Local Transport Plan
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is required by law to periodically review its Local Transport Plan (LTP) for the area covered by the West Midlands seven metropolitan districts/boroughs which include Coventry. The LTP sets out the policies to promote safe, integrated, efficient and economic transport to, from and within our area as well as plans to implement those policies. This must be done in a way that addresses the regions economic, social and environmental challenges and opportunities.
Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) is supporting WMCA to update its current plan. They have published a Green Paper to drive engagement with people, businesses and other key stakeholders across the region. It is called “Reimagining transport in the West Midlands: a conversation about change”. There is a short introduction to it here, it can be downloaded here and a 14 page “summary” is available here. Or just watch this 2.5 minute video.
This conversation will be based on an online survey whose responses will be used to inform the final version of the LTP.
The survey is available here until Friday 24th September 2021.
In the past, transport planning has been based on the “Predict and Provide” principle. That is, Predict where under-capacity or safety will be a problem and then Provide more roads and/or railways.
Policy makers are beginning to recognise the problems with this approach:
- Increasing CO2 emissions
- Streets blocked with cars – parked and (slowly) moving
- Public health problems due to people having little or no physical exercise
- Problems accessing services for those who can’t access a car
- Deaths from air pollution
- Significant resistance from residents to new road and railway construction
To name a just a few.
So the Green Paper proposes an alternative. Instead of “more of the same”, transport projects should be assessed according to how much they help with broad societal objectives, namely:
- Creating a fairer society
- Supporting local communities and places
- Making people more active
- Achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2041
- Sustaining economic success
This article includes input from an article by George Riches on the CTC Coventry website.