Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Supplementary memorandum by the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (RTS 49A)

Annex 1


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 strategy.

BathGreater Nottingham Shropshire
Bournemouth, Poole and ChristchurchHalton Somerset
BristolHampshireSouthend on Sea
BuckinghamshireKingston upon Hull South Gloucestershire
CambridgeshireLancashire Suffolk
CheshireLincolnshire Surrey
CornwallLuton and Dunstable Telford and Werkin
Derby Joint PlanMiddlesbrough Tyne and Wear
DevonNorthamptonshire Warrington
DorsetNorthumberland West Midlands
GloucestershireNorth Lincolnshire West Yorkshire
Greater ManchesterNorth Somerset Wiltshire

  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.

  Minimum requirements

    —  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 targets, describing:

    —  current road accident casualty problem;

    —  how local partners will be drawn into delivery of objectives;

    —  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.

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