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TOPIC: A local sustainable transport strategy

A local sustainable transport strategy #1

Our project is designed to transform how visitors get to and travel around the central and southern Lake District. It is targeted at visitors because their travel is responsible for three-quarters of total Lake District carbon emissions. At the same time, it will also provide better transport for residents, easier access to their local countryside and make sure that local businesses are involved – and benefit from - delivery.

Nine projects have been designed to tackle the barriers to sustainable travel, including:
• enhancements to passenger transport services including bike carriage on buses, evening services and denser water bus services
• traffic management to tackle congestion and reduce delays
• integration between modes and smart ticketing closely targeted to user markets
• safe, continuous networks for walking, cycling and wheelchair use
• pay-as-you-go hire of electric bikes and clean vehicles, all located where people stay
• targeted information, marketing and branding.

In terms of environmental impact; the project is anticipated to save 11,000 tonnes CO2e by 2015, generating up to 100 FTE jobs and an extra £7million in visitor revenue per year by 2015.
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A local sustainable transport strategy #2

Brighton & Hove City Council (Tranche 1)
Lewes Road Corridor (£4.03m)
This bid includes a package of measures focusing on Lewes Road corridor and links to the South Downs Park. Lewes Road is one of only three key arterial routes into the city and carries high volumes of both strategic and local traffic. Increases in car usage over the years has caused chronic severance between the east and the western side of the area, traffic congestion, poor air and noise quality, and high accident rates. Package includes improvements to public transport, walking and cycling access, and travel planning targeting residents, the universities and local schools.
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A local sustainable transport strategy #3

Thurrock Council (Tranche 1)
Thurrock Sustainable Travel Choices (£5m)

This package is focused on enabling modal shift away from single occupancy car use towards sustainable transport such as walking, cycling and public transport. The package includes workplace, school and station travel planning, personalised journey planning, lift sharing, and marketing and promotional activities, complemented by targeted improvements in infrastructure for walking, cycling and public transport. A Freight Quality Partnership and associated measures will be developed to improve the economic and environmental performance of local industry in this authority area.
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A local sustainable transport strategy #4

Durham County Council
South Durham embracing Local Motion (£2.008m)

This package is centred around the establishment of a travel hub in an enhanced Bishop Auckland station which ultimately will also include a cycle hire facility. Travel Rangers based at the hub are the key points-of-contact for public engagement and the encouragement of sustainable transport use, complemented with individualised travel marketing delivered by Travel Advisors. Also included are bus service enhancements including improvements to the Bishop Auckland – Darlington bus route; development of a smart card solution; real time information improvements; and driver training. Schools are also being engaged with a Bike It Officer, resources and an accreditation scheme.
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A local sustainable transport strategy #5

In Southend on Sea we’re focussing on 4 elements:

1. Marketing and Behavioural Change toolkit-
a. A piece of research work to determine how and why people choose travel modes and a strategy and toolkit to promote sustainable transport choices and encourage behavioural change.
b. A community engagement and consultation programme to increase community and stakeholder participation in identifying, developing and delivering projects across the programme. This includes a Stakeholder and Community Governance engagement programme and an enhanced Community Consultation and Engagement Strategy in the delivery of projects including infrastructure.

2. Walking, cycling and public transport
a. The further development of our successful Cycle Southend project
b. Creation of a social enterprise sustainable transport hub and bike recycle centre
c. Developing a ‘Walk Southend’ project and website.
d. Working with our public transport providers on developing a metro type ticket for Southend

3. Travel Planning
a. Personalized travel planning delivered in neighbourhoods with volunteers working through our voluntary sector partners
b. Developing new travel plan models for Businesses, Schools & Colleges and the University;
c. expanding the work of the existing MoveEasy travel planning network with other organisations, schools and voluntary organisations (particularly Southend Association of Voluntary Services);
d. Continuation and expansion of Station Travel Plans;
e. Joining with Essex County Council to support Workplace, Residential Travel Plans and to introduce an accreditation system

4. Better informed citizens and businesses
a. a web based travel planning portal;
b. enhancing existing Intelligent Transport Systems including ANPR, Variable Message Signs, Webcams, CCTV, Traffic Control systems to develop a new Integrated Traffic Management Centre;
c. Automatic Vehicle Location – support for the procurement of essential new bus location, real time system, smartcard and better informed traffic management
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A local sustainable transport strategy #6

Hi Alistair, can I pick up on your “Pay-as-you-go hire of electric bikes and clean vehicles”. There is quite some interest down here in the East of England on electric bikes. We have watched with interest an experiment in Stuttgart that used 500 bikes. The issues that seem to come up are the choice of an electric bike that is suitable for a hire application. The other question is whether you go for a hire similar to vehicle hire, where people collect and leave a deposit or do you go for the automated hire like the Barclays Bikes in London?
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A local sustainable transport strategy #7

Hi Keith
Here in Southend we are just completing an electric bike pilot scheme. We've leased a number of pedalec type bikes and have been loaning them to organisations, businesses etc to trial. We have had tremendous interest and really positive feedback. We're looking at how we might take the interest forward with a social enterprise we are setting up and potentially in partnerhsip with the Electric Bike Network from whom we have leased the bikes. They lease electric bike fleets to organisatiosn and businesses as well as electric bike hire for leisure and tourism activities in places such as The Lakes, The Peak District and Devon. We are working on the case study of our project which was funded by LSTF and the Sustainability East Climate Change Skills Fund which should be available at the end of April.
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A local sustainable transport strategy #8

If people take the bus rather than drive in their individual cars then we all benefit from cleaner air,
buses have the common conception of dirty exhausts.The important consideration is that the per-mile emissions are significantly lower for bus travel than for car travel. This occurs because of a simple reason, the bus carries more people. Other benefits also follow. If we used the bus, then less parking spaces would need to be developed and maintained. This leads to savings in public money or your employers money. Fewer car parks also means less developed land and that the waterways have less strain on them in dealing with storm run-off. It all leads to reduced congestion.
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A local sustainable transport strategy #9

Nesta, Challenge for Change and CTC are running a Workplace Cycle Challenge Prize to increase the number of people cycling to and from work in the UK.
Since 2008 Challenge for Change and CTC have run 34 workplace cycling programmes engaging with more than 50,000 people from 2,100 organisations. These programmes are proven to be highly successful at:
• Encouraging non-cyclists to take up cycling
• Encouraging occasional cyclists to start cycling regularly and
• Encouraging more people to cycle for transport
The Workplace Cycle Challenge Prize is now calling on all UK workplaces with more than 10 employees to come up with new ways of increasing the number of employees cycling to and from work.
We will award the winner a prize of £25,000.

Judges may also decide to recognise a runner up innovation or innovations at their discretion.
A total of £25,000 development will also be awarded across competitors.
More info on: www.nesta.org.uk/areas_of_work/challenge...ycle_challenge_prize
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A local sustainable transport strategy #10

Eastleigh Borough Council as part of Transport for South Hampshire (TfSH) is starting to benefit from both LSTF funding and BBAF funding bid wins in the area.

LSTF funding is being used by TfSH, along with £7 million of BBAF funding to improve bus service reliability and onboard facilities such as wifi and real-time information. The BBAF funding is currently being used to refurbish existing bus vehicle stocks and provide free on board wifi for passengers. Real time information in both audible and visual format is also being added as part of refurbishment. Bus priority measures and junction improvements for bus priority measures will be also implemented as part of this funding and also the LSTF.

More LSTF funding is earmarked for a marketing campaign that will increase awareness of bus services and also advertise the improvements that have been made to the vehicles to attract new passengers to try the bus and therefore create modal shift to sustainable modes. Thus in South Hampshire and at Eastleigh we are working to coordinate LSTF funding with other funding streams to maximise benefits of both pots of funding.
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A local sustainable transport strategy #11

First, some wider background for the rationale of the LSTF projects in In South Hampshire which Eastleigh are involved in: The LSTF bid was primarily designed to help support growth aspirations of the two major cities and also the various large towns including Eastleigh. There is a strong development agenda across South Hampshire seeking to deliver more jobs and development to help boost the economic vitality of the area. If delivery of the planned level of development were to be attempted with the current levels of sustainable travel use, our studies showed that the existing transport network with its heavy focus on single occupancy car use would be unable to service the demand- essentially choking off the desired growth. Given that further road development or indeed any requirement for new large-scale infrastructure would be undesirable and a poor choice in the long term, significant development of sustainable modes on (mostly) existing networks was shown to be the most viable and pragmatic solution to enable growth- and this is a solution which also cuts carbon, hence a good match with the DfT’s criteria for the LSTF.

In terms of what we’re actually using the money on, there is a wide spectrum of projects which stand to benefit, from the very large and complex (eg setting up a pan-South Hampshire public transport smartcard to help make journeys truly integrated) through to very small scale things such as localised improvements to crossings and improved interchange information and signage, to help tackle a long list of small but important barriers to people making sustainable transport choices.

The three workstreams are:

1) Multiple low cost physical and information improvements along nine key corridors to ensure that public transport provides a realistic, reliable and therefore attractive alternative to the private car, linking people to jobs – total cost £16.4m. Includes:

2) Integration of public transport through a new Oyster-style smartcard across all bus and ferry services in South Hampshire and a heavy focus on use of IT & communications advances to help plan journeys and encourage modal shift- total cost £9.3m

3) A highly targeted marketing approach to achieve behavioural change, underpinning the other two elements – total cost £5.1m

As a district we find ourselves now in particular focused on ensuring local delivery of elements 1 and 3 is done in the best possible way.
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A local sustainable transport strategy #12

Health services generate a need for travel by patients, staff and visitors.
Around one million journeys taken in London every day are health-related and the impact of these journeys can affect access to healthcare, the surrounding community through congestion, impact upon the environment, health and quality of life.

A travel plan is a package of measures that address transport and travel issues
associated with a healthcare site’s activities. It may address some or all of the following:

• Staff travel – to/from work or in the course of work
• Patient and visitor travel
• Use of fleet vehicles
• Deliveries and contractors
A travel plan is a ‘live document’ that is monitored and develops over time according to the changing circumstances of the healthcare site and the environment in which it
operates. Effective plans involve staff, patients and visitors in finding new ways to reduce the traffic impact of health facilities and for improving transport options to the site.

The benefits of a travel plan include:
• Saving money for the NHS and employees
• Increasing the travel options for staff, visitors and patients
• Becoming a more attractive employer
• Reducing carbon emissions
• Building a healthier, more productive workforce
• Making business journeys and site deliveries more efficient
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A local sustainable transport strategy #13

This vision drives the Government’s local transport strategy. The Department for Transport has devolved power to deliver this vision to councils and communities by making £600m available through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. I am delighted to have announced funding for 96 projects across England from the Fund since July 2011.

We all know there can be barriers to making smarter choices when we travel. Sometimes the answers are as simple as providing clear information about transport services. In other cases, people may need a nudge to persuade them to leave their car at home. That is why projects benefiting from the Fund are so important. They offer a wide range of innovative solutions – including car clubs and employees sharing lifts to work, smart ticketing, and infrastructure improvements designed to make it easier and safer for more people to walk and cycle.

Encouraging people to make smarter travel choices also includes making it easier and more convenient for people to get to and from the station, and for rail journeys to better integrate with other forms of public transport. Stations are a key component of many door-to-door journeys, often providing the initial gateway to the public transport system, or being a vital intermediary point in a traveller's journey.

That is why investment in stations and reform of how the railways are run is important. We have invested £150 million through the National Stations Improvement Programmes which is aimed at improving the passenger experience, and over £100 million has already been spent on projects in England and Wales, benefiting over 240 stations. In addition, the £370 million Access for All scheme makes it easier for passengers with limited mobility to access the railway network. By granting longer rail franchises we will give train operators the incentive to invest in improvements that passengers want, including better integration. In franchise bids, we have included a requirement for train operators to consider the door-to-door journey and have regard to other transport modes.

But Government has only ever been part of this story. To make this vision a reality, industry players need to work in partnership to create better travel options for the public. They need to consider what passengers really need to provide a seamless journey experience. So let’s work together to make the most of this opportunity. The scale of investment in sustainable travel across England is higher than it has ever been. With local contributions matching the Department's funding through LSTF, there is a collective investment of over £1 billion in local sustainable travel between 2011-15. These projects have an opportunity to make a huge difference working in partnership with a wide range of delivery partners, and the Department for Transport is fully committed to enabling sustainable travel to flourish through these projects.

I look forward to seeing you at the conference in London at the end of October.
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