Sustainable Transport Strategies
A key part of ITP's mission involves working with clients on sustainable transport plans and strategies. This ranges from plan and strategy development (including appraisal of different options), through implementation management to monitoring and evaluation.
We work extensively with planners and urban designers to produce holistic strategies that support economic development and spatial planning goals, as well as minimising carbon emissions and environmental impacts.
We also undertake themed strategy development. For example, this includes public transport strategies and behavioural change strategies for cities and towns or for new developments and regeneration projects.
Worcester Integrated Transport Strategy - ITP developed an integrated transport strategy for the city of Worcester to enable residential and economic growth and address existing congestion issues. The scheme emphasised high quality public transport, cycle and walk schemes and included a new river bridge and widening of highways. The resultant £96 million scheme secured regional prioritisation. We subsequently worked in partnership with Worcestershire County Council and their term consultants to develop a full business case for the strategy, taking account of likely funding constraints from central Government. As well as providing strategic input, we were responsible for design and appraisal of all smarter choices elements; for accessibility analysis; for social inclusion appraisal; and for appraisal of the likely impacts of the strategy on business and the wider local economy.
East Midlands - Three Cities Agglomeration and Accessibility Study - ITP was commissioned by the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) to undertake a major sub-regional DaSTS study, which examined a range of possible options aimed at improving intra-urban and inter-urban transport movements in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham to encourage economic growth while achieving sustainability goals. The work involved a comprehensive review of the weaknesses in the sub-regional transport networks and the challenges faced in delivering the housing and economic growth identified in the regional strategies. A long list of policy, physical and non-transport interventions was then developed in consultation with a wide range of local stakeholder groups. This was subjected to a widely-praised innovative sifting and appraisal process to identify the most promising options and packages for the sub-region.
Newmarket to Felixstowe Corridor Study - ITP was appointed by the East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) and the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) to conduct a major study on the Newmarket to Felixstowe corridor. This corridor is dominated by the dual carriageway A14 trunk road that links the M1 and M6 in the West Midlands with Felixstowe in the east. We led the project and also coordinated the work of economic and planning sub-consultants. The study output provided a strategic framework which established relative priorities and informed subsequent detailed investigation of the identified specific problems and issues. Our study work informed the first review of the Regional Spatial Strategy, local development framework documents, the second Suffolk LTP, strategic road and rail programmes and plans, and the implementation of the Regional Economic Strategy.
Black Country Joint Core Strategy – We led the transport case on behalf of four West Midlands authorities at the Examination in Public of the Black Country Joint Core Strategy. This is the largest development plan of its kind in the UK, affecting over 1.2 million people. ITP acted as lead technical advisors, presenting the case at the EiP for extensive investment in the transport network to support the economic regeneration of the region and support growth. The Black Country Joint Core Strategy Team, of which we were part, won the 2011 West Midlands RTPI “Team of the Year” award as a result of its efforts.
Worcestershire Local Transport Plan - ITP has worked extensively with Worcestershire County Council and their strategic partners on development, monitoring and revision of their Local Transport Plans since 1999. This has included work on a range of technical strands of the plans, as well as providing high level advice on what the plans should contain. We have worked on Worcestershire’s:
- Walking strategy
- Cycling strategy
- Public transport strategy
- Accessibility strategy
- Safer routes to schools
- Best value reviews
- Annual Progress Reports
- Delivery Reports
Luton Local Transport Plan - ITP has worked with Luton Borough Council on various aspects of their Local Transport Plan since 2003, helping them to gain the accolade of Most Improved Transport Authority in 2005. Specifically, this has included work on public transport strategy and on walking and cycling proposals. We have been instrumental in setting up a long term monitoring and evaluation framework and have assisted Luton in preparation of Annual Progress Reports drawing on data from this framework.
Transport Plans for the City of Kumasi - ITP was commissioned by the Ghana Department for Urban Roads to undertake a World Bank funded project to prepare transport plans for Ghana's second city of Kumasi. The city has grown rapidly in recent years as a transport and commercial hub and is experiencing significant congestion as a result of the influx of people and their commercial and business activities. Our study has involved extensive data collection, the development of a transport model, option development and appraisal, and stakeholder consultation. A medium to long range transport plan is being developed, together with a five year urban transport strategic action plan.
Milton Keynes Evening Transport Strategy - ITP undertook a study to look at ways of improving transport options for evening transport in Milton Keynes to support the local evening and night time economy. This initially involved a market research survey with pub and club goers in the central Milton Keynes area to ascertain user needs and priorities, and benchmarking comparisons with other areas around the country. A number of transport options were considered in the light of legislative and financial constraints and a new taxi marshalling scheme was proposed by the study team. We worked with the Council to monitor and evaluate a two month pilot of this scheme.