LGTAG members will be aware of our recent publication Transforming the Narrative stressing the importance of proper planning and funding of Highway Maintenance throughout the Country. Unfortunately despite the efforts of most London Boroughs to deal with this issue Central Government is being even meaner with funding for maintenance in London and the attached article explains the situation.Transforming-the-Narrative-London-Borough-Perspective.pdf (35 downloads)
The Government consultation on this subject issued in June was responded to by LGTAG in writing and at a recent Landor Conference. Members of LGTAG were consulted during the response.
The main issues seen bus and expressed at the Landor Conference were:
- We understand the 5 Webtag cases and also the need to satisfy the Treasury with the present funding arrangements
- Webtag is very complex and opaque
- There is enormous scope for inaccuracies
- Except in largest authorities there is a need to appoint expensive consultants
- The highest benefit/cost interventions (eg bus lanes, parking enforcement etc) are not favoured over road schemes
- For road schemes ‘economic benefits’ are of little real benefit to society (peak times and 30- 60 years in future)
- There is little confidence that centre (Whitehall and Westminster) can understand or know what works best locally
- The benefits are usually calculated as a small difference between two enormous sums of time spent on network – this is mathematically unsound
- There are a multitude of sometimes spurious assumptions (e.g. speed flow curves with unlimited capacity, assumed speed on minor roads, no measures of extra traffic and congestion from generated traffic outside study area)
- Modelled traffic assigned to roads is sometimes factors out
- Behavioural value of time may be important for modelling but peak hour car travellers time of little ‘societal’ value
- Then — how accurate are the COSTS of the intervention especially for large road and rail schemes?!
Our full submission is attached LGTAG-Response-to-DfT-Appraisal-and-Modelling-Strategy.pdf (32 downloads)
There is an ever increasing disjoint between the 3% of the network that are motorways and the local roads. No journey ever starts or ends at a motorway – invariably it is local council roads that matter most to people. There is a policy disjoint in understanding how people travel. Adding yet more and more funds to motorways is in marked contrast with the 97% of the network – managed by Councils – which form the lifeblood of jobs, trade and economic growth. Local roads are tired, shabby and undermine the desire to encourage cycling and walking. This is not just about preventing a £1,000 of damage to a car wheel; it is the elderly who trip and slip on flagstones creating massive cost to the NHS. Equally it is the unsafe roads that prevent children safely cycling to school – a the heart of Britain’s childhood obesity epidemic. “Transforming the Narrative”
As LGTAG members and most people involved with Transport and Planning know, maximum parking provision standards in new developments are a very important tool in the planning and development of our towns and this isn’t new but dates at least back to Buchanan’s advice in Traffic in Towns in 1963. Unfortunately it seems possible that the review of NPPF will not reiterate the importance of maximum standards.
Accordingly LGTAG with CIHT, TPS, LFACS and CBT have recently written to the government as in the attached edited word version of the e-mail sent to government.
We have suggested a wording for Standards as follows:
delete first sentence of draft revised NPPF para 107; and
- substitute with:
“Local planning authorities should set local parking standards for residential and non-residential uses, expressed as maximum parking standards, taking into account:
- the location of the development;
- its accessibility by and availability of public transport;
- the type, mix and use of development; and
- the overall need to reduce the use of high-emission vehicles. “
LGTAG members are all welcome to attend the AGM, which will be held on the afternoon of 21 May 2018 in London.
The following day, the 2018 LGTAG Presidents’ Conference ‘Leading change and building resilience at the heart of local communities’ takes place at the Hallam Conference Centre, London.
The conference is celebrating local government at the heart of placemaking, and brings together leading practitioners across sectors who are leading the way for how we survive and thrive amidst significant technological change.
- Jesse Norman MP – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
- Bridget Fox – Campaign for Better Transport
- Lilli Matson – Transport for London
- Lyn Basford – CIHT Futures
- Graham Hanson – Department for Transport
- Steve Birdsall – Gaist
- Andrew Radford – Birmingham City Council
- Asiya Jelani – Arriva Click
- Speaker – Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure
- Hugh Deeming – Hugh Deeming Research
- Dominic Donnini – Cumbria County Council
- Jonathan Munslow – South West Highways Alliance
See the conference flyer below for more details, and to book online via EventbriteAGM-Agenda-210518.docx (0 downloads) Presidents-Conference-Poster-v11.pdf (49 downloads)
Highways Magazine 18/05/2018 – Improving the Future of Here and Now, interview with John Lamb sharing priorities and plans for his upcoming LGTAG Presidency 2018-19
As some members will be aware we have responded on RIS 2 for the Strategic Road Network (see story below).
There have been 33 downloads of our submission.
Read More “LGTAG draft response on MRN consultation”
The government has been consulting on the next stage in the development of the Strategic Road Network.
Please see link source
Read More “Response to Government / HE consultation on RIS2”
This must attend conference is being held on Thursday 8 March at Park Plaza Victoria London Hotel.It addresses Read More “CIHT – Annual Conference 8th March 2018”
LGTAG members are aware that we gave written and Oral evidence (by Dominic Proud and John Elliott to this Inquiry in late 2016 early 2017.
Read More “LGTAG Evidence to HOC Committee on Urban Congestion (2016/7)”
LGTAG have recently submitted evidence to the NIC’s consultation on congestion capacity and carbon- see attachmentTAG-response-to-NIC-consultation-report-on-Congestion-Capacity-and-carbon-v11-1-.doc (0 downloads)