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DEVELOPING THE
TRANSPORTATION NETWORK IN
WREXHAM


Delivering our statutory functions’


Environment & Regeneration

Scrutiny Committee

13 December 2007


Transportation & Asset Management Dept

Environment Dept


Strategic Transport Policy Context

* taken from Wales Transport Strategy Consultation Document


“Local
Implementation”



Demand Management



Network Management




Promoting Travel
Choice





Wales Spatial Plan

Wales Transport
Strategy


Regional Transport

Plan

Provision of viable
alternatives to single
occupancy car travel

Making best use of the
transport infrastructure


Restrain/reduce the
growth in traffic.


Transport Themes


Flow Chart Commentary





















“Local
Implementation”


Wales Spatial Plan

Wales Transport
Strategy


Regional Transport

Plan

-


a
20

year plan for the sustainable development

of Wales

-


provides a framework for the contribution that

transport can make to achieving a sustainable

future for Wales.

-


provides the mechanism to deliver transport

aspirations at the local and regional level.

-


local transport aspirations feed into and

inform the development of regional transport

policies


Regional Transport Plan















The Transport (Wales) Act 2006 and the Railways Act 2005 gave the
Welsh Assembly Government powers to plan and improve the
transport system in Wales.



Amongst the most important provisions are;





-


to produce a Wales Transport Strategy,



-


new powers to promote regional transport planning (i.e. Regional

Transport Plans).



-


direct control of local and regional rail services.



RTPs will provide detail of the transport policies, schemes and other
interventions each consortia wish to develop in their respective
regions, irrespective of immediate authority boundaries.








Taith link


Regional Transport Plan















RTP are to be statutory plans with the following essential features:



-

LTPs are superseded by the RTP which will cover the same

subject areas but apply to the wider region



-

As with the LTP the RTP must cover all transport modes.



-

The RTP will apply for a five year period and Annual Progress

Reports will need be submitted annually.



-

WAG is reviewing the funding mechanism for transport in Wales.



-

A new transport assessment process is being implemented

(WelTAG).




-

The timetable for submission of the draft RTP is March 2008.



-

The final RTP needs to be submitted in October 2008 for implementation


in April 2009.









Local Implementation “Transport Themes”




Transport is a multi


faceted subject creating opportunities to access

jobs, services, education, health, leisure and social activities, and

connects businesses and products to market.




Transport is not however an end in itself. It provides a means of

achieving something or getting somewhere.




Improving transport provision is an important way of delivering

economic, social and environmental objectives and enhancing

quality of life.




Our transport focus must, to be consistent with the national objectives

for transport contained within the WTS, concentrate on 3 key

transport themes.

-
Network Management


-
Demand Management

-

Promoting Travel Choice











Local Implementation “Transport Themes”




Within each of the transport themes there are a range of statutory functions

and processes that highways authorities are required to undertake.




To supplement these statutory duties there are a range of existing and new

initiatives that are undertaken to meet the desired outcomes for transport both

locally and nationally.




“Some” statutory functions required include:


-

A duty to undertake accident investigation and preparation of




remedial/prevention measures (existing function)


-

Highways Asset Management Plan documents the status, condition, lifecycle


planning and valuation of all transport related assets.


-

Network Management Duty


New legislation contained as part of the Traffic


Management Act 2004




Contained within the Transport Wales Act 2006 are powers allowing WAG to

intervene in situations where local authorities are failing to discharge their

statutory transportation duties.










Highways Asset Management Plan

Processes Include:



Network Definition


Detailed definition of network hierarchy for all modes.



Asset Collection


Compilation of detailed catalogue of all transport related
infrastructure.




Condition Surveys


A series of assessment and inspections are undertaken on all asset
types in accordance with pre
-
determined set frequency dependant
on hierarchy definition.




Maintenance Policies


Development of maintenance policies for all asset types i.e.
carriageway resurfacing etc


( Policy

)

Streetscene link


Highways Asset Management Plan







Lifecycle Maintenance Plans


Sets standards and intervention criteria to achieve maintenance
policies for all asset types. Enables business case development for
future budget forecasts.



Maintenance Programme


Programme of proposed schemes to achieve maintenance policy
standards.



Asset Valuation


The value of all assets relating to transport infrastructure need to be
included within authorities accounts. Annual fluctuations will show
asset depreciation or appreciation and reflect the Authorities
capability to manage the asset.

Network Management Plan

Traffic Management Act 2004


Network Management Plan


Network Definition


The network needs defining to enable decisions to be made in
relation to the duty. E.g. Traffic Sensitivity


Consultation


With all stakeholders to engage them in the process e.g. public, bus
companies, businesses


Co
-
ordination


All activities must be co
-
ordinated to reduce congestion / delays e.g.
works, events, refuse collection


Communication


Inform the public about events on the highway e.g. Roadworks,
Emergency Incidents, Parades



Network Management Plan


Incident Response


Have plans in place to deal with unplanned incidents e.g. Inclement
Weather, Road Traffic Collisions



Enforcement
(Policy

)


Ensure Utility Works are completed on time
-

Charges / FPN


Ensure Highway Works are completed on time


PI’s


Permit schemes for Scaffolds / Skips


CPE








CPE link


Evaluation


Measuring weather the policy is working e.g. Performance
Indicators, Targets, Journey Times


Environment

Department

-



TAM Department

-


Provides
Feedback

Provide

Policy

Who does
what

Summary


Much of the work described in this presentation
has been ongoing for some time. This exercise is
intended to demonstrate what is already being
done as well as outlining what needs to be done.


This work is essential and will feed into the
development of the RTP


Members will approve:


Timetable for project


Maintenance Policies


Network Management Plan and associated
policies



Timetable for proposed policy
development



Presentation to scrutiny
-

Dec 07


Reports prepared by Officers
-

Jan
-

March 08


Consultations with stakeholders
-

April 08


Workshops for Officers/Members
-

May 08


Risk Assessment workshop
-

May 08


Scrutiny Update
-

June 08


Environment,Health and Equality impact
assessment
-

Aug
-

Sept 08


Report to Scrutiny
-

Nov 08


Report to Executive Board
-

Dec 08

Review and Management of Project Risks



An Initial risk assessment exercise on RTP delivery has been
undertaken. This has been subject to periodic review and update.


Through planned mitigation and changing circumstances. Many of
the early risks are no longer considered a significant threat to the
delivery and on
-
going operation of DPE in Wrexham.


The on
-
going review of the delivery of the RTP has highlighted a
series of new areas of additional risk:





Allocation / use of resources




Impact 1

-

Failure to deliver local and regional transportation





Mitigation

-

Agree priorities for service plans via Scrutiny and





Executive Board.



Local Government Elections


Impact 1

-

Change of direction for local and regional transportation


Mitigation


-

Work within National principles and best practice I.e via



WLGA and CSS.


Performance of Regional Consortium


Taith


Impact 1

-

WAG establish a joint transport Authority for delivery of the


transport agenda in the region.



Mitigation
-


Wrexham officers are playing a significant and active role on


RTP development at all levels (e.g. Member, Strategic


Director and Chief Officer level.)

Review and Management of Project Risks