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									Report to the                                               Wards – All

East Area Committee                -       2 July 2008
Northern Area Committee            -       12 June 2008
North Carr Area Committee          -       18 June 2008
Park Area Committee                -       25 June 2008
Riverside Area Committee           -       11 June 2008
West Area Committee                -       25 June 2008
Wyke Area Committee                -       18 June 2008


       Streetscene Services - Local Transport Plan (LTP) 2008/09 to 2010/11

Report of the Head of Streetscene Services

1.    Purpose of the Report and Summary

      1.1     To provide an update of 07/08 schemes undertaken within the Area.

      1.2     To provide an overview on the LTP and objectives.

      1.3     To clarify funding levels.

      1.4     To explain current methods of prioritisation and include UKPMS list.

      1.5     To present a proposed 3 year programme and seek appropriate
              amendments.

2.    Recommendations

      2.1     That members note the process of inclusion and subsequent
              prioritisation of the proposed programme of works.

      2.2     That members raise appropriate amendments to the programme,
              considering a balance between local issues and a strategic view of
              delivering LTP objectives.


      This is a key decision. The matter is in the Forward Plan – Ref. No. 0019/08


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Introduction

      2.3      This report will provide Area Committees with details of LTP schemes
               delivered in 2007/08 and will explain any amendments made to the
               approved programme. (Appendix A)

      2.4      The report will also clarify the objectives of the LTP, the source and
               levels of funding and marry this up with the methods used to identify
               and prioritise individual schemes.

      2.5      This report will then present a proposed 3 year programme of works
               which will continue to ensure the delivery of the LTP objectives.

      2.6      Furthermore the Area Interface Officers (AIOs) will keep Members
               updated with regards the progress of scheme within their Area.

3.    Issues for Consideration

      3.1      LTP Vision and Objectives

      3.2      Every five years Kingston upon Hull City Council produces a Local
               Transport Plan. The Council’s second Local Transport Plan to cover
               the years 2006 to 2011, was approved by Cabinet on 31 January 2006
               and was submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) in March
               2006.

      3.3      Hull’s Local Transport Plan for 2001 to 2006 proved to be a success,
               improving transport and road safety for many people in the City.
               However it was acknowledged there was still much work to do to tackle
               transport issues in the City such as reducing traffic congestion on major
               routes, improving the condition of our roads, providing better public
               transport and tackling road safety issues.

      3.4      Following an extensive consultation process the following vision for
               transport in the City was adopted: “To provide and develop a safe and
               efficient transport system that contributes to the social, environmental
               and economic well being of the residents, businesses and visitors to
               the City and provides equal opportunities for everyone to access key
               services using, where possible, ‘green’ alternatives to the private car.”

      3.5      This vision has been expanded into the following local objectives based
               on the Department for Transport (DfT) Shared Priorities:

               3.5.1 LOCAL TRANSPORT OBJECTIVE 1 - To ensure that good
                     levels of accessibility, especially by public transport, are
                     integrated with planned changes to the City in the health,
                     housing, education, and employment sectors.

               3.5.2 LOCAL TRANSPORT OBJECTIVE 2 - To maintain and improve
                     road safety on the City’s roads. Taking steps to reduce the
                     incidence and severity of injuries through road traffic accidents,
                     and tackle real and perceived personal security issues.
       3.5.3 LOCAL TRANSPORT OBJECTIVE 3 - To help facilitate
             regeneration of the City and expansion of the port in a
             sustainable manner. Reduce Traffic Congestion on all forms of
             transport and maximise the ability of transport networks to meet
             the social and economic needs of the community.

       3.5.4 LOCAL TRANSPORT OBJECTIVE 4 - To promote a healthier
             City through improving air quality and encouraging cycling and
             walking. Better Air Quality by reducing the impact that transport
             has on local and global pollution levels.

3.6    Underpinning these four shared priorities there is a desire to improve
       the quality of life for all through better streetscapes, better personal
       security, healthier communities, neighborhood renewal/regeneration,
       less traffic noise and tackling climate change.

3.7    The Department for Transport (DfT) has developed a formula-based
       approach to determine the funding available to Hull City Council for the
       implementation of integrated transport and highway maintenance
       schemes. And the detail of what the Council is receiving is shown in the
       table at 3.8.

3.8    Funding

       Allocations based upon DfT formula-based approach

                                       2008/2009            2009/2010        2010/2011       Total
         Integrated Block (£m)          £     4.995         £   4.526         £   4.020       £ 13.541
         Maintenance Block (£m)         £     1.422         £   1.650         £   2.355       £ 5.427
         Road Safety Grant (£m)         £     0.114         £   0.106         £   0.105       £ 0.325
         Total (£m)                     £     6.531         £   6.282         £   6.480       £ 19.293


3.9    Programme Development

3.10   To provide transparency for the allocation of the new funding (table 3.8)
       and its breakdown (table 3.11) for the proposed programme of works,
       “Capital Project Business Cases” have been submitted to identify the
       schemes and how they contribute to the objectives of the LTP.

3.11   As a result of this process it is proposed that the total LTP allocation be
       broken down into the following elements (details of these break downs
       are identified in Appendix D);

                                    2007/08            2008/2009           2009/2010         2010/2011
                                    C/Fwd
         UKPMS/TAMP                                     £     0.250           £     0.100    £     0.100
         Carriageways                                   £     0.832           £     0.798    £     0.687
         Footways                                       £     1.305           £     1.371    £     1.410
         Street Lighting                                £     0.549           £     0.543    £     0.540
         Bridges                                        £     0.692           £     0.920    £     1.420
         Integrated Transport                           £     3.201           £     2.851    £     2.746
         Area Minor Schemes                             £     0.350           £     0.350    £     0.350
         Totals                     c. £ 2.500m *       £     7.180m          £     6.933m   £     7.253m
                                                            (+£649k)              (+£651k)       (+£773k)
       * Based on P10 outturn projection as closure of accounts still in progress
3.12   In the key areas identified in table 3.11 the following methods of
       prioritisation have be used

3.13   Methods of Prioritisation

3.14   Carriageways and Footways.

       3.14.1 A list is generated that identifies carriageways and footways
              which have a ‘United Kingdom Pavement Management System’
              (UKPMS) defects. These defects contribute to various Best
              Value Performance Indicators (BVPI) and are in priority order to
              represent those carriageways and footways having the worst
              defects being at the top of the lists.

       3.14.2 Using the UKPMS list as a guide and considering whole life
              costs of proposed treatments, officers determine the appropriate
              treatment required at sites and formulates a proposed
              Capitalised Maintenance Programme. The number of schemes
              included in the programme is constrained by the level of Capital
              funding available.

       3.14.3 These lists have been attached for information purposes as
              Appendix B & Appendix C. Also identified are the streets that
              have already received a treatment and those which have had
              future treatments approved or where future treatments are
              proposed.

       3.14.4 UKPMS is a nationally adopted computerised system which aids
              the decision making process in relation to the maintenance of
              highways.

       3.14.5 UKPMS software is also the source of Best Value Performance
              Indicators (BVPI) – specifically BV223, BV224a, BV224b and
              BV187.

       3.14.6 UKPMS software will also be the source for the new National
              Indicators (NI’s), of which NI168 and NI169 are within the
              Councils top 35 priority indicators.

       3.14.7 Condition surveys are undertaken on proportions of the
              carriageways and footway network each year. As such an
              amended programme will need to be considered each year to
              take account of varying amounts of deterioration in different
              Areas within the City.

3.15   Street Lighting

       3.15.1 All available LTP funding is directed to the replacement of
              structurally deficient lighting columns in order to reduce risk of
              failure. Consequently, the street lighting capitalised maintenance
              programme is prioritised on the basis of an assessment of the
              structural condition of existing columns.
       3.15.2 Where there are a number of streets that receive a very similar
              rating in terms of their structural condition, the proposals are
              further prioritised in terms of already identified night time
              accidents or crime issues and this is an element where Area
              Committee / Area Co-ordination Team input is valued.

       3.15.3 Proposals are also given a higher priority when footway
              resurfacing works are planned and/or lighting replacement works
              are likely to be needed in the near future. This avoids disruption
              of the new surface.

       3.15.4 Street lighting proposals will have an annual revenue impact of
              approximately £35 per column (due to their energy consumption
              and that it is being indicated that energy bills will increase by
              47% in 2008/09) and therefore the sum of the proposals will be
              raised as a pressure in the Medium Term Financial Plan.

3.16   Bridges.

       3.16.1 The development and delivery of the bridges and highway
              structures capital investment plan is essentially managed using
              the principles set out in the Code of Practice published by the
              Roads Liaison Group in September 2005 the Management of
              Bridges and Highway Structures. The spending plan covers the
              following 5 key areas:

                 Bridge Assessment
                 Bridge Strengthening
                 Highway structures major maintenance
                 Highway structures improvement works
                 New structures and/or renewal

       3.16.2 The schemes proposed as part of the Bridges and Highways
              Structures programme are linked closely with objectives
              identified in the LTP.

       3.16.3 The programme supports the council’s priority for safer public
              highways by reducing the risk of injury or death due to structural
              failure of bridge components like parapets, retaining walls and
              joints also minimising the risk major bridge collapse. Streetscene
              seeks to maintain bridges that are suitable for use and have
              acceptable standards of safety for the “customer”, i.e. Fit for
              Purpose and Safe for Use.

       3.16.4 The overall bridge assessment and strengthening programme
              supports the Council’s Corporate Plan for economy and
              environment by improvement to transportation routes.

       3.16.5 In developing this plan the first priority for investment is to
              increase safety and reliability by bringing the existing bridge
              stock to a state of good repair and eliminating the backlog of
              maintenance.
     3.17   Integrated Transport

            3.17.1 The schemes proposed as part of the integrated Transport
                   programme are linked closely with objectives identified in the
                   Councils LTP.

            3.17.2 The programme of bus stop improvements, including the
                   construction of raised boarding areas will continue and
                   complement the introduction of low floor buses to an additional
                   number of bus routes. Currently 575 (44%) of a possible 1300
                   bus stops have been brought up to standard.

            3.17.3 Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI) delivered by SMS text
                   messaging and roadside displays will be extended to other areas
                   of the City. A number of traffic signal sites will also be linked to
                   the RTPI system to give priority to buses running late.

            3.17.4 Other schemes are identified from the long list of outstanding
                   requests from Area Committees and other stakeholders for
                   minor traffic management works.

            3.17.5 The Area Committees will also be asked shortly, by AIOs, to
                   prioritise this list of their “Area Priority Minor Schemes” to assist
                   with the identification of the 2008 to 2011 Capital Programme.

            3.17.6 Area Priority Minor Schemes are primarily small schemes that
                   will assist with localised road safety or contribute to
                   improvements of the highway networks condition. Examples are;

                      Low cost parking schemes which include Traffic Regulation
                      Orders.
                      Installation of bollards to protect grass verges.
                      One way systems to improve traffic flow.
                      Weight limits to assist with structural or environmental issues.
                      Informal pedestrian crossing facilities.

            3.17.7 Once the Area Committees have prioritised their requests, each
                   request will be investigated further by the AIOs to establish the
                   viability of schemes and will make recommendations, including
                   full costings to the Area Committees.

            3.17.8 Approved projects will then be programmed in to the overall
                   delivery of the various Capital Programmes, with regular updates
                   on progress to Area Committee’s coming from the AIOs.

4.   Consultation

     4.1    This report constitutes as the first formal consultation with the Area
            Committees. Comments made will be incorporated in to a report due to
            be presented at Cabinet on 28 July 2008.

     4.2    Other than the contents of this report no formal consultation has taken
            place. Not withstanding that informal consultations are ongoing with
            elected members and all feedback is investigated and considered as
            part of a process of developing proposed programmes of works.

5.   Options

     5.1    Option 1 – “Do Minimum” programme works to deliver LTP objectives
            but not consulting with Area Committees.

     5.2    Option 1 risks – Whilst achieving LTP objectives, will not take
            consideration of local issues. A balance can be achieved between
            achieving LTP objectives and considering local issues.

     5.3    Option 2 – “Do maximum”

            5.3.1 Provide the facts supporting the proposed programme of works.

            5.3.2 Present the proposals to Area Committees for consultation and
                  to receive details of local issues which may contribute to and
                  amended programme being presented to Cabinet for approval.

            5.3.3 Regular feedback, to the Area Committees via the AIOs, of the
                  delivery of the approved programme.

     5.4    Option 2 risks – If consideration of local issues is given priority over
            achieving the objectives of the LTP, Hull City Council may be penalised
            financially by the DfT in the future.

6.   Council Priorities

     6.1    The delivery of capital schemes in line with the agreed programme is
            crucial to the development of the service and therefore the
            achievement of the Council’s corporate objectives.

     6.2   COMMUNITY STRATEGY – Quality of Life – Jobs & Prosperity

               A well maintained and managed transport infrastructure has a
               contributory and substantial impact to image portrayed by the
               Council. This in turn contributes to the overall economy and
               regeneration of the City.
               New bus services developed to aid travel to work.

     6.3   PRIORITY AUDIENCES - Children, Young People and their Carers -
           Older People, Vulnerable People and their Carers - BME Residents and
           other hard to reach or excluded groups:

               Implementing Safer Route to School Schemes (SRTS)
               Improve accessibility of socially excluded groups

     6.4    CORPORATE PLAN - Health, Safety and the Environment

               Supporting public transport
               Maintaining and improving the highway network
               Reducing all road accident casualties in the City
               Street Lighting – incorporate improvements to street lighting when
               undertaking the capital funded column replacement programme.
               CCTV - Operation and maintenance of city wide CCTV coverage
               Operation and co-ordination of peace time emergencies
               Develop/support Green Travel Plans
               Increase the number of journeys by cycle and foot
               SRTS schemes encourage more pupils and parents walking/cycling
               and bus services to and from school, creating a more natural
               surveillance thus contributing to the reduction of the fear of crime
               and anti-social behaviour. The projects also include improvements
               to materials and surfaces as well as rationalising street furniture
               Local Safety Schemes and improved street lighting, help create
               safer neighbourhoods which will improve the attractiveness of living
               within the City.
               Projects aimed at encouraging use of sustainable forms of transport
               result in less noise and pollution. The projects also allow for a
               rationalisation of street furniture and choice of materials will be in
               line with the Council’s aspiration for the areas.

     6.5    IMPROVEMENT PLAN and the FIVE CHALLENGES - Better Customer
            Experience - Neighbourhood Delivery - Children & Young People;

               Increase the use of public transport
               Introduce night time access to City Council Car Parks

     6.6    Streetscene Services contributes to the LSP key strategic theme of
            “Earning” by delivering the LTP Capital Programme in particular
            National Performance Indicators 168 and 169 which are “Principal and
            Non-principal Roads where maintenance should be considered”

7.   Comments of the Acting Principal Legal Officer

     7.1    S 108 of the Transport Act 2000 requires the Council to produce 5 yearly
            Local Transport Plans. Promoting safe and sustainable transport is the
            keynote.

     7.2    Any scheme proposed within the LTP must be able to demonstrate best value
            and sustainability.

8.   Comments of the Director of Corporate Resources (Section 151 Officer)

     8.1    As the report sets out, the initial allocation of the LTP monies received by the
            Council to the functional areas of transport (table 3.11) is carried out through
            a business case mechanism, with the subsequent prioritisation of individual
            schemes under each heading then taking place by reference to a range of
            technical indicators, condition surveys and assessed local needs. This
            appears to be an approach which attempts to balance the strategic
            requirements for capital expenditure on transport across the city with a
            consideration of local issues, and as such is supported as a reasonable way
            forward when consistently and robustly applied. Given the anticipated level of
            carry forward from 2007/08, the level of over-programming detailed in table
            3.11 would also appear reasonable from a deliverability perspective

      8.2   With specific reference to any ongoing revenue costs associated with the
            proposed programme of works, there will (as noted) be a need to consider
              such costs as part of the forthcoming Medium Term Financial Planning
              process for 2009/10 - 2011/12.

9      Comments of the Head of Workforce Strategy

      9.1   The Head of Workforce Strategy notes this report but has no comments.

10     Comments of Overview and Scrutiny

     10.1   The Environment and Transport Overview and Scrutiny Commissions
            have looked at several issues relating to the development of the LTP as
            part of its 2007-2008 work programme. The priorities laid out in the 2008-
            2011 plan will be submitted to the June meeting of the Commission for
            pre-decision scrutiny prior to it being submitted to Cabinet (Sc530).

11     Conclusions

     11.1   Option 2 is the only recommendation as through consultation a
            programme of works will be approved which considers the LTP objectives
            and Local Issues.

12     Recommendations

     12.1   That members note the process of inclusion and subsequent prioritisation
            of the proposed programme of works.
     12.2   That Members raise appropriate amendments to the programme,
            considering a balance between local issues and a strategic view of
            delivering LTP objectives.


                       Trish Dalby – Head of Streetscene Services


Contact Officer :    Dave Shaw
Telephone No. :      612402

Officer Interests:   None

Background Documents: - If there are none, this must be stated

(i) Hull City Council - Local Transport Plan, 2006 – 2011


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