Memorandum by South Yorkshire Integrated
Transport Group (TYP 42)
This response has been prepared on behalf of
the South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Group, which includes
Officers from the four South Yorkshire Highway Authorities and
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive. It will be submitted
to the South Yorkshire Planning and Transportation Steering Group
for political endorsement. This Group consists of two Members
of each of the South Yorkshire District Councils with responsibilities
for Planning and Transportation issues, together with the Chair
and Vice Chair of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority.
We believe that it is important that the Sub-Committee
considers two issues in particular as part of its deliberations.
1. FUNDING IMPROVEMENTS
Long term investment in the quality and level
of rail services is necessary to provide better strategic connections
to and from South Yorkshire and improve local services. Funding
will be required to remove capacity constraints, open new stations,
improve the quality of rolling stock and support new or enhanced
services. This would support the 10 Year Plan targets of reducing
road congestion and increasing rail use and would support sustainable
economic development in line with the objectives of the Transport
White Paper. Overall, investment in the order of £1 billion
would be required over the next 20-25 years to meet our aspirations.
It is considered that the prospects of securing such investment
have been reduced by the recent problems in the rail industry.
There is concern that delays in securing long term franchise renewals
are delaying commitment to investment by private sector companies
and that the SRA's investment strategy may favour investment in
strategic rail links and the South East at the expense of other
2. REVENUE FUNDING
The 10 Year Plan provided much needed increases
in the level of funding for capital projects. This has led to
increased funding for Local Transport Plan projects. However,
there has not been a commensurate increase in revenue funding.
Capital investment needs increased revenue expenditure to maintain
assets, staff facilities, run information systems, support public
transport services etc. A study into Transport and Social Inclusion
in South Yorkshire concluded that many of the issues could only
be addressed through increased revenue funding, for instance to
support conventional public transport services, community transport
and less conventional initiatives.
Please contact me if you require further information
in support of this submission.
Chair of South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Group