Full Council meeting agrees Local Transport Strategy
A proposed Local Transport Strategy (LTS) and associated plans were adopted by elected members at today’s (Tuesday 30 October) full Council meeting. The strategy has been developed from a draft strategy launched in February 2018 and shaped by comments and representation at public workshops and other consultation events.
An amendment raised at the Council meeting by the Conservative Group was agreed which includes that East Lothian Council will assess the demand on town centre parking supply, and appraise on an individual town by town basis, taking into account the views of local people, and where appropriate East Lothian Council will introduce charging for off-street car parking and/or off-street parking places.
Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Norman Hampshire, said: “Transport impacts on all residents in East Lothian – including safe, accessible routes for children to school, options for people travelling to work, shopping or leisure and for businesses to transport goods and services. Increasingly the environmental impact of transport choices needs to be considered and greater opportunities offered for active travel and sustainable transport options.
“East Lothian’s population has increased significantly in recent years and more planned developments will come to fruition over the next few years. The council, through its Local Development Plan, has identified ways in which developers can integrate transport systems and create the means for varied and safer transport options. This strategy outlines both a vision and a commitment for integrated transport links for our communities that residents, visitors and businesses can all benefit from.”
The LTS outlines a range of problems and issues affecting Transport in East Lothian. The Council has identified five core Themes which provide the overarching framework under which the actions and measures to deliver the LTS all sit. These include
- Maintenance Strategy & Whole Life Costing
- A Safer East Lothian
- Active Travel and Healthy Lifestyles
- Accommodating Growth and Supporting the Economy
- Encouraging Sustainable Travel
The five policies when combined form the strategy. To deliver each aspect of the strategy and address the identified problems and issues a series of four main action plans have been defined. These include;
Active Travel Improvement Plan (ATIP) which focuses on improving health and well-being by promoting active travel and sustainable transport options. Key outcomes are to
- improve air quality
- reduce congestion
- improve connectivity
- encourage active life-styles
- improve integration.
Parking Management Strategy (PMS) which takes an hierarchical approach to parking, to evaluate parking supply and demand and use appropriate interventions to improve town centre vitality and vibrancy, to improve accessibility for all users, to encourage the use of public transport.
Road Asset Management Plan (RAMP) which promotes good stewardship of existing road infrastructure assets within the available budget, sets out appropriate means to test and evaluate the condition of the network and recommends suitable maintenance treatments over the whole life of the asset.
Road Safety Plan (RSP) The purpose of the RSP is to provide safer roads for all users through a co-ordinated approach with partner organisations to manage speed, provide engineering improvements, educate, and encourage safer road practises.
The delivery of the interventions necessary to implement the strategy and associated plans covering a five-year period is estimated to be a total of £69 million (capital and revenue). Current expenditure on asset management – maintenance and renewals is £50m. The additional expenditure on transport interventions £5m, parking improvements £3m, road safety £1m and £10m for active travel will be spread over a period of time dictated by the rate of development within East Lothian and sourcing match funding opportunities from Transport Scotland and partner organisations.