Supplementary memorandum by the Department
for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (RTS 49A)
Response to Questions 372-4
Local Transport authorities in England and Wales
(as defined by Section 108 (4) of the Transport Act 2000) are
required to produce Local Transport Plans (LTPs). Separate arrangements
apply in Scotland and London. The London Boroughs submit their
local implementation plans to the Mayor.
The Department's guidance to English local authorities
(outside London) on LTPs, issued in March 2000, sets out the requirements
for LTPs, including their content. The assessment of what LTPs
are likely to deliver is based on the appraisal evidence presented
by local authorities and the quality of the LTP itself. The quality
of each LTP was assessed in terms of coverage and the extent to
which authorities demonstrated compliance with the guidance on
the LTP process. The key criteria used in assessing the quality
of LTPs, including the road safety strategy, was included in the
guidance, so that authorities were clear as to what was expected
of them. See below for the detailed criteria for establishing
a road safety strategy.
Full LTPs were submitted in July 2000. The LTPs
submitted for the following areas were considered to have exceeded
the minimum requirements for the establishment of a road safety
|Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch||Halton
|Bristol||Hampshire||Southend on Sea
|Buckinghamshire||Kingston upon Hull
|Cornwall||Luton and Dunstable
||Telford and Werkin|
|Derby Joint Plan||Middlesbrough
||Tyne and Wear|
|Greater Manchester||North Somerset
The Gloucester Safer City project, which ended last year,
is a good example of what can be achieved by a committed authority
with a developed strategy. We are also alive to the need to disseminate
good practice, and the last summer published A Road Safety
Good Practice Guide. This is aimed at local authority practitioners
and includes many examples of local authorities carrying out innovative
and successful road safety measures.
10. Establish a road safety strategy.
Plan contains local casualty reduction targets
for 2005, with milestone targets, based on the national targets
to be achieved by 2010.
Local road safety strategy for achieving those
current road accident casualty problem;
how local partners will be drawn into delivery
evidence that road safety issues have been considered
in relevant policy areas such as planning education, social policies,
motorcycling and measures to promote cycling and walking;
a table of performance indicators to be updated
in annual progress reports, including:
(a) total casualties for the authority area, with
children separately identified;
(b) the list of cost effective engineering schemes
planned for year one, including the number and type of casualties
reported at the sites to be treated, the type and cost of scheme
to be implemented, the number of casualties expected to be saved
as a result of each scheme, actual casualties following scheme
completion, identifying children separately;
(c) a broad indication of the priorities for schemes
over years two to five; and
(d) the education, training and publicity measures
it will undertake and giving an indication of RSG (or other current
expenditure resources) to be devoted to it.
Characteristics of a good LTP
Local casualty reduction targets which are realistic
but more demanding than the national targets with an explanation
should the target not comply with these guidelines.
An appreciation of the problem of slight injuries
and that consideration is being given to how to stem the increase
in this type of casualty.
Comprehensive assessment of the road accident
casualty problem in the local authority area, both generally and
specifically in relation to children, and the means by which it
will need to be addressed.
Use of actual accident data, to set the new targets
in context. Children separately identified.
Sound monitoring arrangements to establish the
position before schemes are implemented and the results.
A clear indication of intent to use RSG (or other
LA resources) to road safety education, training and publicity
and a five year plan of ETP activity.
Evidence of effective liaison and partnership
with other stakeholders, such as the local health authority, local
authority planning department and the police.
A strategy for how local road safety campaigns
will complement national publicity.