CITY REGION SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT SETTLEMENT COMBINED AUTHORITY TRANSPORT PLAN PROGRAMME 2023/24
Decision Maker: Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
This report seeks approval of the recommended City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) Combined Authority Transport Plan (CATP) programme for 2023/24 and delegated authority to the Director of Neighbourhoods to accept the associated grant funding. The report also seeks approval for the indicative recommended CRSTS CATP programme for 2024-2027.
The effective delivery of the council’s CRSTS CATP programme aligns with the Wirral Plan 2021-26, in particular: working for safe and pleasant communities; active and healthy lives; inclusive economy and working for a sustainable environment.
The effective delivery of the council’s CRSTS CATP programme contributes to the strategic objectives of the Liverpool City Region Road Safety Strategy
Resolved – That
(1) the proposed City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement Combined Authority Transport Plan programme for 2023/24 as set out in Appendix A to this report be approved.
(2) the indicative City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement Combined Authority Transport Plan programme for 2024/27 as set out in Appendix B to this report be approved.
The Director of Neighbourhood Services be authorised to:
(a) accept the grant funding allocated to Wirral Council by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for the 2023/24 City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement Combined Authority Transport Plan programme and any related grant funding subsequently awarded.
(b) in consultation with the Chair and Spokespersons of the Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee amend the programme having regard for available resources and risk-based prioritisation of schemes.
(4) the Director of Law and Governance be authorised to negotiate and finalise any grant funding agreements associated with these recommendations.
Reasons for the decision:
To ensure that the transport capital programme reflects the Liverpool City Regions Combined Authority (LCRCA) Transport Plan, Liverpool City Region Road Safety Strategy, Mayoral priorities and the Wirral 2021-26 Plan and has the flexibility to ensure delivery of the most effective schemes within the financial year.
The effective delivery of the council’s CRSTS CATP programme contributes to the following strategic objectives of the Liverpool City Region Road Safety Strategy outcomes:
• A reduction in the number and severity of road traffic collisions working to a target of no avoidable collisions by 2040;
• Creating the conditions for more people to make safer journeys on foot or by bicycle and enabling more children to walk and cycle to school; and
• Contributing to improved air quality and reducing climate changing C02 emissions
Alternative options considered:
The Council could decide not to accept the grant funding offered. This is not considered to be an appropriate option given that the proposed programmes and projects identified within this report enable the council to comply with its statutory duties as set out in the Highways Act 1980, Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984, Road Traffic Act 1988, Local Government Act 2000 and the Traffic Management Act 2004 and address the priorities of the LCRCA Transport Plan, Liverpool City Region Road Safety Strategy, the Council’s Road Safety Working Group, Wirral 2021-26 Plan and climate emergency declaration.
The funding cannot be accepted and used for other purposes as it would not meet the grant funding award agreement conditions. Schemes and projects have been developed in line with guidance provided by the LCRCA.
Report author: Simon Fox
Publication date: 15/03/2023
Date of decision: 14/03/2023
Decided at meeting: 14/03/2023 - Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee
Effective from: 21/03/2023