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                                                                                                                     LTP3 Main
                                  Comments in Reference to "There are a variety of factors that can impact
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                                  on public safety whilst using Worcestershire's transport networks, these                              Noted, these issues are covered in a number of LTP3 policies in great detail. In particular, the
                                                                                                                       Public
                                  include: - for example, where pedestrians wish to cross busy roads, or                               Walking and Public Realm Policy, the Cycling Policy, the Integrated Passenger Transport Policy,
                                                                                                                    Health and
                                  cyclists wish to use the same road space as motorised vehicles" -there are                           the Motorcycling Policy. These are currently available on the LTP3 website. Note that the LTP3
26/10/2010   Mrs I.D.   E- Mail                                                                                        Safety    Yes
                                  safety issues increasingly in relation to cyclists using pavements & putting                         Traffic Management Policy contains a network user hierarchy, which outlines the approach by
                                                                                                                     Objective
                                  pedestrians at risk, taxis blocking bus stops and forcing passengers to                               which WCC will seek to mitigate user conflict for limited space at the more congested parts
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                                  therefore board/disembark in middle of traffic flows -rising public concern                                                                 of the network.
                                                                                                                        (not
                                  which needs addressing
                                                                                                                    numbered)

                                                                                                                                       Noted - This approach was used because a single large document is generally not user friendly.
                                  Interesting approach to see linked plans but unfortunately this does not                             Separate policy documents allow for a greater level of detail for those who may be interested
26/10/2010   Mrs I.D.   E- Mail                                                                                                  Yes
                                  make for an easily readable document.                                                                   in single modes or policy areas. Increased detail will help to make the policies easier to
                                                                                                                                                                                   deliver.

                                                                                                                    Integrated
                                  2.9.2 Passenger transport information for all modes is provided at the
                                                                                                                     Transport
                                  County's bus and rail stations; I Disagree! Bus timetables are not available at                       Noted - we will amend the paragraph accordingly, and will endeavour to resolve this issue in
26/10/2010   Mrs I.D.   E- Mail                                                                                       Policy -   Yes
                                  Worcs rail stations-additionally the info office at Worcester Foregate Street                                                              policy terms.
                                                                                                                    Paragraph
                                  is only open 9-4pm.
                                                                                                                       2.9.2

                                                                                                                                          Noted. (1). The Integrated Passenger Transport Policy seeks to address a number of these
                                  For true integration we need to have regular bus services linking Worcester                          issues in addition, the emerging Worcester Transport Strategy and Major Scheme Bid contains
                                  Shrub Hill Station with both Park & Ride sites and the City Centre. Need to                            a number of measures which are proposed to improve the integration between modes. (2).
                                  integrate Park & Ride tickets with train season tickets (as existing 'plus bus'                      Achievement of regular interval services on the network is an aspiration of the LTP3. However,
                                  which is more favourably priced). Bus tendering should include provision of                            the available budgets for tendering of supported bus services are limited, which constrains
                                  regular peak time journeys e.g. Ombersley Rd First Group bus services have                              Worcestershire County Council's ability to achieve this aspiration, particularly in the short
27/10/2010   Mrs I.D.   E- Mail                                                                                                  Yes
                                  significant gaps at peak times, and two buses travelling the same route                                  term. (3) The provision of enhanced passenger transport infrastructure (such as priority
                                  within 5 mins of each other , then nothing for an hour and there seems no                               measures) along key corridors do measurably improve operating conditions, leading to a
                                  way passengers can influence the timetabling in the foreseeable future.                                   number of benefits including: more reliable services, reduced journey times, increased
                                  Disagree with the limited bus lanes in Worcester City. How much impact do                            demand and reduced operating costs for bus companies. This improved financial performance
                                  these actually have?                                                                                    enables improvements to frequencies, periods of operation, and quality on a commercial
                                                                                                                                                                  basis, i.e. with no or reduced public subsidy.

                                                                                                                        Rail           Noted. We are aware that the infrastructure required to deliver these proposals are contained
                                  Key priority to have more frequent rail services to Alvechurch/Redditch
05/11/2010   Dr S. T.   E- Mail                                                                                     improvemen   Yes   within Network Rail's plans for Control Period 4 (up to 2015). We are fully supportive of these
                                  from Birmingham, followed by same for Bromsgrove
                                                                                                                         ts                    proposals and are working with partners in the rail industry to progress this.

                                  OMG. I have just read through LTP3 - well not in its entirety, but let's be                           Noted. An executive summary was not applicable in this case, given the breadth of content.
05/11/2010   Mr R. W.   E- Mail   honest, has anybody read it all? Where is "The Executive Summary"? Would                       No     Instead, the LTP3 has been split into a number of smaller policy and plan documents, which
                                  that not have been helpful?                                                                                                          together form a compendium.

05/11/2010   Mr R. W.   E- Mail   As regards my input: I believe actions should be prioritised toward the                        No     Noted, this is exactly the approach of the LTP3. The Essential References Document, which
                                  number of people involved, and the time / cost of their journeys, so let's                            was produced as part of the compendium, provides significant information on traffic delays
                                      target traffic delays. The ones that immediately come to mind are 1) the                                across the county, including the sections referred to. Phase 1 of the Worcester Transport
                                      road between junction 7 of M5 and the southern river bridge at The Ketch.                              Strategy and the LTP3 Delivery Plan include measures to improve conditions on the A4440
                                                                                                                                                            between M5 Junction 7 and Powick (junction with the A449).

                                      2) The A38 coming into and leaving Worcester. I am sure that there are
05/11/2010     Mr R. W.     E- Mail                                                                                                  No                                                See above
                                      many more.

                                                                                                                                           Noted, however, junction capacity and operational improvements and small scale investments
                                                                                                                                              targeted at key pinch points on the transport network (across all modes of transport) can
                                      The problem is that to alleviate these problems will take significant sums of                            significantly improve network conditions. The current funding environment is extremely
05/11/2010     Mr R. W.     E- Mail                                                                                                  No
                                      money which will be in short supply.                                                                   competitive. Therefore, Worcestershire County Council' have and will continue to develop
                                                                                                                                           strong business cases for investment in our transport networks. This is dependent upon robust
                                                                                                                                            appraisal based on evidence. (See Scheme Appraisal Framework in the LTP3 Main Document)

07/11/2010       South                Motorcycling and the lack of inclusion in LTP3                                   Motorcycles   Yes   Responded by e-mail:
              Birmingham
              Motorcycle              General Comments : I have previously attended a meeting with regard to                               I have just picked up your comments for LTP3. Thank you for these. I wonder however, if you
                                      LTP3 and found it woefully lacking in anything to do with motorcycling or                            have found the Motorcycling Policy on the web which forms part of the LTP3 compendium.
             Action Group
                                      improving parking, access to bus lanes, implementation of composite man                               This policy was specifically requested following comments that were received at previous
                                      hole covers, advance stop lines or improving driver awareness.                                       meetings attended by MAG.
                                      Motorcycle parking in Redditch and Worcester needs vastly improving,                                 I have attached a link to help:
                                      access to bus lanes in Redditch is critical especially for smaller scooter and
                                      bike riders who are forced onto duel carriageways especially to access the                            www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cms/pdf/LTP3_MCP_PUBLIC_DRAFT.pdf
                                      college from the Batchley side of town.
                                                                                                                                            If you have any comments on this document, we would very much like to hear from you. If it
                                      At the meeting I was told the needs of motorcycles where lumped in with                              is easier, please send them back directly to me. Of course, if you've already seen the
                                      car drivers..disgusting attitude as a four wheeled vehicle does not react to                         document and have no further comments then thank you once again for the taking the time
                                      slippery roads, man hole covers or pot holes in the same way as a 2 wheeled
                                                                                                                                           to send your original email.
                                      vehicle.
                                                                                                                                           Kind regards
                                      Can you please tell me why you are so anti motorcycling in Worcestershire?
08/11/2010       South                I welcome the inclusion of Motorcycles into the policy and thank you for         Motorcycles   Yes                                         Responded by e-mail:
              Birmingham              that but what I would really love to see is some specifics on how you can
              Motorcycle              improve the road infrastructure to be more 2 wheeled orientated for                                  That's really helpful. If you think of anything else please forward it to me.
             Action Group             example;                                                                                             For information, we are trying to take a multi modal package approach to projects as they
                                       1. Do you know that councils can now buy composite manhole covers                                   tend, as a whole, to offer better value for money and greater benefits in comparison to their
                                      which are much cheaper than the metal cast ones and do not get stolen by                             costs. This also makes them more attractive to potential external funders (most of our capital
                                      the local scrap man. When a motorcycle hits a cast cover in the wet they                             projects will be funded externally by funders such as the Department for Transport, for
                                      are extremely dangerous when you consider a very wet slippery surface is                             example). A multi-modal approach means that all transport users are considered (motorbike,
                                      hit by an area of rubber the size of a 10 pence (which is about the amount of                        cycle, pedestrian, bus user, car user etc) within a single project and this would encompass such
                                      tyre that is ever on the road at any one time).                                                      things as surfaces and man hole covers as well as parking etc.. Projects examples would include
                                                                                                                                           town centre enhancements or corridor improvement schemes rather than say, building a new
                                      A number of Councils are now implementing these covers which both                                    cycle path.
                                      improve safety for ALL road users and save significant cost.
                                                                                                                                           In terms of attending a meeting ” when is it? If we can attend we will, although don't let this
2. I have previously asked that in Redditch a number of Bus Lanes be              prevent you from sending anything in that could contribute to the policy (such as the
opened up again for safety reasons to Motorcycles.                                manhole cover idea as it could be possible to embed this, which would mean that any future
                                                                                  manholes purchased would meet this spec).
For example there is a very short bus lane totalling around 10 metres at the
top of Easemore Road in the Town Centre.                                          Thank you once again.

At present any college student or rider of a small bike or scooter (usually
learners) when wanting to go to the college and living on the older Batchley
side of the town have to ride around the town centre and to avoid the bus
lane join the main ring road on a very fast and dangerous junction, ride a        With respect to your comment on the busways in Redditch. These are a specific issue in the
mile extra around the 3 lane ring road which is very dodgy for low powered        Borough. A busway is fundamentally different to a bus lane, which is a part of a multi-use
vehicles and then join the slip road for the Police station and college.          highway which is allocated for bus use. In the case of bus lanes, allowing motorcycles to use
Not only does this add time to the journey and waste fuel but puts lives at       these does not normally present a problem, as motorcycles are able to use these facilities
risk.                                                                             safely by obeying the Highway Code.

 I also would love the bus lane in Woodrow again to be opened up to bikes         A busway (such as those in Redditch), unlike a bus lane, is not classified as a public highway.
as I cannot see the harm in this when West Midlands County and Avon and           These structures are designed for the exclusive use of buses, and as such would not be
Somerset Counties have opened theirs.                                             considered safe for other modes to use. There have already been a number of accidents
                                                                                  associated with this busway. A recent safety audit identified that this situation would be
Could you explain why WCC isn't?                                                  greatly exacerbated if general traffic were permitted to use the busways. As such,
                                                                                  Worcestershire County Council will not consider opening up the busways in Redditch for
3. have also asked for more secure Centre of town bike parking as their is        general use under any circumstances. It is minded, however, to consider allowing motorcycles
none at present that is safe to leave a Motorcycle at for long periods.           to use bus lanes on a case by case basis.
The Traffic Wardens allow us to park in the push bike park in front of the
Yorkshire bank but could ticket us if they wanted, they are just being kind.

This location is ideal as it is central to the shops and under the surveillance
of the town centres CCTV cameras.

The above ideas seem to fall on deaf ears, I am in contact with my MP
which is useless to be honest and doesn't return emails, unlike Jacqui Smith
who did.

 Maybe another meeting can be arranged for us to put our ideas forward to
the LTP3 committee, MAG are also launching a new Manhole cover
campaign at the NEC bike show soon which is sponsored by the industry
and road safety partners, maybe WCC could get on board and be pro active
with this.

The man hole initiative is called 'Get A Grip' and is being launched with         Noted.
ministers in Parliament as we speak today and will be officially launched to
the public at the NEC bike show soon.

We would love WCC to get involved with this and our campaigns manager
said he is happy to come and meet with you guys and bring along examples
                             of the material etc.

                             Basically the problems with Cast Metal Manhole covers is that they are very
                             heavy for Council workers to lift, thus do result in claims and sickness days
                             due to bad backs and folk dropping them on their feet etc.

                             The new composite ones are very much cheaper than the metal ones to buy
                             and also as i said earlier do not get stolen by the rogue scrap men for cash.

                             They also last longer and when wet do not provide the horrible slimy
                             surface than cast metal ones do thus resulting in less road traffic accidents
                             from not just motorcyclists but also all forms of transport.

                             To be honest with all the above benefits it is really a bit of a no brainer and I
                             do not understand why everyone doesn't implement these, even if it is just
                             on traffic islands and bends where bikes are banking over, often the
                             manhole cover is right in your path and hard to avoid on a busy island like
                             those in Redditch.

                             Please can I have a Quality Street.                                                                The Third Worcestershire Local Transport Plan Compendium (LTP3) is currently in draft, and
                                                                                                                                can      be     found      on     Worcestershire   County    Council's     website      at
                             As a constituent I am writing because I know you are currently deciding                            www.worcestershire.gov.uk/LTP3. This plan contains a number of documents which may be
                             Local Transport budgets, and making decisions that will affect where I live.                       of interest to you with regard to Quality Streets:

                             I understand that with budget cuts and reduced government spending, the                                   The Walking and Public Realm Policy ” This draft policy document sets out
                             pressure is now on to deliver value for money in local services. I would like                             Worcestershire County Council's aspirations for improving the public realm,
                             to see you focus your transport budgets on making my street into a space                                  particularly in urban areas, to encourage better use of our streets by encouraging
                             for people as well as cars, by redesigning it to reduce the speed and volume                              walking and cycling. Examples of this include removing unnecessary barriers (such as
                             of traffic. Doing this will make it easier for all of us to choose to travel by                           bollards, safety fencing and A-boards) and planting street trees to improve the feel of
                             foot and bike from our front door, and whether to work, the shops, to the                                 streets.
                             bus stop or train station. The more of us who do this, the less we will all
                                                                                                             Walking and               The Transport Safety Policy - This draft policy document includes a policy on 20mph
08/11/2010   Ms P.   Email   need to spend on the consequences of congestion, CO2 emissions and                           Yes
                                                                                                             Public Realm              zones, which sets out Worcestershire County Council's intention to implement such
                             physical inactivity, and the safer and more pleasant our communities will be.
                                                                                                                                       zones where the public request them. As West Mercia Police currently do not support
                             Making our streets safe, attractive and social spaces will enable us all to                               these zones, public support will be critical if Worcestershire County Council is to be
                             have a better quality of life. With you help, these 'quality streets' will be                             able to generate a suitably robust business case to warrant their installation.
                             places for people to meet and children to play outdoors, less speeding,
                             noise and pollution ” quality streets for quality lives.                                                  The Smarter Choices Policy ” This draft policy document sets out how Worcestershire
                                                                                                                                       County Council intends to use a variety of methods to encourage people to walk,
                             As a first step, please tackle the one thing that stops me from walking,                                  cycle or use passenger transport; particularly for short trips.
                             cycling and feeling safe on my local streets, and has been recognised by the
                             British Crime Survey, as the most commonly mentioned problem behaviour                             The costs of rebuilding existing streets can be expensive, however, Worcestershire County
                             ” speeding traffic.,                                                                               Council will seek to do this where funding and public demand is identified. As part of the
                                                                                                                                LTP3, we have also developed a Highways Design Guide, which sets out standards for
                             Please make 20mph the default speed limit across areas where people live,                          transport infrastructure in new developments which encourage the principles of Quality
                                     work and play- including my street.                                                                      Streets, whilst maintaining the ability for streets to accommodate service vehicle movements
                                                                                                                                              (refuse vehicles, post vans, removal vans etc) and residential car parking.
                                     This is the first step to enabling us all to make smarter travel choices.
                                                                                                                                              Thank you for your comments.
                                     Please pass this letter on to the Executive Member for Transport and other
                                     lead officers.

                                     Further information on Quality Streets can be found at www.quality-
                                     streets.org.uk

                                      I read in a local newspaper about the development of the LTP3, I wonder if
                                       the county has taken into consideration the impact that the coach makes
                                     on local transport. Both scheduled services and day trips are common in the                              Noted. The Multimodal freight policy contains a specific policy on the provision of joint coach
                                       County. Coaches are a valuable resource to travellers and local economies                                   and freight parking at strategic locations both within urban environments and along key
                                       across Great Britain. Investment in local coach facilities such as designated                                interurban corridors. Worcestershire County Council' recognises the role of scheduled
                                     drop off, and pick up zones, coach parking facilities and convenient signage                               coaches (during LTP2, Worcestershire County Council' developed the Sixways Park and Ride
             CPT West
10/11/2010                 Email      for coaches and passengers, can enable to destinations to capitalise on the        Various        Yes     site to perform a Coachway function and worked closely with the coach industry to ensure
             Midlands
                                     estimated £1.2 billion spent every year as a result of coach journeys. The CPT                            that enhanced facilities were provided that met passenger needs. This included new purpose
                                        is the trade body for Buses, Coaches and Light Rail and we are more than                                 built passenger waiting facilities.) We will review the Integrated Passenger Transport Policy
                                         keen, on seeing local authorities recognising the great contribution that                              with a view to increasing references to coach travel. Thank you for your offer to meet - we
                                      these forms of transport makes to local economies by under pinning them.                                                    look forward to working collaboratively with you in future.
                                       We would be very happy to meet with you and speak and learn about the
                                                    Counties forward plans for these transport modes.

                                                                                                                       Developmen
                                                                                                                                              The Major Scheme Bid is aligned only to Phase 1 of the Worcester Transport Strategy. i.e. the
                                     The transport schemes associated with the Worcester Transport Strategy            t Control
                                                                                                                                               measures needed to address current transport problems in and around the city. Delivery of
                                     are combined into one major scheme bid to central government. The City            (Transport)
                                                                                                                                                 subsequent phases of the strategy will be reliant on funding availability including private
                                     of Worcester Urban Package, identified as being additional to the major           Policy, pages
                                                                                                                                                   sector contributions as well as central Government (Major Schemes/Local Sustainable
14/12/2010   Peter Brett             schemes, seems to mirror the Worcester Transport Strategy Major Scheme            45 and 53,
                           E- Mail                                                                                                     Yes        Transport Fund/ Regional Growth Funding). The LTP3 Worcester Package will provide a
   20:32     Associates              bid with regards to the transport schemes it promotes. If the Worcester           Developmen
                                                                                                                                              platform to deliver a proportion of the Phase 1 enhancements to transport infrastructure and
                                     Transport Strategy Major Scheme bid is unsuccessful is the City of                t Control
                                                                                                                                               services in Worcester, should the Major Scheme Bid be unsuccessful in the short term. The
                                     Worcester Urban Package envisaged to be a way to deliver elements of the          (Transport)
                                                                                                                                                  speed of delivery of the Worcester Urban Package elements of the LTP3 will be heavily
                                     Worcester Transport Strategy thorough locally funded contributions?               Policy ”
                                                                                                                                                          dependent on funding opportunities, including developer contributions.
                                                                                                                       Policy DC8

                                                                                                                                              Noted - significant technical work has been undertaken to support the case for investment in
                                     Phase 1 of the Worcester Transport Strategy Major scheme bid focus’s                                      Worcester's Southern Link Road. This is recognised as a strategically important route, linking
                                     highway capacity improvements to the south of Worcester, identifying two          Page 53 ”                the M5 with South West Worcestershire and Herefordshire. Traffic is currently subject to
                                     junction improvements to the south of Worcester City on the A4440. The            The City of              delay and unreliable journey times, particularly during the peak periods. Analysis using the
14/12/2010   Peter Brett
                           E- Mail   City of Worcester Urban Package also identifies two junctions on the              Worcester       Yes      Worcester Transport Model has shown that these problems will increase significantly over
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                                     Southern Link Road that will have junction upgrades. What work has been           Urban                   time without investment in the multi-modal package of measures set out in the Worcester
                                     undertaken to confirm that this location requires capacity improvements           Package                   Transport Strategy and associated Phase 1 Major Scheme Bid. Without investment in the
                                     ahead of other improvement schemes within Worcester City?                                                capacity of this link, a proportion of "through/Cross-City" traffic will continue to route via the
                                                                                                                                               city centre rather than the orbital links, particularly at peak times, with consequent adverse
                                                                                                                                                     impacts on congestion and air quality and hence the local economy and environment.

                                                                                                                                                 Noted: It is clear that without contributions from alternative sources, including private sector
                                                                                                                                                  contributions, many of the schemes and packages identified in the LTP3 Strategic Delivery
                                                                                                                                                    Plan will not be deliverable. It will be important, therefore, that new developments are
                                        The Development Control (Transport) Policy provides a strategic framework                                accompanied with appropriate investment in transport infrastructure and services, such that
                                        to support the delivery of new developments. It states guidance will be                                       the Worcestershire economy, environment and quality of life are not undermined.
                                        provided as to the likely contributions developments will pay. We would
                                                                                                                            Developmen             In the short term, developer contributions toward the transport infrastructure and services
                                        like clarification on when this is likely to be released and at what level this
                                                                                                                            t Control            required to support financially and environmentally sustainable development will be based on
                                        policy is expected to operate, i.e. will the policy set single contribution rates
                                                                                                                            (Transport)          the methodologies set out in the Worcestershire County Council Requirements for Transport
                                        that apply across Worcestershire County as part of a wider Community
14/12/2010     Peter Brett                                                                                                  Policy,                                                   Assessments and Transport
                              E- Mail   Infrastructure Levy evidence base, or will the guidance focus on delivery of                       Yes
   20:13       Associates                                                                                                   Paragraph                 Statements and associated Section 106 and 278 agreements. In the slightly longer term,
                                        transport infrastructure through other processes, such as Section 106
                                                                                                                            (e.g. 1.1) :           however, it is the intention of Worcestershire County Council to work in partnership with
                                        agreements linked to individual developments? The guidance identified in
                                                                                                                            2.6.4 and                                                             the
                                        the Development Control (Transport) Policy to identify the contribution
                                                                                                                            Policy DC8               Worcestershire Borough, City and District Councils across the County to develop revised
                                        methodology for transport infrastructure will be produced after the
                                        consultation period for the LTP 3 has finished. Will the guidance be subject                                                                         guidance on
                                        to a separate consultation process once it is produced?                                                    the likely levels of financial contributions toward transport infrastructure and services. This
                                                                                                                                                     guidance will draw upon the assessment work undertaken to support the LTP3, assess the
                                                                                                                                                    impact of new developments and to inform the emerging Infrastructure Delivery Plan. The
                                                                                                                                                                               guidance will be subject to consultation.

                                        Inconsistency between the LTP3 Economic Aim ‘’To enhance footfall in
                                        Worcestershire’s town and city centres, by improving the public realm
                                        through resurfacing, regenerating, renewing and de-cluttering our public
                                        spaces, and ensuring that use of parking capacity is optimised’’ and the first
                                                                                                                                                    Noted, although not agreed. The public realm and parking objectives, whilst sometimes
                                        bullet point under this objective which relates to strategic traffic and
                                                                                                                                                    contradictory, should seek to be complimentary if Worcestershire County Council and
                                        parking management plans which cover entire urban areas. The holistic
             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail                                                                                       Page 12        Yes   partners intend to deliver successful, attractive urban realm projects. Worcestershire County
                                        nature of this doesn’t seem totally consistent with the aim itself which as
                                                                                                                                                 Council will, of course work in partnership with key stakeholders wherever opportunities to
                                        written relates only to town and city centres. Furthermore any review will
                                                                                                                                                                                           do this exist.
                                        need to be undertaken in partnership with car parking operators including
                                        District Council’s and private sector operators. However, Wyre Forest
                                        District LDF Core Strategy is consistent with the broad requirements of the
                                        aim.

                                        1 Environmental Aim: Suggest that this is caveated to recognise that whilst
                                        st



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             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail   new road infrastructure should be planned to minimise transport noise it            Page 16                                                    Noted and agreed.
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                                        may inevitably bring transport noise which does not currently exist.

                                        The overall thrust of this Public Health and Safety objective is to be
14/12/2010                              welcomed and supported. However, it has historically been used to support                                Noted. The LTP3 Walking and Public Realm Policy seek to embrace the Manual for Streets (and
             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail   outdated design standards that are often without scientific foundation. The         Page 19 - 21
   08:15                                                                                                                                                 subsequent documents) to develop appropriate and high quality public realm.
                                        latest government design guidelines in the form of Manual for Streets
                                        illustrate a more creative design approach within urban areas. Similarly, this
                                        argument needs to be balanced when considering inter-urban highways with
                                        the need to maximise the efficiency of movement particularly in the
                                        context of strategic routes to markets e.g. the A456 and A449

                                        The aims and objective of the LTP3 are in broad alignment with those set                        Noted. This alignment of aims and objectives will help to ensure the delivery of developments
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             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail   out in the Wyre Forest District Local Development Framework, particular in                        which are sustainable with appropriate funding contributions from the private and public
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                                        respect of environment, design emphasis and economic regeneration                                                                         sectors.

                                        From a Wyre Forest District Council perspective it is noteworthy that LTP3
                                        contains a proposal to wait until confirmation of funding before producing
                                                                                                                                           Noted, although not agreed. The availability of all funding streams has, until very recently
                                        the first ‘Delivery Plan’. This could introduce a significant element of
                                                                                                                                        been highly doubtful. As such, publication of any proposed schemes could potentially provide
                                        uncertainty for the Wyre Forest District Local Development Framework and
                                                                                                                                           a falsely optimistic view of the ability of Worcestershire County Council to deliver aspired
                                        in particular could have an adverse impact on the preparation of the site
                                                                                                                                          schemes. The recent announcement of funding allocations is being used to develop a more
14/12/2010                              specific Development Plan Documents. Whilst there are significant
             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail                                                                                  Page 35                detailed delivery plan. All schemes will be subject to appraisal using the LTP3 Scheme
   08:15                                uncertainties in the current climate, there are a number of potential delivery
                                                                                                                                        Appraisal Framework. This will identify the case for and value for money of schemes, including
                                        mechanisms and funding opportunities and a draft, or indicative, delivery
                                                                                                                                        their ability to support the delivery of agreed outcomes and attract funding. This will be in line
                                        plan should be produced in order to illustrate how the LTP may be
                                                                                                                                           with previous dialogue between Worcestershire County Council and Wyre Forest District
                                        implemented. Otherwise the LTP3 seems to be a wish list without any
                                                                                                                                                                                       Council.
                                        foundation. This does not bode well for forward planning purposes and
                                        provides insufficient certainty

                                        In terms of environment issues, the LTP3 makes a sweeping comment about
                                        ‚urban areas becoming more attractive‛. This observation may apply to the                       Noted and agreed. The approach to the design of streets in future must necessarily involve a
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             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail   more ‘attractive’ Worcestershire urban areas. However, the design of streets     Page 34        more robust partnership approach between Worcestershire County Council and Wyre Forest
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                                        as spaces within Wyre Forest District urban areas often leaves much to be                        District Council to ensure that future schemes are not only functional, but also attractive.
                                        desired and serves to undermine the attractiveness of the urban areas.

14/12/2010                              Other than the above comments the identified issues and options are
             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail                                                                                    Page 31 - 37                                                Noted.
   08:15                                broadly supported.

                                        Whilst there is a section entitled ‚delivering the plan and prioritising
                                        schemes‛, there is concern at the lack of a more specific (short to medium
                                        term) delivery plan. The challenges of developing such a plan are recognised
                                        i.e. the uncertainties of funding. It is considered that the delivery planning
                                        elements of the LTP3 should look to be more detailed where possible. At                          Noted - the development of the Transport Scheme Appraisal Framework provides a robust
                                        present there is only a strategic context to delivery. However,                                  mechanism for prioritising schemes, applying stronger weights to those schemes which have
14/12/2010                              Worcestershire County Council can provide varying degrees of certainty on
             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail                                                                                    Page 35 -40    achieved part-funding through a variety of mechanisms. This will be used to develop the LTP3
   08:15                                particular schemes through prioritisation and indicating likely funding                         Detailed Delivery Plans, which will achieve optimum value for money and increased ability to
                                        sources and options for specific schemes. The authority can also explain its                                                           deliver schemes.
                                        intentions and timeframes for developing specific proposals. The section
                                        sets out objectives and weightings for prioritisation which are generally
                                        supported. It is understandable that the maximum weighting is given to
                                        costs and funding which places the emphasis on schemes which can be
                                        funded from sources other than Worcestershire County Council. Whilst this
                                        is understood, it may be appropriate to put the emphasis on partnership
                                        schemes which bring in significant match funding i.e. schemes that can make
                                        the limited amount of Worcestershire County Council funding go further.
                                        There is specific mention of a sample scheme to introduce kerbs in order to
                                        reduce edge of carriageway pot holes which sounds expensive.

                                        The ‘Delivery Programme’ (from page 45) is presented in a series of
                                        packages. This approach is supported. However, as mentioned above the
                                        approach outlined is purely strategic. The argument for this is the current                           Noted - Although a number of potential funding sources are available in the local area, there is
                                        uncertainty over funding. However, there are known funding sources                                      absolutely no certainty that any of this funding will make its way into Worcestershire. As
14/12/2010                              emerging including Tax Incremental Funding and Regional Growth Fund. It                               stated above, a detailed delivery plan is currently under development and will be shared with
             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail                                                                                          Page 45
   08:15                                would also be helpful for Worcestershire County Council to highlight                                      WFDC upon its completion. The Transport Scheme Appraisal Framework will prioritise
                                        priority schemes and consider a range of delivery mechanism and likely                                    schemes for funding based on their likely ability to deliver against agreed policies and
                                        scenarios for scheme delivery. The lack of any greater levels of certainty in                                            outcomes, and hence represent high value for money.
                                        respect of commitment to specific schemes could serve to undermine the
                                        Wyre Forest District Local Development Framework.

                                        Wyre Forest District Council supports the inclusion of the Wyre Forest
                                        Transport Strategy which includes The Kidderminster Urban Package, The
                                        Stourport-on-Severn Urban Package, The Bewdley Urban Package and The
                                        Wyre Forest Rural Package. The proposals set out here, particularly the
                                        Major Scheme Bid for the Hoo Brook Link Road It is acknowledged that
                                        these schemes are ‘’being considered for inclusion’’ and as such, the Council                          Noted - The detailed delivery plan has not yet been completed for the reasons stated in the
                                        would strongly support the inclusion of the Kidderminster Urban Package                                LTP3 draft document. Worcestershire County Council can confirm that the Stourport Relief
14/12/2010
             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail   within the Final LTP3. The Kidderminster Urban Package is considered to be             Page 57 - 61      Road has been considered in the LTP3, although its delivery is dependent upon achieving
   08:15
                                        essential in achieving the vision, and implementing the policies set out                                funding. The LTP3 will be fully aligned with the Wyre Forest Core Strategy and will seek to
                                        within the District’s Core Strategy DPD. It is concerning to note that there                                                      complement the proposals throughout.
                                        is no mention of the Stourport Relief Road within LTP3. The route has been
                                        safeguarded through the District Council’s Core Strategy DPD, and this was
                                        supported by the County Council at the recent Examination in Public. It is
                                        felt that LTP3 could be better aligned with the Core Strategy given the
                                        weight that the document now has.

                                        Suggest re-wording as follows: "The ancient Wyre Forest, from which the
                                        District takes its name, can be found to the west of the area. To the North
                                        and East the District is largely rural, interspersed with the villages of Fairfield,
                                        Cookley, Blakedown and Wilden and a number of rural settlements, the
14/12/2010                              largest of these being Wolverley and Chaddesley Corbett. (This change is to
             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail                                                                                          Page 57                                 Noted - text will be amended as suggested.
   08:15                                bring the profile in line with the settlement hierarchy set out within policy
                                        DS01 of the Core Strategy DPD). The District does not benefit from local
                                        access to the motorway network, however, despite this the area has good
                                        connections to the Black Country and wider West Midlands Conurbation to
                                        the north, and Worcester to the South, provided by the local Principal Road
                                        Network…….’’

                                        There are congestion issues on Kidderminster Ring Road and its approaches,
                                        the A451 Stourport Road, and the A448 between Kidderminster and
                                        Bromsgrove. Unfortunately, there are two Air Quality Management Areas in
                                        the Wyre Forest District…..There is a bus station in the centre of
                                        Kidderminster, however, this is poorly located and as a result, underused.
                                        Investment will be required……Wyre Forest District Council recently
14/12/2010                                                                                                               Page 57
             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail   adopted its Core Strategy, which set out a long-term approach to land use                                                               Noted and agreed
   08:15                                                                                                                 cont.
                                        planning in the District. The main theme of the document is regeneration,
                                        with the majority of the District’s future growth, up until 2026, to be
                                        delivered on brown field sites. The launch of the ‘ReWyre’ project for
                                        Kidderminster reflects the aspirations of the Core Strategy for regeneration
                                        and growth, focussing on the regeneration of Kidderminster Town Centre
                                        (including Churchfields and the Stourport Road Employment Corridor).

14/12/2010                              Amend: Schemes to improve access to key services and facilities for those
             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail                                                                                    Page 60                                                Noted and agreed
   08:15                                that do not have access to a car.

                                                                                                                                          Noted. These schemes were developed in response to known safety and accident problems
                                                                                                                                             (including fatalities). The A449 scheme was initiated by the Highways Agency (who were
                                        Reintroduce sections of dual carriageway on the A449 and A456. These                                responsible for the A449), whilst the A456 scheme was developed in partnership between
                                        roads have both been reduced to single carriageway routes without                                Worcestershire County Council and the Highways Agency. In developing the schemes a range
                                        consultation with the District Council. This has reduced the efficiency and                       of options were considered and appraised. Technical assessment has shown that that overall;
14/12/2010
             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail   capacity of these critical links and it is suggested that these works serve to                    both schemes have delivered safety benefits without undermining the efficient operation of
   08:15
                                        further undermine the local economy. Although it is recognised that these                             these roads. In certain circumstances road capacity is enhanced through minimising the
                                        works were designed to address safety concerns, it is unclear why                                  variability in traffic speeds. It is understood that both schemes were consulted upon, albeit
                                        alternative options were not considered                                                          that the A449 scheme was managed by the Highways Agency. Worcestershire County Council
                                                                                                                                           worked closely with West Mercia Police and other key stakeholders in developing the A456
                                                                                                                                                                                         scheme.

                                                                                                                         Traffic and
                                        Paragraph 2.2.2 suggests a Pricing Review to identify the current charges for                     Noted - However, off-street parking is only one element of total car parking capacity, as such,
                                                                                                                         Parking
14/12/2010                              existing parking capacity and will recommend future pricing policies. Wyre                       it is essential that such exercises in future are commissioned jointly, to take full account of on-
             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail                                                                                    Managemen
   08:15                                Forest has recently undertaken this exercise and it is considered that this                        street and off-street car parking capacity and enable both authorities to seek to manage this
                                                                                                                         t Policy -
                                        should remain a function of the District Council.                                                                                     capacity in an efficient way.
                                                                                                                         page 6

                                                                                                                         Multimodal
14/12/2010                              The Council would question whether Kidderminster and Stourport-on-               Freight          Noted - a feasibility study will be required to identify whether a robust business case exists
             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail
   08:15                                Severn are large enough to make Freight Consolidation Centres viable.            Policy - page               for the development of a Wyre Forest Freight Consolidation Centre.
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14/12/2010                              Consider that the policies within this document should be revised to             Developmen        Noted: The Worcestershire County Council Requirements for Transport Assessments and
             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail
   08:15                                include thresholds at which they become applicable. It is considered that        t Control        Transport Statements referred to in Policy DC7 sets out the thresholds for the provision of
                                         the extent and volume of information being requested would not be               (Transport)           Transport Statements (less detailed) and Transport Assessments (more detailed). This ensures
                                         justifiable for modest development proposals and therefore some form of         Policy                  that small scale developments are not required to provide significant information on the
                                         threshold should be clarified.                                                                        transport impacts, whilst large scale developments (quite correctly in view of their impact on
                                                                                                                                                             the transport network) are expected to provide such information.

                                                                                                                         Developmen
                                                                                                                         t Control
                                                                                                                                                 Noted: New mixed use developments which combine residential with (some) employment,
                                                                                                                         (Transport)
14/12/2010                               Raise question over how new development can ‘’seek to reduce the length                                  health, education, retail and leisure facilities can reduce the travel distance. Similarly new
             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail                                                                                    Policy -
   08:15                                 of trips’’.                                                                                              developments can be located close to and be integrated with, existing facilities, reducing
                                                                                                                         Policy DC1
                                                                                                                                                length of trips in comparison with more "remotely" located (less sustainable) developments.
                                                                                                                         (4th bullet
                                                                                                                         point)

                                                                                                                         Developmen              Noted: The Worcestershire County Council Accidents Studies Team continuously updates
                                                                                                                         t Control              accident data, which includes details of cluster sites, (based on information provided by the
14/12/2010
             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail    Consider that a clear definition of cluster sites should be included.           (Transport)              emergency services and bespoke surveys). The information is provided to developers to
   08:15
                                                                                                                         Policy -                enable them to consider transport safety when preparing their Transport Assessments or
                                                                                                                         Policy DC3                                      Statements in support of their proposals.

                                                                                                                                                 Noted: The Worcestershire County Council Requirements for Transport Assessments and
                                                                                                                         Developmen            Transport Statements sets out the method by which developers are expected to quantify the
                                                                                                                         t Control               impact on the performance of the transport network of travel demand generated by their
14/12/2010                               Clarification as to how the requirements in this paragraph would work in
             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail                                                                                    (Transport)              proposed development. On the basis of this assessment (and ongoing dialogue with the
   08:15                                 practice would be welcomed
                                                                                                                         Policy - para         developers), the infrastructure and services needed to mitigate the impact on the network of
                                                                                                                         2.4.2                    generated travel demand is identified and costed. Worcestershire County Council make
                                                                                                                                                    available to developers a number of transport models to help with this assessment.

                                                                                                                         Developmen                  Noted: In the current economic climate it is particularly important that the financial
                                                                                                                         t Control               sustainability of providing the transport services needed to deliver a development are fully
                                                                                                                         (Transport)                 taken into account. This includes an allowance for the long term (20 year) financial
14/12/2010                               This talks about a 20 year business case. Is this realistic given the current
             Wyre Forest DC   E- Mail                                                                                    Policy -               performance of the public transport services needed for a new development (and which will
   08:15                                 economic climate?
                                                                                                                         policy DC7            also underpin the forecast mode shares which influence the scale of enhancements needed to
                                                                                                                         (3rd bullet               road infrastructure to deliver the development). Worcestershire County Council make
                                                                                                                         point)                      available to developers a number of transport models to help with this assessment.

                                                                                                                                               Noted: Worcestershire County Council does not operate or maintain rail services and facilities
                                         6.10 in general and 6.10.13 in particular focus a large amount on Worcester-
                                                                                                                                               in Worcestershire. This function is performed by Network Rail and the Train Operating
                                         Birmingham journeys when the figures from Table 6.5 giving the top 50 rail        Essential
                                                                                                                                               Companies. Worcestershire County Council recognises the importance of the Stourbridge
21/11/2010                               flows show large numbers of journeys from Kidderminster-Birmingham and           references
                Mr T. C.      E - mail                                                                                                   Yes   Line to Worcestershire's local economy, and will work with the rail industry to secure
   14:17                                 Black Country. Which are not discussed. It is important that you note the       document /
                                                                                                                                               improvements to rail services and facilities along the route. The proposed enhancements to
                                         improvement needed in journey times on this flow with more regular                   Rail
                                                                                                                                               Kidderminster Station Interchange and to Hagley and Blakedown stations are testament to the
                                         services and less terminations at Stourbridge Junction.
                                                                                                                                               importance attached to this route.

21/11/2010      Mr T. C.      E - mail   The document in general is heavily biased in its discussion to South              Essential     Yes   Noted, although this is not the case. Data was drawn from a variety of available sources. The
  14:17                                 Worcestershire. An assessment should be made to ensure equal levels of        References         Wyre Forest towns are a high priority for Worcestershire County Council, which is reflected in
                                        discussion and planning is given to Wyre Forest issues.                       Document           the considerable partnership work which is currently underway between Worcestershire
                                                                                                                                         County Council, Wyre Forest District Council, key stakeholders and developers.

                                        Just to check that you know that access to Redditch train station is poor                        Noted and agreed. Worcestershire County Council, in partnership with Redditch Borough
21/11/2010
                Ms J. S.     E - mail   and often blocked by people parking along the entrance road - and please         Rail      Yes   Council are working on the delivery of a Redditch Town Centre Enhancement Package. The
   17:52
                                        see note in general comments section                                                             rail/bus interchange is a key consideration of this proposal.

                                        I use the train from Redditch to Birmingham during the rush hours - and
                                                                                                                                         Noted: Worcestershire County Council does not operate or maintain rail services and facilities
                                        would be interested to know how you propose improving the service; also
                                                                                                                                         in Worcestershire. This function is performed by Network Rail and the Train Operating
21/11/2010                              are able to do anything about parking at the station? Why don't rail users
                Ms J. S.     E - mail                                                                                    Rail      Yes   Companies. Worcestershire County Council will continue to work with the rail industry to try
   17:52                                have free parking and, even worse, why do those who pay highest rail fares
                                                                                                                                         to secure improvements for Worcestershire's rail users (including parking and ticketing
                                        also get hit by a higher parking fee which almost doubles the cost of rail
                                                                                                                                         arrangements)
                                        travel?

                                                                                                                                         Worcestershire County Council has developed a Transport Scheme Appraisal Framework
                                                                                                                                         (SAF). This framework will enable the County Council to appraise all of its capital
                                                                                                                                         highways/transport schemes by developing them as part of a series of pre-defined integrated
                                                                                                                                         area packages, enabling prioritisation of schemes using evidence based approach for funding
                                        The proposed Keytec 7 Industrial Estate road link northwards over the rail
                                                                                                                                         and delivery and best value to be achieved. We will certainly include all three schemes in the
23/11/2010   Pershore Town              line, east of Pershore railway station to connect with the A44 diverting
                             E - mail                                                                                  Highway     Yes   SAF, however, it should be recognised at that our funding for new transport infrastructure has
   14:55         Council                lorries away from driving southwards along Station Road and increasing road
                                                                                                                                         been significantly reduced, therefore, the County Council's ability to deliver such schemes
                                        congestion in the centre of town.
                                                                                                                                         (particularly highway schemes) using LTP funding alone will be highly constrained (particularly
                                                                                                                                         in the short term). It will be important, therefore, that transport infrastructure required to
                                                                                                                                         deliver new developments are accompanied with appropriate private sector investment, such
                                                                                                                                         that the Worcestershire economy, environment and quality of life are not undermined.

                                                                                                                                            Worcestershire County Council has developed a Transport Scheme Appraisal Framework
                                                                                                                                                (SAF). This framework will enable the County Council to appraise all of its capital
                                                                                                                                         highways/transport schemes by developing them as part of a series of pre-defined integrated
                                                                                                                                          area packages, enabling prioritisation of schemes using evidence based approach for funding
                                        The extension of the already popular cycleway (way marked and well
                                                                                                                                          and delivery and best value to be achieved. We will certainly include all three schemes in the
23/11/2010   Pershore Town              utilised between Worcester and Pershore) to go on from Pershore to
                             E - mail                                                                                   Cycle      Yes   SAF, however, it should be recognised at that our funding for new transport infrastructure has
   14:55         Council                Hinton on the Green and thence north to Evesham and south to Beckford,
                                                                                                                                           been significantly reduced, therefore, the County Council's ability to deliver such schemes
                                        connecting with cycle routes in Gloucestershire.
                                                                                                                                         (particularly highway schemes) using LTP funding alone will be highly constrained (particularly
                                                                                                                                           in the short term). It will be important, therefore, that transport infrastructure required to
                                                                                                                                         deliver new developments are accompanied with appropriate private sector investment, such
                                                                                                                                             that the Worcestershire economy, environment and quality of life are not undermined.

                                                                                                                                            Worcestershire County Council has developed a Transport Scheme Appraisal Framework
                                        Now that we have the quantified visitor numbers to Croome Court, we are                                 (SAF). This framework will enable the County Council to appraise all of its capital
23/11/2010   Pershore Town
                             E - mail   keen to ask for a minor diversion on the 382 bus service so that it can          IPT       Yes   highways/transport schemes by developing them as part of a series of pre-defined integrated
   14:55         Council
                                        service the court.                                                                                area packages, enabling prioritisation of schemes using evidence based approach for funding
                                                                                                                                         and delivery and best value to be achieved. We will certainly include all three schemes in the
                                                                                                                                                 SAF, however, it should be recognised at that our funding for new transport infrastructure has
                                                                                                                                                   been significantly reduced, therefore, the County Council's ability to deliver such schemes
                                                                                                                                                 (particularly highway schemes) using LTP funding alone will be highly constrained (particularly
                                                                                                                                                   in the short term). It will be important, therefore, that transport infrastructure required to
                                                                                                                                                 deliver new developments are accompanied with appropriate private sector investment, such
                                                                                                                                                     that the Worcestershire economy, environment and quality of life are not undermined.

                                                                                                                                                    Worcestershire County Council has developed a Transport Scheme Appraisal Framework
                                                                                                                                                        (SAF). This framework will enable the County Council to appraise all of its capital
                                                                                                                                                 highways/transport schemes by developing them as part of a series of pre-defined integrated
                                          At meetings at County Hall, we have been assured that we qualified on                                   area packages, enabling prioritisation of schemes using evidence based approach for funding
                                          accessibility grounds to create a new road link between Racecourse Road                                 and delivery and best value to be achieved. We will certainly include all three schemes in the
23/11/2010   Pershore Town
                               E - mail   Industrial Estate and the Co-operative Supermarket, to enable buses to             Highway       Yes   SAF, however, it should be recognised at that our funding for new transport infrastructure has
   14:55         Council
                                          resume calling direct at Pershore Railway Station without the need to                                    been significantly reduced, therefore, the County Council's ability to deliver such schemes
                                          reverse vehicles.                                                                                      (particularly highway schemes) using LTP funding alone will be highly constrained (particularly
                                                                                                                                                   in the short term). It will be important, therefore, that transport infrastructure required to
                                                                                                                                                 deliver new developments are accompanied with appropriate private sector investment, such
                                                                                                                                                     that the Worcestershire economy, environment and quality of life are not undermined.

   Thu
              West Mercia                 Page 11. - can I suggest that the bullet point should read Promote AND            LTP3 Main
25/11/2010                     E - mail                                                                                                    Yes                                          Noted and agreed
                Police                    CONTINUE TO IMPROVE coach parking facilities.                                        Doc
   13:5

   Thu                                    Page 20 improving Public Health and safety. Can I suggest an additional
              West Mercia                                                                                                   LTP3 Main
25/11/2010                     E - mail   bullet point to read "consulting and working with partner agencies to                            Yes                                          Noted and agreed
                Police                                                                                                         Doc
   13:5                                   improve highway safety through Education, Engineering and Enforcement.

   Thu                                    Page 21 - Should refer to West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership not Road
              West Mercia                                                                                                   LTP3 Main
25/11/2010                     E - mail   Safety Partnership. and we are now West Mercia Police not West Mercia                            Yes                                          Noted and agreed
                Police                                                                                                         Doc
   13:5                                   Constabulary.

   Thu                                    Page 22 you refer to giving consideration to allowing motorcycles to use                                 Noted. It is acknowledged that this is a difficult issue. However, best practice in other areas
              West Mercia                                                                                                   LTP3 Main
25/11/2010                     E - mail   bus lanes. I have to say that I doubt that we would support that element of                      Yes   suggests that Worcestershire County Council needs to consider again and in full, the costs and
                Police                                                                                                         Doc
   13:5                                   LTP 3                                                                                                                                     benefits of this option. .

                                          I hope that the plan for a Stourport Relief road has been dropped. It is not
                                            necessary as there is only a slight problem in rush hours only (fine for the                          Noted. The cost of delivering this scheme is significant. As such, the benefits of investment
22/12/2010
               Ms. P. A. C.    E-Mail      rest of day) and the amount of money needed to build the road would be             Roads        Yes   will need to be quantified and must significantly exceed costs in order to attract funding from
   17:26
                                          massive compared to the small benefit. A waste of money that could go on                                          a variety of sources, including the private sector and central Government.
                                                          better things (also less environmental impact)

                 Redditch                 Under section NE Worcestershire Transport Achievements first sentence                  NE
26/11/2010                                                                                                                 Worcestersh
             Citizens Advice   E - Mail   should read as follows; partnership working to deliver benefits to local                         Yes                                          Noted and agreed
   15:19                                                                                                                   ire Transport
                  Bureau                  residents.
                                                                                                                           Achievemen
                                                                                                                                 ts

                 Redditch
26/11/2010
             Citizens Advice   E - Mail   Point 4 under the bus service, a company name is not included.                    Bus Service     Yes                                     Noted, thank you for this.
   15:19
                  Bureau

                                                                                                                                                  The Essential References Document provides information on traffic volumes on the motorway
                 Redditch
26/11/2010                                Also I remain unsure how in your document you can have the busiest                                       network in Worcestershire. The section you are referring to relates to the busiest sections of
             Citizens Advice   E - Mail                                                                                         ERD?        Yes
   15:19                                  motorway junction at Bromsgrove but also at Worcester?                                                  motorway in Worcestershire. It does not seek to compare Worcestershire with the rest of the
                  Bureau
                                                                                                                                                                                  nation's motorway network.

                 Redditch                 Not sure I understand some of your phrasing as descriptors for an area
26/11/2010
             Citizens Advice   E - Mail   either and wonder if it is just me or that people would welcome simple               LTP3?        Yes               Noted. We will try to make the text clearer and easier to understand.
   15:19
                  Bureau                  phrases?

                                                                                                                                                       1. Noted - No, there is no link between size and number of issues. The purpose of this
                 Redditch                 You appear to give more space to some smaller towns in the county, is this
26/11/2010                                                                                                                                        approach is to ensure a fair distribution of limited funds. 2. Noted - The LTP3 does not suggest
             Citizens Advice   E - Mail   because they have more problems? Redditch is the 3 largest station in
                                                                                                 rd
                                                                                                                              Stations      Yes
   15:19                                                                                                                                           this. Investment in Redditch Station and Interchange will be packaged into the Town Centre
                  Bureau                  terms of use but does not qualify for increased development, why is this?
                                                                                                                                                                                        Enhancement proposals.

                                          In the profile, Hagley gets a brief mention but the station is not earmarked
                                          for any specific improvements. The Group feels that the building needs an         (Page 46 -48)
   Mon        Stourbridge                 interior refurbishment and staffing hours should be extended. The location        North East
                                                                                                                                                  Noted - A specific scheme for Hagley Station has now been included in the LTP3 Delivery Plan
27/12/2010     Line Users      E mail     of Hagley village places it firmly in the commuter belt for Birmingham and it     Worcestersh     Yes
                                                                                                                                                   and is integrated with proposed improvements to Kidderminster and Blakedown stations.
   15:48         Group                    could be more attractive if more trains called there. Hagley should be            ire Transport
                                          promoted to the extent that local residents do not travel by car to               Strategy
                                          Stourbridge Junction to ‚rail-head‛ at its free car park.

                                          SLUG fully supports ‚partnership working with the rail industry to develop a
                                          business case for the new transport interchange for Bromsgrove‛. This
                                          Group, together with the Bromsgrove Rail User Group is frustrated that
                                          funding procurement is delaying the execution of the scheme to provide a
                                                                                                                            (Page 46 -48)           Noted. However, this refers to strategic rail infrastructure. Worcestershire County Council
                                          much needed facility. The development of Bromsgrove station and the
   Mon        Stourbridge                                                                                                   North East               would not be able to promote this scheme without full support from partners in the Rail
                                          provision of an intensive electrified service will set in motion the
27/12/2010     Line Users      E mail                                                                                       Worcestersh     Yes       Industry and DfT Rail. Worcestershire County Council maintains healthy dialogues with
                                          displacement of freight traffic from the Lickey route and necessitate the re-
   15:48         Group                                                                                                      ire Transport           partners in the Rail Industry, and we continue to work to progress the Bromsgrove Station
                                          opening of the freight railway through Stourbridge and Dudley. The
                                                                                                                            Strategy                                                          scheme.
                                          restoration of a passenger service from Stourbridge to Dudley (and beyond)
                                          is dependent on the ‚domino effect‛. SLUG would like to see more inter-
                                          city and semi-fast inter-urban train services calling at Bromsgrove, subject to
                                          the introduction of a regular shuttle service to and from Droitwich Spa.

   Mon        Stourbridge                 SLUG supports partnership working ‚to ensure the successful                       (Page 46 -48)          Noted. It is recognised that the delivery of Bromsgrove Station improvements can form part
27/12/2010     Line Users      E mail     redevelopment of the Longbridge site‛. Both Longbridge and Bromsgrove             North East      Yes      of a wider enhancement of the strategic railway network. Whilst it is the wider Railway
   15:48         Group                    stations have the potential to remove vast amounts of motor car traffic           Worcestersh            Industry that must lead on the strategic issues, Worcestershire County Council will support
                                          from the roads of Worcestershire but the bus network must be significantly        ire Transport             measures which enable and incorporate commitments to improve services to/from
                                    improved to maximise usage of the latter. To achieve a satisfactory mix of       Strategy               Worcestershire and in particular between the County and key economically important areas
                                    local and long distance train services on the Stourbridge Line, the Camp Hill                                   such as Birmingham, London and the South East, and Bristol/South Wales.
                                    Line needs to be re-opened for passenger trains so as to provide extra
                                    capacity for semi-fast services in and out of Birmingham.

                                    (Page 51) SLUG acknowledges and agrees with the statement that ‚there is         (Page 50-54)
                                                                                                                                            Noted. Worcestershire County Council support improvements in the quality of rail services
   Mon       Stourbridge            an infrequent service between Worcester and Cheltenham‛. The line to             South
                                                                                                                                             linking the county with Cheltenham, Gloucester, Bristol and the South West/South Wales.
27/12/2010    Line Users   E mail   Cheltenham is the strategic link to the South West of England. An enhanced       Worcestersh     Yes
                                                                                                                                           Improved rail links will support the economy and also help to address traffic congestion issues
   15:48        Group               train service to Cheltenham or Gloucester and beyond is a prerequisite to        ire Transport
                                                                                                                                                               (again with positive impacts on economic performance)
                                    any development of a Worcestershire Parkway Station.                             Policy

                                    SLUG also recognises that there is ‚no direct link to Arriva Cross-Country
                                                                                                                     (Page 50-54)
                                    services (operating between the North East/East Midlands, Birmingham and                                Noted. However, this refers to strategic rail infrastructure. Worcestershire County Council
   Mon       Stourbridge                                                                                             South
                                    the South West/ South Wales)‛. This is a situation which could be remedied                               would not be able to promote this scheme without full support from partners in the Rail
27/12/2010    Line Users   E mail                                                                                    Worcestersh     Yes
                                    by extending or amalgamating existing London Midland services to bolster                                  Industry and DfT Rail. Worcestershire County Council maintains healthy dialogues with
   15:48        Group                                                                                                ire Transport
                                    the Arriva Cross-Country provision. Naturally Worcester Foregate Street                                                    partners in the Rail Industry, and will raise this issue.
                                                                                                                     Policy
                                    Station would need to be incorporated into any new diagram.

                                                                                                                     (Page 50-54)
   Mon       Stourbridge            (Page 52) SLUG fully supports the introduction of passenger information          South
                                                                                                                                            Noted. This will require investments in ITS equipment, which is now included in the revised
27/12/2010    Line Users   E mail   screens at transport interchanges and would like to see live information of      Worcestersh     Yes
                                                                                                                                                                                LTP3 Delivery Plan.
   15:48        Group               connecting services available at all Worcestershire stations.                    ire Transport
                                                                                                                     Policy

                                    SLUG supports Worcestershire Parkway Rail Interchange providing it is
                                    based on the model at Smethwick Galton Bridge. Smethwick GB is a split           (Page 50-54)
                                                                                                                                            Support noted. Worcestershire County Council will continue to work with partners and key
   Mon       Stourbridge            level station offering local to intercity connection and vice versa. SLUG has    South
                                                                                                                                             stakeholders to progress Worcestershire Parkway, with the aim of delivering a high value
27/12/2010    Line Users   E mail   successfully lobbied for additional services to call there i.e. the Birmingham   Worcestersh     Yes
                                                                                                                                              scheme of benefit to Worcestershire businesses, residents and visitors and the railway
   15:48        Group               International to Holyhead trains, thus providing additional journey              ire Transport
                                                                                                                                                                             industry as a whole.
                                    opportunities. A Worcestershire Parkway station must be attractive to Train      Policy
                                    Operating Companies.

                                                                                                                     (Page 50-54)
             Stourbridge            SLUG urges Worcestershire County Council and Network Rail to upgrade             South
                                                                                                                                              Noted. Schemes to enhance both stations are incorporated in the Worcester Transport
   Mon        Line Users   E mail   facilities at Foregate Street and Shrub Hill. The overall appearance of both     Worcestersh     Yes
                                                                                                                                                                     Strategy and the LTP3 Delivery Plan.
27/12/2010      Group               stations is less than satisfactory.                                              ire Transport
   15:48                                                                                                             Policy

                                    SLUG is pleased that ‚Kidderminster ranks as second busiest station in the
                                    county‛. It is the only rail head for Stourport and Bewdley. The Strategy        (Page 57)              Noted. Worcestershire County Council is developing the Kidderminster Station Interchange
   Mon       Stourbridge
                                    acknowledges that train and bus usage is steadily growing in the Wyre            Wyre Forest           scheme in partnership with the Wyre Forest District Council, the Rail Industry and the Severn
27/12/2010    Line Users   E mail                                                                                                    Yes
                                    Forest area and recognises the need for better interchange facilities. The       Transport             Valley Railway. In particular the County Council are seeking the funding necessary to progress
   15:48        Group
                                    Group identifies the proposed Kidderminster rail/bus interchange at              Strategy                                                   this valuable scheme.
                                    Kidderminster station as the best opportunity to develop integrated public
                                       transport and would like to see construction commence in the immediate
                                       future.

                                       Proposals for regeneration in the Horsefair, Churchfields and Clensmore
                                       area are not detailed but upgrade of roads in the vicinity, particularly the    (Page 57)            Noted - Worcestershire County Council is contributing to the Masterplan that is being
   Mon        Stourbridge
                                       bridge over the Worcestershire and Staffs Canal, could facilitate the           Wyre Forest          developed for the Churchfields area of Kidderminster. We will continue to work with partners
27/12/2010     Line Users     E mail                                                                                                  Yes
                                       introduction of a Town Centre circular bus route, serving the Railway           Transport            to identify improvements to local transport infrastructure and services to facilitate
   15:48         Group
                                       Station, Swan Centre, Clensmore, Crossley Retail Park and the General           Strategy             regeneration of this area.
                                       Hospital.

                                       SLUG strongly promotes INTEGRATED PUBLIC TRANSPORT, The ideal is
                                       achievable and much of the infrastructure is already in place. The reluctance
                                       of the Severn Valley Railway to offer commuter services means that
                                       Bewdley (and Stourport) need better bus links to the railway station. The       (Page 57)            Noted - The current funding situation will make it difficult in the short term to maintain and
   Mon        Stourbridge
                                       private sector should be encouraged to provide the links commercially,          Wyre Forest          enhance bus services in Worcestershire. However, Worcestershire County Council will
27/12/2010     Line Users     E mail                                                                                                  Yes
                                       even if some railway mileage is duplicated. Whittles 125 bus service            Transport            continue to work with operators and key stakeholders to make best use of limited funds to
   15:48         Group
                                       (Stourbridge-Kidderminster-Bewdley-Bridgnorth) indicates a strong demand        Strategy             improve accessibility in support of economic and environmental objectives.
                                       for access from the Black Country to the Wyre Forest area and beyond.
                                       How many more innovative bus routes could be constructed out of
                                       (presently) tendered services?

                                       SLUG finds the Strategy to be strong in aspiration and commitment. Many
                                       of the ideas therein need only fine-tuning. Although costly major                                    Thank you for your comments. Worcestershire County Council will support any proposals for
   Mon        Stourbridge              engineering is required for Worcester stations capacity improvements,                                light rail operation by the rail industry, where these are shown to represent value for money,
27/12/2010     Line Users     E mail   cheaper solutions to other station shortfalls do exist. Worcestershire has       Summary       Yes   have strong business cases and achieve agreed policy outcomes. However, Worcestershire
   15:48         Group                 not embraced Light Rail as a third modal service and should consider                                 County Council is not in a position to fund the costs of Light Rail schemes, given the very high
                                       suitability where practical. All in all, SLUG welcomes WLTP3 and eagerly                             set-up costs.
                                       awaits the execution of its objectives.

                                       No mention in original statement on the importance and acknowledgement
             Hanley Castle                                                                                                                     Noted. A Transport and Climate Change Policy has been developed as part of the LTP3
29/12/2010                    E mail   of Climate change and environmental issues ‚enhancing (built) and natural       Page 1        Yes
             Parish Council                                                                                                                                                      Compendium.
                                       environment‛ does not cover this.

                                       Economic Prioritising of transport routes ‚ For example, interurban roads
             Hanley Castle
29/12/2010                    E mail   should be prioritised for freight and longer distance motorised traffic,‛ and   Page 11        Yes                                         Noted and agreed.
             Parish Council
                                       public transport/ buses

                                                                                                                                             These are places where visitor coaches can safely wait, pick up and drop off visitors before
             Hanley Castle
29/12/2010                    E mail   What are coach layover facilities in Urban areas?                               Page 11        Yes    continuing onwards to designated coach parks. A good example is the recently constructed
             Parish Council
                                                                                                                                                    Sixways Park & Ride, which incorporates a coach station for National Express.

             Hanley Castle                                                                                                                      Noted. During the LTP3 period, strategic traffic and parking management plans will be
29/12/2010                    E mail   Support robust parking enforcement policy                                       Page 12        Yes
             Parish Council                                                                                                                     prepared in partnership with key stakeholders and which will cover entire urban areas.
             Hanley Castle               Communication systems using simple personal technologies i.e. texting to                             Noted: Will ensure that this is contained within the IPT strategy along with the relevance of
29/12/2010                    E mail                                                                                     Page 14       Yes
             Parish Council              update bus times plus information points at key stops                                                                        'text services' within rural areas in particular.

             Hanley Castle
29/12/2010                    E mail     No mention of use of river/water for freight transport                          Page 14       Yes                    Noted. This is included in the LTP3 Multimodal Freight Policy.
             Parish Council

             Hanley Castle               Environmental aim 1; reduce noise by reducing speeds in urban or built up                           Noted. Managing the impact of transport on the environment (including noise) is an important
29/12/2010                    E mail                                                                                     Page 16       Yes
             Parish Council              areas.                                                                                                                                 element of the LTP3.

                                                                                                                                                Noted. Maintaining and where feasible, improving accessibility, including in rural areas, is
                                                                                                                                               referenced within the LTP3. The current funding situation will make it difficult in the short
             Hanley Castle               Urban areas becoming more popular, but acknowledgement that poverty
29/12/2010                    E mail                                                                                     Page 34       Yes      term to maintain and enhance bus services in Worcestershire. However, Worcestershire
             Parish Council              exists in less accessible rural areas
                                                                                                                                              County Council will continue to work with operators and key stakeholders to make best use
                                                                                                                                                                of limited funds to maintain and improve accessibility.

             Hanley Castle               The Big Society theme...how does the strategy seek to reflect this in using
29/12/2010                    E mail                                                                                                   Yes     Noted - Please see the LTP3 Smarter Choices and Integrated Passenger Transport Policies.
             Parish Council              local knowledge of needs etc when it comes to e.g. bus routes and times?

                                                                                                                                             Noted - The current funding situation will make it difficult in the short term to maintain and
29/11/2010   Wythall Parish              General Comments Bus routes are very important to Wythall here in the                               enhance bus services in Worcestershire. However, Worcestershire County Council will
                              E - Mail                                                                                   Bus Service   Yes
  14:02        Council                   North of the County and would wish to retain as many as possible                                    continue to work with operators and key stakeholders to make best use of limited funds to
                                                                                                                                             maintain and improve accessibility.

                                         The general objectives are what one would expect to see in a strategic
                                                                                                                                             Noted - Maintaining and where feasible, improving accessibility, is referenced within the LTP3.
                                         document However there are some specifics that concern parishioners in
                                                                                                                                             The current funding situation will make it difficult in the short term to maintain and enhance
29/11/2010   Powick Parish               Powick. As both a non driver myself and Chairman of the Parish Council,
                              E - Mail                                                                                   Bus Service   Yes   bus services in Worcestershire. However, Worcestershire County Council will continue to
  12:52        Council                   some of these specifics include Improving the 363 bus service particularly in
                                                                                                                                             work with operators and key stakeholders to make best use of limited funds to maintain and
                                         the evenings and at weekends Improving the 44 bus service on Sundays,
                                                                                                                                             improve accessibility.
                                         particularly in the evening.

                                         It would seem sensible to consider extending the 44 to run from Malvern
                                                                                                                                             Noted. This proposal has already been discussed with bus operators who run the majority of
                                         to the Royal Hospital and then on to Warndon Villages, Shire Business Park,
29/11/2010   Powick Parish                                                                                                                   this service on a commercial basis. We will continue to monitor the use of this route in
                              E - Mail   Blackpole and back into Worcester thereby connecting up the employment          Bus Service   Yes
  12:52        Council                                                                                                                       conjunction with the operator, and will seek to encourage enhancement opportunities where
                                         centres in north and east Worcester with the employees arriving from the
                                                                                                                                             these arise.
                                         West of the city

30/11/2010   Droitwich Spa               Just to confirm that the Town Council had no comments to make on the
                              E - Mail                                                                                       LTP3                                                         Noted
  09:46      Town Council                LTP3

                                                                                                                          Transport
                                         It was helpful to have the separate document ‚Transport and Air Quality
31/12/2010   Bewdley Town                                                                                                  and Air           Noted. The LTP3 includes a Bewdley Urban Package of enhancement measures, and includes a
                              E mail     Policy‛ which highlights the long outstanding concerns expressed about
11:43           Council                                                                                                    Quality                                  scheme intended to address air quality issues.
                                         Welchgate Bewdley. It is vital this issue is tackled somehow.
                                                                                                                           Policy

31/12/2010   Bewdley Town     E mail     Overall the Town Council supports the objectives of the LTP for the 15 year        LTP3                                                         Noted.
11:43           Council                period through to 2026 and within it the Bewdley Urban Package.

                                                                                                                                           Noted - The Kidderminster Station Interchange Scheme has been specifically designed to
                                       Better bus services to Kidderminster railway station and coordination with                          promote direct cross-town bus services improving links between the Wyre Forest and the rail
                                       train services to Birmingham and Worcester ” these appear haphazard at                              network. This will include services to and from Bewdley and Stourport. The Kidderminster
                                                                                                                             North East
                                       present and mostly require users to break their journey in Kidderminster                            Urban Package will also help towards this aim. The current funding situation will make it
31/12/2010   Bewdley Town                                                                                                  Worcestersh
                              E mail   town centre and either walk up Comberton Hill or catch another bus. There                           difficult in the short term to maintain and enhance bus services in Worcestershire. However,
11:43        Council                                                                                                       ire Transport
                                       is a distinct lack of integration with the train timetable with the inevitable                      Worcestershire County Council will continue to work with operators and key stakeholders to
                                                                                                                              Strategy
                                       result that users feel travel by car is far more reliable and time-efficient                        make best use of limited funds to improve accessibility. Worcestershire County Council will
                                       which of course increases the traffic especially at peak times;                                     also continue to work with partners in the Rail Industry to try to encourage better integration
                                                                                                                                           of transport modes.

                                       A 20mph speed limit throughout the town centre but particularly so as to
31/12/2010   Bewdley Town              improve conditions and reduce speeding along the High Street which is               Bewdley         Noted. Worcestershire County Council would be happy to work with you to consider this
                              E mail
11:43        Council                   largely composed of listed and historic buildings and having very narrow            Urban           proposal as part of the proposed Bewdley Public Realm Enhancement Scheme.
                                       pavements and therefore public safety issues..                                      Package

                                       I am very concerned to see that notwithstanding the Stratford-
                                       Honeybourne (Oxford/Worcester/Cheltenham) Rail Line having been
                                       included in your existing LTP2 there is no reference to it in your LTP3,                            Worcestershire County Council has included its stance on both schemes in the LTP3 Long
                                       despite being told that it would be included. The existing Honeybourne-                             Term Delivery Plan, subject to confirmation of local benefits and the business case. It is agreed
29/12/2010
                Mr T. B.      E mail   Long Marston line, which is the only freight branch in the County, is not           Delivery Plan   that schemes such as these may bring strategic benefits to the rail network and cannot be
10:55
                                       even mentioned. The potential of Honeybourne Airfield, Vale of Evesham as                           seen as a purely local. As such Worcestershire County Council would expect it to be led by
                                       a freight/road/rail interchange is not mentioned either. This was promoted                          the rail industry, with local support provided where the local benefits have been proven.
                                       by the County 10 years ago. I trust that these omissions will be corrected in
                                       the final draft of LTP3.

                                                                                                                                           Noted. Worcestershire County Council acknowledges the important role that rail freight can
                                                                                                                                           play in supporting the economy and reducing the congestion and environmental impacts of
                                                                                                                                           freight haulage. It is recognised, however, that rail freight schemes are often strategic in
                                       The area considered by the plan includes routes that are important to the                           nature and can involve infrastructure investment outwith the local area and that successful
31/12/2010    DB Schenker              future development of rail freight traffic. DB Schenker believes there is                           schemes must have the active support of key stakeholders, including the private sector (e.g.
                              E mail
   12:04      Rail (UK) Ltd            considerable potential for the growth of rail freight traffic to the benefit of                     Train Operating Companies, businesses, haulage companies, Network Rail) and public sector
                                       the local area, particularly in economic and environmental terms.                                   (e.g. Department for Transport Rail, Office of the Rail Regulator etc.). Therefore,
                                                                                                                                           Worcestershire County Council expect rail freight schemes to be led by the private sector and
                                                                                                                                           associated key stakeholders, with local support provided where proposals deliver local
                                                                                                                                           benefits to the economy and environment.

                                       Long term forecasts anticipate a doubling of rail freight nationally by 2030.                       Noted: Worcestershire County Council acknowledge and support the role of rail freight
                                       It is disappointing, therefore, that the Multimodal Freight Policy is not more                      where local benefits to the economy and environment have been proven. Worcestershire
31/12/2010    DB Schenker              supportive towards the development of rail freight. The Policy recognises
                              E mail                                                                                                       County Council expect that such rail freight schemes will be led by the private sector and
   12:04      Rail (UK) Ltd            that ‚Rail is particularly well suited to bulk freight movements‛ (section 2.4.1)                   associated key stakeholders and look forward to discussing the business case for investment
                                       and ‚New rail freight locations will in general require planning permission                         in such facilities with the parties involved.
                                       and suitable locations will need to be identified‛ (section 2.4.2). Policy F3
                                      advocates working towards the identification and development of
                                      opportunities to develop rail freight, but there is no specific commitment
                                      to support new routes or terminals that will facilitate rail freight growth in
                                      Worcestershire.

                                      From an environmental point of view, rail has strong sustainable credentials.
                                      The emissions and carbon dioxide produced in the movement of freight by
31/12/2010   DB Schenker                                                                                                 Noted: Worcestershire County Council acknowledge and support the role of rail freight
                             E mail   rail are up to fifteen times less than those produced by the equivalent road
   12:04     Rail (UK) Ltd                                                                                               where local benefits to the economy and environment have been proven.
                                      transport. The expansion of rail freight, therefore, can do much to reduce
                                      overall environmental impact.

                                      As part of the Multimodal Freight Policy, suitable locations with potential to
                                      be used as future rail freight terminals should be detailed, and protected
                                                                                                                         Noted: Worcestershire County Council expect that such rail freight terminal schemes will be
                                      from other development that would hinder their use as such. Strategic
                                                                                                                         led by the private sector and associated key stakeholders and look forward to discussing the
                                      opportunities for new or re-opened rail lines, together with potential
                                                                                                                         business case for investment in such facilities with the parties involved. In terms of the
31/12/2010   DB Schenker              enhancements of existing routes, should also be detailed in a similar manner
                             E mail                                                                                      Honeybourne Line proposals, the LTP3 includes reference to this scheme. It is agreed that this
   12:04     Rail (UK) Ltd            to the existing Local Transport Plan 2. DB Schenker remains supportive of
                                                                                                                         scheme may bring strategic benefits to the rail network and cannot be seen as a purely local
                                      the re-opening of the rail route from Stratford-on-Avon through Long
                                                                                                                         one. As such Worcestershire County Council would expect it to be led by the rail industry,
                                      Marston and Honeybourne towards Cheltenham Spa (‘The Honeybourne
                                                                                                                         with local support provided where the local benefits have been proven.
                                      Line’), which was included in Worcestershire’s Local Transport Plan 2 under
                                      the heading 4.2.7.7 Infrastructure improvements.

                                      DB Schenker sees much potential in the development of new markets
                                      served by the Honeybourne Line, particularly in the inward movement of
                                      general merchandise as part of a wider logistics supply chain and in the           Noted: Worcestershire County Council expect that such rail freight schemes will be led by the
31/12/2010   DB Schenker
                             E mail   outward movement of agricultural produce. Recent development of a                  private sector and associated key stakeholders and look forward to discussing the business
   12:04     Rail (UK) Ltd
                                      high capacity dry bulk hopper rail wagon is expected to open up markets            case for investment in such facilities with the parties involved.
                                      not traditionally accessible to rail, including the transport of grain and other
                                      agricultural produce.

                                      The reinstatement of the rail route south of Stratford-on-Avon also has the        Noted: Worcestershire County Council, the LTP3 includes reference to this scheme, subject to
                                      potential to provide much needed additional capacity for through rail              confirmation of local benefits and the business case. It is agreed that this scheme may bring
31/12/2010   DB Schenker
                             E mail   freight traffic, both for diversionary purposes when other routes are              strategic benefits to the rail network and cannot be seen as a purely local one. As such
   12:04     Rail (UK) Ltd
                                      blocked by engineering work and by providing a route for permanent traffic         Worcestershire County Council would expect it to be led by the rail industry, with local
                                      as a relief to existing rail lines that are already approaching capacity.          support provided where the local benefits have been proven.

                                                                                                                         Noted: Worcestershire County Council, the LTP3 includes reference to this scheme, subject to
                                      The route through Long Marston south to Cheltenham Spa (already partially          confirmation of local benefits and the business case. It is agreed that this scheme may bring
31/12/2010   DB Schenker
                             E mail   reopened as a leisure railway) would provide an alternative to the existing        strategic benefits to the rail network and cannot be seen as a purely local one. As such
   12:04     Rail (UK) Ltd
                                      Birmingham ” Bristol route via Ashchurch.                                          Worcestershire County Council would expect it to be led by the rail industry, with local
                                                                                                                         support provided where the local benefits have been proven.

31/12/2010   DB Schenker              The reinstatement of the former curve (‘East Loop Junction ” South Loop            Noted: Worcestershire County Council, the LTP3 includes reference to this scheme, subject to
                             E mail
   12:04     Rail (UK) Ltd            Junction’) close to Honeybourne would allow access to/from the Cotswold            confirmation of local benefits and the business case. It is agreed that this scheme may bring
                                      rail route in the direction of Oxford. The Cotswold route between Oxford                           strategic benefits to the rail network and cannot be seen as a purely local one. As such
                                      and Worcester has been recently upgraded by Network Rail and, in                                   Worcestershire County Council would expect it to be led by the rail industry, with local
                                      conjunction with a link to Stratford-on-Avon, would provide an alternative                         support provided where the local benefits have been proven. Worcestershire County Council
                                      to the existing railway between the Midlands and the Thames Valley via                             look forward to discussing the business case for investment in such infrastructure with the
                                      Banbury                                                                                            parties involved

                                      DB Schenker believes that the re-opening of the Honeybourne Line is
31/12/2010   DB Schenker                                                                                                                 Noted: Worcestershire County Council look forward to discussing the business case for
                             E mail   important to the future of rail freight and will ensure that our support for
   12:04     Rail (UK) Ltd                                                                                                               investment in such infrastructure with the parties involved.
                                      this is reinforced through the relevant railway industry processes

                                                                                                                                         Noted. These comments will be taken into account in the development of the ROWIP plan. In
31/12/2010     Ramblers'
                             E-mail                     Please see Appendix A for the full letter                                        particular, we note the reference to the local sustainable travel fund and would welcome the
   08:37      Association
                                                                                                                                                opportunity to take your views into account when submitting a bid to this fund.

                                                                                                                                         Noted. The LTP3 strategic Delivery Plan contains a number of rail proposals which include the
                                                                                                                                         potential for re-opening the Honeybourne to Stratford railway line. We note your support for
                                                                                                                                           the replacement of the Abbey Bridge in Evesham and expect an imminent result from our
                                                                                                                                           Major Scheme funding application to the Department of Transport. With respect to your
                Vale of
31/12/2010                                                                                                                                comments on bus services we note your aspirations for enhancements to bus infrastructure
             Evesham Civic   E mail                      Please see Appendix for the full letter
   08:28                                                                                                                                 and services in your local area. Unfortunately, service enhancements may not be viable in the
                Society
                                                                                                                                         short term due to the current economic climate. We note your comments on the pedestrian
                                                                                                                                         crossings, pinch points, street scene and provision of infrastructure to promote motorcycling,
                                                                                                                                            as well as the Briar Close link (Black Bridges) Worcestershire County Council will seek to
                                                                                                                                                  address these issues as part of future package schemes in the Evesham area.

                                                                                                                                         Noted - A Stourport Relief Road Phase 1 will feature in the forthcoming LTP3 delivery plan.

                                                                                                                                         The approach for developing the delivery plans is represented by the Scheme Appraisal
                                                                                                                                         Framework (SAF). The SAF has been developed to guide directorate capital spending (including
                                                                                                                                         S106 funds from developers and grant allocations) to optimise value for money. This will
                                                                                                                                         involve the development of the 13 pre-defined packages in the LTP3, of which Stourport on
                                                                                                                                         Severn is included, into a clear set of integrated schemes (i.e. not single-mode).

                                                                                                                                         This approach will develop a clear understanding of the transport infrastructure and service
                                                                                                                      Stourport          requirements in each area, prioritised according to overall business case, including value for
01/12/2010     Mr T. A.      Letter                      Please see Appendix for the full letter.                                  Yes
                                                                                                                     Relief Road         money, support for policies etc.

                                                                                                                                         The SAF will be used to help prioritise the various elements of the package and also to
                                                                                                                                         prioritise between packages (particularly in terms of phasing). The results of the SAF will
                                                                                                                                         prioritise and plan LTP3 spending over the first Delivery Plan period (2011/12 ” 2014/15), with
                                                                                                                                         the packages tailored to available funding.

                                                                                                                                         Schemes will then be reviewed using SAF, given the socio-economic situation of the country,
                                                                                                                                         county and local district, every 3 years, towards a rolling 5 year plan of improvements, over
                                                                                                                                         the next 15 years.
01/12/2010                                                                                                                         The LTP3 includes a Bewdley Urban Package of enhancement measures, and includes a scheme
                Mr D.J.S.     E - mail   Changes to affect the air pollution issues in Bewdley's Welch Gate                  Yes
   14:13                                                                                                                              intended to address the Air Quality Management Area in Welch Gate issues. , Bewdley.

                                         Concern over plans to improve air quality in Welch Gate, Bewdley. The
                                         resulting queues along Dowles Road in Bewdley from changing priorities at
                                         the junction of Dog Lane and Welch Gate will result in far more CO 2
                                         emissions from idling vehicles. Having seen the recent queues caused by                      Noted. Any scheme to help to improve air quality in Bewdley would involve an integrated
                                         road works and having experienced queues before the current priority was                      package of measures, including encouraging use of the bypass by through traffic, traffic
                                         established I know that traffic congestion will be ill served by allowing the              management measures designed to reduce queuing (particularly in areas which are air quality
01/12/2010
                Mr D.J.S.     E - mail   Welch Gate bandwagon to be given a victory. The real solution is to prevent         Yes     sensitive), public realm enhancements to support the economic vitality of the town centre
   14:13
                                         vehicles using Welch Gate as a through route. There is a bypass!                           and measures to encourage use of walk, cycle and passenger transport (particularly for short
                                         Alternatively the removal of dwellings in Welch Gate would improve air                        distance journeys to/from/within Bewdley). In combination these measures will help to
                                         flow and speed up the traffic. Clearly neither solution will appeal to the                                          mitigate the impact of transport on air quality.
                                         residents. There is however a precedent. Looking at the bottom of Park
                                         Lane and the end of Dog Lane can be seen the remains of homes
                                         demolished to make way for road improvements in the Mid 20th century.

                                                                                                                                   Noted. Thank you for your numerous points raised in this letter. Worcestershire County
                                                                                                                                   Council is not a local planning authority and as such any comments relating to increased
                                                                                                                                   developments should be directed to Malvern Hills District Council. However, Worcestershire
                                                                                                                                   County Council will continue to work closely with the local planning authorities to ensure that
                                                                                                                                   new developments are accessible and do not cause adverse impacts on the highway networks.
                                                                                                                                   Proposals for the North West Link Road, electric car charging points, Worcestershire Parkway
                 Lower
                                                                                                                                   and a West of Worcester Park and Ride site have been included in the LTP3 strategic delivery
07/12/2010    Broadheath      Letter                         Please see Appendix for the full letter
                                                                                                                                   plan. It is clear that without contributions from alternative sources, including private sector
             Parish Council
                                                                                                                                   contributions, many of the schemes and packages identified in the LTP3 Strategic Delivery
                                                                                                                                   Plan will not be deliverable. It is important, therefore, that new developments must be
                                                                                                                                   accompanied with appropriate investment in transport infrastructure and services, such that
                                                                                                                                   the Worcestershire economy, environment and quality of life are not undermined. To help
                                                                                                                                   ensure this, the LTP3 is and will continue to be closely aligned with the emerging and relevant
                                                                                                                                   Local Development Plans and Core Strategies.

                                         The South Worcestershire cycle forum regularly meet council staff to
                                         discuss cycling issues & policy for Worcester & the southern area of the
                                         county. During the last few years we have been encouraged & grateful for
                                         the council's positive approach to cycling & the benefits it can bring.
   8th           South                                                                                                              Noted and agreed. The LTP3 includes Cycling and Smarter Choices Policy documents which
                                         Choose how you move / The Diglis Bridge & new cycling infrastructure all
December     Worcestershire   Letter                                                                                               draw on the lessons learnt from the Worcester Sustainable Travel Town Pilot Project. The final
                                         help to encourage more people to see cycling as the best option for short
  2010        Cycle Forum                                                                                                                           version of the LTP3 includes a more detailed Delivery Plan.
                                         urban journeys. LTP 3 continues this positive approach but currently is short
                                         on specific proposals. Choose how you move taught us that inexperienced
                                         cyclists; what you define as ‚leisure / utility‛ cyclists require safe continuous
                                         routes to their destination.
                                        With limited funds the priority must be to link existing cycling routes into
                                        continuous routes linking suburban areas to town & city centres. When
                                        cyclists reach their destination they require adequate, safe, secure sheltered
                                        parking for their bikes. This need not be a council provision but could be a
                                                                                                                                            Noted and agreed. The LTP3 Development Control (Transport) Policy makes specific reference
   8th           South                  planning requirement for private developments. LTP 3 is a 15-year
                                                                                                                                             for the need for new developments to cater for the needs of sustainable modes (including
December     Worcestershire   Letter    programme 2011 ” 2026. This needs to be split into shorter time periods with
                                                                                                                                             cycling). Schemes which involve the provision of secure cycle parking have been included in
  2010        Cycle Forum               clearly defined objectives that can be worked toward. The cycle forum will
                                                                                                                                             each of the three biggest urban areas (Kidderminster, Worcester and Redditch) in the LTP3.
                                        continue to work with the council to promote cycling, bringing our
                                        concerns to their attention. I submit this initial document within the 31st
                                        December deadline. We shall be discussing LTP 3 in greater detail with
                                        council staff at our next meeting on the 21st January 2011.

                                                                                                                                              Noted. The LTP3 includes reference to the potential reinstatement of the Stratford-upon-
                                                                                                                                             Avon - Honeybourne - Cheltenham rail line, subject to confirmation of local benefits and the
                                                                                                                                             business case. It is noted that this is a strategic scheme that may bring wider benefits to the
                                        The case for the reinstatement of the Stratford-upon-Avon - Long Marston
09/12/2010                                                                                                                                  rail network and cannot be seen as a purely local one. As such Worcestershire County Council
                Mr M. B.      E- Mail   - Honeybourne railway line and in the longer term to Cheltenham Spa.
  09:29                                                                                                                                      would expect it to be led by the rail industry (including DfT Rail, Network Rail and passenger
                                        Saved under shared/current projects/ ltp3/consultaiton/responses
                                                                                                                                             and freight train operating companies), with local support provided where the local benefits
                                                                                                                                              have been proven. Worcestershire County Council look forward to discussing the business
                                                                                                                                                          case for investment in such infrastructure with the parties involved

                                           I note that RS7 from LTP2 indicates that there should be 20mph zones
                                        outside schools subject to a review. I would like to know what success WCC
16/12/2010                                has had in implementing this policy from LTP2 and what percentage of           2.5.1 Road           Noted. A separate response on this specific issue is being prepared by the Worcestershire
                Mr M. H.      E Mail                                                                                                  Yes
   11:56                                   schools now have 20mph zone. I would like Policy RS7 to be explicitly           Safety                County Council Accident Studies Team and will be issued direct to the consultee.
                                        carried over to LTP3 so that all schools have a 20mph zone. It would appear
                                        that WCC has had limited success in implementing this policy after 5 years!

                                          In Cleeve Prior, we have had WCC do an Audit of the B4085, despite RS7
16/12/2010                                 being in the policy, WCC appear that they are not going to implement a                             Noted. A separate response on this specific issue is being prepared by the Worcestershire
                Mr M. H.      E Mail                                                                                                  Yes
   11:56                                   20mph zone. Is there any point of trying to help formulate policy if the                              County Council Accident Studies Team and will be issued direct to the consultee
                                                      policy will be ignored by WCC if it is inconvenient?

                                             In the essential references document Paragraph 5.3.2 you state that                             Noted. There was an error in the Essential References Document. Thank you for pointing this
                                            according to the Office for National Statistics Worcester City has the                          out to us. We have corrected the document. In summary, the population of Worcestershire is
                                           lowest projected population growth of 7.3% to 2026 whilst Bromsgrove                             set to increase from 555,300 in 2008 to 571,000 in 2016, and to 596,100 by 2026. This represents
                                               would increase by 17.8%. However your table 5.5 actually shows                                an increase of 7% between 2008 and 2026. Bromsgrove has the largest projected increase of
16/12/2010                              Bromsgrove's population falling whilst Worcester City's population increases                        11%, whilst Redditch has the lowest projected population growth of 6%. Worcester's growth in
                MR A.F.       E Mail
   11:36                                by 16.5%. I therefore checked with the ONS website and found that the first                              projected to increase by 5.5%. In terms of the over 65 element of the Worcestershire
                                        statement was correct. Table 5.5 is most important because as you correctly                         population, this is forecast to increase by 45% between 2010 and 2026, with the largest growth
                                         identify age distribution is vital concerning transport needs let alone total                         forecast for Redditch (58%), and the lowest for Worcester (32%) The scale of the forecast
                                             population, perhaps you can tell me how the figures in table 5 were                             growth, when combined with the changing age structure, will inevitably increase demand for
                                                                            calculated.                                                                                  many services and the volume of travel.
                                                                                                                   Noted - The arguments stated in LTP2 remain correct for LTP3. Congestion in Worcester City
                                                                                                                     is generally confined to peak periods (e.g. 0730 ” 09:30),, when commuters are travelling on
                                  2) Your arguments for increasing the number of Park and Ride sites have             the transport network. Park and Ride, whilst providing alternatives for short stay visitors, is
                                turned the reasons for their introduction in LTP2 completely on their head.         principally focussed at users of long stay car parks (i.e. commuters). However, in other towns
                                At that time it was to ease congestion within the City of Worcester, now it        and cities where Park and Rides have been installed, these sites tend to become popular with
16/12/2010
             MR A.F.   E Mail     is proposed to have more, to free up long term parking spaces for short          shoppers and visitors as well as commuters. Increasing parking capacity through Park and Ride
   11:36
                                    term parking within the City centre; thus increasing the possibility of               sites will enable more people to access Worcester City, without causing increases in
                                congestion. Yet at the same time you give cogent reasons of the impact of          congestion on the road network, leading to increased economic activity. This is recognised by
                                              congestion upon the economics of the County.                         the business community who are in support of additional transport schemes (including Park &
                                                                                                                       Ride) which target traffic congestion and make conditions more attractive for consumers
                                                                                                                                 which will in turn attract retail consumers and boost the local economy.

                                3) It is known that traffic is abstracted from bus routes by park and rides and
                                                                                                                     A range of investments are also proposed for Malvern in the LTP3 Delivery Plan, which will
                                   although you may try to mitigate this loss by allowing the bus service to
                                                                                                                         improve accessibility to and conditions in the town. It is noted that the economy of
                                   incorporate the Park and Ride site into its designated schedule it will still
                                                                                                                    Worcestershire benefits from agglomeration. In that there are a number of large towns with
                                  lead to some loss because of the necessary level of frequency needed by
16/12/2010                                                                                                         buoyant local economies, which work together to create a dynamic local economy. Therefore,
             MR A.F.   E Mail    these sites. However there is a far greater reason for not building such sites
   11:36                                                                                                            it is Worcestershire County Council's view that any investments to improve accessibility to
                                and that is the economic disadvantage it could create for Malvern Town by
                                                                                                                     Worcester (as the largest settlement in Worcestershire) in conjunction with investment in
                                  abstracting customers from their shops to the benefit of Worcester City.
                                                                                                                   other towns such as Malvern, will result in wider benefits which will be felt in the other towns
                                  Surely we need to collaborate and make the area attractive to visitors not
                                                                                                                                                      in the county and beyond.
                                               compete with towns 4 or 5 miles down the road.

                                    4) Whilst Malvern has natural advantages Worcester does not take
                                                                                                                    Agreed, Worcester City Council and Worcestershire County Council have invested heavily in
                                advantage of the River running through the centre of the town, I have little
                                                                                                                     improving the riverside in Worcester. This is being supported by private sector investment,
16/12/2010                      doubt that if it were boarded by park land with associated facilities it could
             MR A.F.   E Mail                                                                                         particularly in the Diglis area of the city. It is Worcestershire County Council's view that all
   11:36                           be made much more of an attraction as well as an attractive site for
                                                                                                                       visitors (both day trippers and longer stay visitors) should be supported and encouraged
                                developers which could pay for the associated works. We must encourage
                                                                                                                                      through investment in supportive infrastructure and services.
                                                    longer stay visitors not day-trippers.

                                  5) The Gross Value Added per resident is shown as only £16074, a £1000
                                   lower than the West Midlands average and £4500 lower than that for              Noted - Worcestershire County Council and the Worcestershire District Councils work closely
16/12/2010                         England. We will not increase this figure by fighting each other but by          together to promote and support Worcestershire's diverse economy. This partnership has
             MR A.F.   E Mail
   11:36                         complementing each others USP's. I would suggest with Malvern's place in               resulted in continued increases in GVA per resident over time. The case for freight
                                      the Technology field we should create Worcester into a Freight                                     consolidation centres are considered in the LTP3.
                                                           Consolidation Centre.

                                6) Within the time span of the Plan Period there will be the extension of the
                                 High Speed rail-link to Birmingham, the construction of a deep water berth
                                 at Bristol Docks as well as the Governments intention to make Broadband           Noted. Worcestershire Parkways proposals have and are being considered as part of the LTP3
16/12/2010                      available to all homes by 2015. Internet shopping will dominate retail sales; in
             MR A.F.   E Mail                                                                                      Delivery Plan. Worcestershire County Council will continue to work with key stakeholders to
   11:36                          its infancy at the moment it has still increased "white van movements" by               promote and develop the strategic and local business cases for such schemes.
                                  12% as your documents show. With a largely rural hinterland there will be
                                 great opportunities for towns such as Worcester with an enviable position
                                  so close to the Motorway network. Investment into a consultancy in this
                                        field, possibly linked to the Parkway rail proposal would be much more
                                                               beneficial for the whole area.

                                       7) You talk about the use of P&R sites as possible lorry parks may I suggest
                                          that you investigate the parking facilities at County Hall first. There is
                                        already a limited degree of night time and weekend security: there is the                       Noted and agreed. Worcestershire County Council is certainly not averse to use of its car
16/12/2010                            Orchard Cafe facility which could be franchised out to provide showers and                        parks for overnight freight parking. However, a suitable business case would be required to
               MR A.F.       E Mail
   11:36                                 meals and it has an ideal location close to junctions 6 & 7. I think that it                 support investment in enhancing the quality of the infrastructure to enable this change of use
                                            would be good politically (with a small p) in these times for Local                                                                to take place.
                                        Government, to be seen using its assets as a means of earning additional
                                                                          revenue.

                                      8) It would seem to be well worth the money to investigate bus punctuality
                                                                                                                                       Noted. Worcestershire County Council will continue to work closely with bus operators to
16/12/2010                            for non frequent services when you show that we are over 10% worse than
               MR A.F.       E Mail                                                                                                     encourage improved operations management and will also seek to address the key pinch
   11:36                              either Warwickshire or Herefordshire. Poor service only encourages greater
                                                                                                                                            points on the network which can undermine service punctuality and reliability.
                                                                      car usage

                                       9) I am pleased to see that the Taxi now has a place in your approach and I
                                       believe could be effective in rural areas as a demand led service operated
16/12/2010                             on a shared basis but only to specific points and at specified times. When                     Noted. The LTP3 Delivery Plan includes a scheme to investigate potential demand responsive
               MR A.F.       E Mail
   11:36                                the new Localism Bill is enacted this could be a joint effort between the                                                  transport schemes for rural areas.
                                       County Council and groups of Local Parish Councils, allowing the latter to
                                                                 be the managing agents.

                                        10) Instead of creating new footpaths, I believe that we should promote
                                         existing footpaths as a tourist facility; tied in with the appropriate bus
                                          timetable we could encourage tourists into the rural areas. With the
16/12/2010                            pressures on Local Finance this would probably have to be an online facility.
               MR A.F.       E Mail                                                                                                                                              Noted.
   11:36                                 Some Parish Councils produce their own maps; others may need to be
                                         encouraged, which could be picked up in a pub or local shop. We must
                                      encourage bus usage in the rural areas and again this could persuade visitors
                                                                      to stay longer.

                                                                                                                        Worcestersh
                                                                                                                        ire
    Fri                               ‚To promote technology-led growth benefiting all sectors and parts of the         Sustainable
              Transition
17/12/2010                   Letter   county‛ Ideally this would be green technology-led growth. The LTP3               Community     Noted. The LTP3 and its policy documents actively promote green and sustainable transport.
             Malvern Hills
   12:04                              should encourage this by supporting green transport.                              Strategy
                                                                                                                        Objectives
                                                                                                                        (page 4)

    Fri                               A reliable and efficient transport network is indeed important. Increasing        The           Noted. We have developed a number of minimum standards for infrastructure and services in
              Transition
17/12/2010                   Letter   the efficiency of existing transport and encouraging the accessibility of non-    Economic      Worcestershire, to ensure that future enhancements bring about systemic improvements to
             Malvern Hills
   12:04                              car modes of transport are welcome. For a car journey, the main problem is        Objective      sustainable transport networks in the County. However, Worcestershire County Council is
                                      often parking at the destination. For public transport more issues need             (page 9)          acutely conscious of affordability. Worcestershire County Council is keen to work with
                                      addressing “ Finding out when it runs...easy access to accurate and up to                               partner organisations to find sustainable ways to provide and maintain supportive
                                      date information, remembering that not everyone has internet access -                                                          infrastructure across Worcestershire.
                                      particularly old people.
                                      “ Is it at a useful time?
                                      “ Getting to the stop ” and the stop for the return journey, which, in
                                      Malvern, may be up a steep hill.
                                      “ Can you sit down at the stop? Is there a shelter?
                                      “ Will it come? This is an area in which input from local users and potential
                                      users would be particularly helpful, as they would have detailed knowledge
                                      of the locality and problems which a young car-driver may not appreciate.

                                      The Transition movement and the local authority have broadly the same               The
    Fri
              Transition              aims, with Transition being particularly keen on lessening the dependence           Environment
17/12/2010                   Letter                                                                                                                                                 Noted.
             Malvern Hills            on oil, both to help the environment, and to plan for the likely increase in        Objective
   12:04
                                      price, and ultimate shortage.                                                       (page 15)

                                      Less cars more health! The smarter choices initiatives are to be welcomed.          The Public
    Fri                               Working actively with user groups could greatly enhance their effectiveness.        Health and
              Transition                                                                                                                 Noted - we would welcome your support in the development of our smarter choices package
17/12/2010                   Letter   Transition Malvern Hills may be able to help with ideas and possibly                Safety
             Malvern Hills                                                                                                                                                in the Malvern Hills.
   12:04                              contacts, as the transition model focuses on identifying and pursuing local         Objective
                                      practical actions.                                                                  (page 19)

                                      Perhaps the idea of bringing services to the public could be adapted for
                                      consultations The ‚real time‛ information on Malvern station is unreliable
    Fri                                                                                                                   The Equality
              Transition              Centralisation of facilities can increase the distance to travel e.g. there is no
17/12/2010                   Letter                                                                                       Objective                                                 Noted.
             Malvern Hills            longer a surgery in Barnards Green People without cars are often also
   12:04                                                                                                                  (page 23)
                                      without internet access Public transport costs are high, which could
                                      particularly affect young people when the EMA is abolished

                                      Giving the public suitable opportunities to influence planning is a great aim,
                                      which can be enhanced by ensuring that consultation can be easily accessed          The Quality
    Fri
              Transition              by the people affected. In order to gain maximum value for limited funding          of Life
17/12/2010                   Letter                                                                                                                  Noted. We will be in touch to ask for a list of contacts. Many thanks.
             Malvern Hills            for rights of way improvement, could local walking groups be contacted              Objective
   12:04
                                      directly? Some of them target less active people, so would be able to make          (page 27)
                                      suggestions as to where a small improvement would have most impact.

                                                                                                                          The Asset
    Fri                                                                                                                                  Noted. However, LTP3 necessarily is a multimodal strategy, recognising the diverse needs and
              Transition                                                                                                  Managemen
17/12/2010                   Letter   Transition philosophy is to discourage cars                                                           roles of each transport mode, in particular in support of economic performance and
             Malvern Hills                                                                                                t Objective
   12:04                                                                                                                                                        protecting and improving our environment.
                                                                                                                          (page 29)

    Fri       Transition              It is regrettable that supporting economic growth is given much higher              Results of     Noted - The objectives and their prioritisation reflect the views of the County Council Elected
                             Letter
17/12/2010   Malvern Hills            priority than reducing carbon emissions and improving the quality of life           Objective                                                 Members.
  12:04                               and a healthy natural environment.                                              Weighting
                                                                                                                      Exercise
                                                                                                                      (page 37,
                                                                                                                      figure 1,3)

                                                                                                                      The Great
    Fri                                                                                                               Malvern
              Transition              Assuming that the ‚enhancements‛ refer to shared space, the package is to
17/12/2010                   Letter                                                                                   Urban                                                  Noted.
             Malvern Hills            be welcomed.
   12:04                                                                                                              Package
                                                                                                                      (page 54)

                                      The unusual configuration of steep and narrow streets in Great Malvern
                                      does not lend itself to pedestrianisation or to a one-way system. Perhaps
                                      the present road space will be "shared" with pedestrians who will have as
                                      much if not more right on the road space as motorists. At present the roads
                                      even in the town centre are clearly prioritised for motorists, except at
                                      designated crossing points, and then only when the pedestrians have been
                                      given the right to cross by the motorist stopping at traffic lights. Shared
                                      space would take these "rights and certainties" away from motorists and
                                      give priority to pedestrians. The net result - a calmer town centre catering
                                      primarily for pedestrians but which motorists could navigate their way
                                      through at low speed. It is to be hoped that limited funds will be carefully
                                                                                                                      The Great
                                      targeted to help less active people e.g. carefully positioned seats. Because                  Noted - Worcestershire County Council is working with Malvern Hills District Council on a
    Fri                                                                                                               Malvern
              Transition              of the unusually steep nature of Church Street, some parking for elderly and                  scheme to consider a 'shared space' type approach to Great Malvern's public realm. Also,
17/12/2010                   Letter                                                                                   Urban
             Malvern Hills            disabled people would be needed. Transition Malvern Hills could help with                      investment is planned in Malvern Link Railway Station to encourage Park & Ride, cycling,
   12:04                                                                                                              Package
                                      ideas and sources of information for the smarter choices programme. There                         walking and bus/rail interchange to access rail services to Worcester and beyond.
                                                                                                                      (page 54)
                                      is a shared car ownership scheme already operating in Colwall. A loan
                                      scheme which allows people to try out electric bicycles has led to increased
                                      use of electric bicycles instead of cars. In other parts of the country there
                                      are successful community transport schemes such as sharing lifts in private
                                      cars or taxis, and community owned minibuses. The main problem with
                                      Malvern Link station seems to be the car park charges, which have led to an
                                      increase in on road parking. Residents do show an interest in parking and
                                      riding. People with bus passes are willing to use them to go to Worcester,
                                      but the bus inevitably winds its way round Malvern. So they parked on
                                      Morrisons car park and caught the bus from there, until Morrisons
                                      introduced charges.

                                      The LTP3 shares many of the aims of the Transition Movement. Transition
    Fri
              Transition              Malvern Hills may be able to help with local knowledge and contacts for
17/12/2010                   Letter                                                                                                                             Noted. Thank you for this offer.
             Malvern Hills            consultation. Through the wider transition movement, information is
   12:04
                                      available on novel transport schemes which are already running.
                                        There is no reference to the depot at Long Marston, which despite falling
22/12/2010                               partially outside of the County is accessed from the Cotswold Line near
               Mr R.F.      E-Mail                                                                                     Freight 2.4   Yes                            Noted - mention is made in the delivery plan.
   15:36                               Honeybourne in Wychavon. This depot has been used in the past for storing
                                                  rolling stock and is the only freight branch in the county.

                                       Also in relation to the above point it may be useful to investigate/mention                          Noted: The LTP3 includes reference to this scheme, subject to confirmation of local benefits
                                             the potential for the future restoration of part/all of the former                              and the business case. It is agreed that this scheme may bring strategic benefits to the rail
22/12/2010
               Mr R.F.      E-Mail     Honeybourne line which would be particularly useful for freight trains (as it                 Yes     network and cannot be seen as a purely local one. As such Worcestershire County Council
   15:36
                                         avoids the Lickey incline). The route is saved in the adopted Wychavon                              would expect it to be led by the rail industry, with local support provided where the local
                                                                      Local Plan (2006).                                                                                      benefits have been proven.

                                       In the main LTP document (page 49) it omits the mention that services from
22/12/2010                              Great Malvern and Worcester to London Paddington also call at Pershore,
               Mr R.F.      E-Mail                                                                                                   Yes                             Noted. The document has been amended.
   15:36                                Evesham and Honeybourne. There is also no mention of the services from
                                        Hartlebury to Birmingham Moor Street. These services are also important.

                  The
                                                                                                                                           We have logged your comments as part of the LTP3 consultation. Please note that we have
              Bromsgrove
23/12/2010                             We are keen for an update on your proposed spring 2011 traffic                                      included all the transport elements that were discussed and documented previously into the
             Town Centre    E - mail                                                                                                 Yes
   13:34                               management study for Bromsgrove.                                                                    LTP3 delivery plan into a series of packages for delivery in future (subject to funding and
             Regeneration
                                                                                                                                           business case).
              Partnership

                                                                                                                                           I appreciate your concerns on Major Scheme entries; however, we are limited as to how many
                                       With respect to feedback on the LTP3 as part of your Consultation. We are                           Major Schemes we can bid for, particularly in the short term. Major Schemes are currently
                  The                  concerned that on page 45 'The Delivery Programme ” The Major Schemes'                              defined as those schemes which have a total cost in excess of £5 million. To achieve funding in
              Bromsgrove               that Bromsgrove is not listed, when we believe the successful                                       this way, a sizeable local contribution (as much as 50% of total costs) must also be sought to
23/12/2010
             Town Centre    E - mail   implementation of your NEW transport strategy and therefore the packages                      Yes   match fund this investment. As many of the schemes proposed for Bromsgrove have the
   13:34
             Regeneration              for Redditch and Kidderminster rely on the effectiveness of the transport                           potential to be funded by other means (in particular, maintenance and the Local Sustainable
              Partnership              infrastructure in Bromsgrove and specifically the development of the major                          Transport Fund, for example), it was decided that the Major Scheme route was not the most
                                       public transport interchange in the town.                                                           appropriate means of funding the delivery of the North East Worcestershire Transport
                                                                                                                                           Strategy in Bromsgrove during the LTP3 plan period.

                                                                                                                                           The critical issue is that all schemes are captured within delivery packages in the LTP3. The way
                  The                                                                                                                      in which these schemes can be funded will undoubtedly change over the life of the LTP3. So,
              Bromsgrove                                                                                                                   whilst not currently proposed, we are not necessarily discounting the possibility of a major
23/12/2010
             Town Centre    E - mail   Please can you record our concerns (stated above) under the consultation?                     Yes   scheme for Bromsgrove in the medium to long term, should this method of funding be
   13:34
             Regeneration                                                                                                                  considered appropriate in future. Please note that no new Major Schemes are being accepted
              Partnership                                                                                                                  for consideration by the Department for Transport for funding during the Spending Review
                                                                                                                                           period.

                                         It may also be useful to mention that car parking at some of the railway
22/12/2010
               Mr R.F.      E-Mail        stations may need to be increased to cope with the growth in demand                        Yes   Noted and agreed - the revised delivery plan contains some schemes which address this issue.
   15:36
                                                (particularly as many of the stations serve a large rural area).
                                    Feel that the north side of Worcester needs to be bridged in the same way
                                         the southern side has been with the Diglis Bridge. Spanning the river
                                   (identified in the Worcester Transport Strategy) ideally from near the old tip
                                   at Henwick Park over to either (ideally) the Duckworth Trust or the northern
                                                                                                                      Bridge for
22/12/2010                          end of the racecourse will have considerable sustainable transport benefits                          Noted. A scheme which includes a 'Waterworks Bridge' has been included in the LTP3 Delivery
              Mr N. B.    E-Mail                                                                                        north      Yes
   14:22                              as well as linking up the green spaces including Gheluvelt Park and all that                                                                Plan.
                                                                                                                      Worcester
                                     follows both sides of the River. The result being that the city is linked with
                                     sustainable transport centrally as well as in the north and south of the city.
                                   Also provides access to a children's park and for which Henwick Park and St.
                                                              John's is desperately lacking.

                                   It is arrogant of Worcestershire County Council to expect the residents of
                                         Worcestershire to give up their cars in favour of second rate public
                                    transport when they are incapable of making their own staff use the free
                                   facilities instead of their cars, this is especially pertinent when the elected
23/12/2010                         Members retain private parking facilities for themselves within the County                            Noted. However, LTP3 necessarily is a multimodal strategy, recognising the diverse needs and
              Mr P. S.    E-Mail                                                                                                   Yes
   10:52                             Hall campus. The proposals within this document can be likened to the                                                            roles of each transport mode.
                                   Newtown Road bus lane, going from nowhere to nowhere with bits missing
                                      in the middle and stopping well short of the intended destination. This
                                       fiasco is a good indication of the capability of Worcestershire County
                                             Council to plan and deliver an integrated transport system.

                                       A significant number of our students (possibly the majority) travel to                             Noted. Worcestershire County Council is currently implementing schemes which will help to
                                   College by bus. The cost of and accessibility to public transport is therefore                         improve conditions for buses and other road users along the Newtown Road and Bromyard
             Worcester                  of major importance to the College in terms of attracting students.                              Road Corridors in Worcester. These measures will enable more efficient east<->west journeys
23/12/2010                                                                                                            Home to
             Sixth Form   E-Mail       Students who travel across the city are often faced with difficult bus                      Yes   by all modes across the city and will help to encourage bus companies to improve their cross-
   10:52                                                                                                               School
               College                journeys as they often have to change buses in Worcester. We would                                   city services, offering faster and more reliable services. Worcestershire County Council will
                                    therefore welcome the introduction of cross city bus services to and from                             continue to work with operators to identify opportunities to improve bus operations in the
                                                                   the College.                                                                                                  city of Worcester.

             Worcester             Disappointingly the number of students who cycle to College is small so we
23/12/2010                                                                                                                                Noted. A scheme for the development of a signposted cycle route between Worcester City
             Sixth Form   E-Mail   also welcome the development of clearly signed and safe cycle routes along          Cycling     Yes
   10:52                                                                                                                                                Centre and Redhill is now included in the LTP3 Delivery Plan.
               College                with the positive externalities and cost savings that such travel bestows.

                                      There are some very positive points in Worcestershire's LTP - we are
23/12/2010                         impressed with the commitment to walking and cycling and look forward to
              Sustrans    E-Mail                                                                                                   yes                                        Noted - Thank you.
   12:46                            working in partnership with Worcestershire to increase walking and cycling
                                                       opportunities and make this a reality.

                                         The plan is very good- there are opportunities not considered such as                           Noted - This will be considered as part of all station improvement schemes that are promoted
23/12/2010
              Sustrans    E-Mail       links to the train stations for cyclists that are not made reference to.                    yes    in the LTP3 delivery plan. We would be delighted to work with you to ensure this aspect is
   12:46
                                                  Worcester is in a perfect position to achieve this.                                                                         properly considered.

23/12/2010    Sustrans    E-Mail   Sustrans would welcome the opportunity to discuss many of the aspects of                        yes                               Agreed. We would also welcome this.
  12:46                                                             this plan in more detail

                                                                                                                                             12 weeks is the statutory consultation period for strategy documents and schemes. This is
                                         In our view the consultation process was inadequate. Less than three
                                                                                                                                            consistent with national and County Council Corporate guidance. In developing the LTP3 a
                                         months is not sufficient time to consider a large number of complex
                                                                                                                                           variety of public exercises were undertaken in order to understand the issues and challenges
                                         documents. Furthermore we cannot find any evidence that in developing
              Wyre Forest                                                                                                                                      facing the travelling public and their priorities in terms of
30/12/2010                               this LTP the council engaged with the wider community of transport and
             Friends of the   E - mail                                                                                    Process               improving the Worcestershire transport network. These are detailed in the Essential
   14:13                                 environmental groups. It is also disappointing that the consultation process
                  Earth                                                                                                                                    References Document, Section 3. Once understood, these issues
                                         did not include any public exhibitions and meetings. Being able to have a
                                                                                                                                           then influenced and helped inform the third Local Transport Plan (LTP3) so that the policies
                                         dialogue with officers is a key part of any consultation and is an opportunity
                                                                                                                                                                            and plans could be developed in a
                                         for the public to understand how it will affect them and their locality.
                                                                                                                                                                          'fit for purpose' and meaningful way.

                                         Although the effects of climate change and the impact of rising fossil fuel
                                         prices are mentioned in the main document the policies set out and the
              Wyre Forest                Transport Scheme Appraisal Framework point to a ‚business as usual‛
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             Friends of the   E - mail   scenario. It does not represent a real step change in transport planning         Strategy                      Noted. Please see the LTP3 Transport and Climate Change Policy.
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                  Earth                  which is necessary in order to make the necessary urgent reduction in CO2
                                         emissions. Considering that the LTP covers the next 15 years it is not bold
                                         enough in strategy to cope with the likely changes during the plan period.

                                         A striking omission is the lack of targets to be achieved over the 15 years
                                                                                                                                             Noted. The LTP3 policies actively promote increased use of sustainable transport modes.
              Wyre Forest                covered by the policy. There are no targets for an increase in active travel
30/12/2010                                                                                                                                 Worcestershire County Council will continue to monitor the success of its approach using a
             Friends of the   E - mail   and public transport use, or for a decrease in road traffic. The targets need    Strategy
   14:13                                                                                                                                   scheme-by-scheme basis; however, setting overall targets in the current uncertain economic
                  Earth                  not be too specific but should at least give an idea of the desired effect of
                                                                                                                                                                and financial climate would not be appropriate.
                                         the LTP.

                                         Apart from developer contributions there is very little consideration given
                                         to ways in which in which funding can be outside the traditional process of
              Wyre Forest
30/12/2010                               the local transport capital settlement or the local government settlement.                        Noted. Many of the funding mechanisms referred to are challenging to implement and would
             Friends of the   E - mail                                                                                    Funding
   14:13                                 Consideration should be given to other means of raising funds such as road                                                    require strong political support.
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                                         pricing, business rate supplements, higher parking charges and workplace
                                         parking levies.

                                         A new avenue of funding is the recently announced Local Sustainable
                                         Transport Fund (LSTF). The Local Transport Minister has said that bids to the
              Wyre Forest                LSTF will be regarded more favourably if they have involvement for
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             Friends of the   E - mail   community groups. The guidance will tell local authorities that if they wish     Funding    Yes                                             Noted.
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                  Earth                  to bid successfully they need to show commitment to sustainable transport
                                         through funding pledges made from other sources including the health
                                         sector and developer funds.

              Wyre Forest                The Committee on Climate Change Progress Report sets out the need to                                Noted. The LTP3 policies actively promote increased use of sustainable transport modes.
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             Friends of the   E - mail   reduce the overall distance travelled by car from 2010 if the UK is to achieve              Yes   Worcestershire County Council will continue to monitor the success of its approach using a
   14:13                                                                                                                  change
                  Earth                  the target in the Climate Change Bill. In the draft policy there are no                           scheme-by-scheme basis; however, setting overall targets in the current uncertain economic
                                         estimated annual reductions in CO2 from transport resulting from the                                                        and financial climate would not be appropriate.
                                         measures proposed in the draft. There needs to be policies which give a
                                         comparative advantage to sustainable travel modes leading to a reduction in
                                         car travel. Sustainable travel needs to be safer, quicker, cheaper and more
                                         convenient to produce a significant modal shift.

                                         WCC has had success in reducing carbon emissions and has won several
              Wyre Forest                awards for its achievements. It has been short listed in the Low Carbon
30/12/2010                                                                                                                    Climate
             Friends of the   E - mail   Council category awarded by the Local Government Chronicle. To continue                            Yes     Noted. Our approach is outlined in the LTP3 Transport and Climate Change Policy.
   14:13                                                                                                                      change
                  Earth                  this progress the council needs to focus on reducing carbon emissions from
                                         transport.

                                         Although 20mph zones are undoubtedly effective a better option is the
              Wyre Forest
30/12/2010                               implementation of a default 20mph limit in all residential areas. ‚Total 20’‛ is    Transport            Noted. The LTP3 Transport Safety Policy gives consideration to 20 mph limits and their
             Friends of the   E - mail                                                                                                      Yes
   14:13                                 an inexpensive and popular way to improve safety, reduce pollution and             Safety Policy                                             installation.
                  Earth
                                         encourage smarter travel choices. The benefits are:-

              Wyre Forest                Reduction in CO2 emissions and improved air quality. A study in Germany
30/12/2010                                                                                                                                        Noted. The LTP3 Transport Safety Policy gives consideration to 20 mph limits and their
             Friends of the   E - mail   showed that on average car drivers changed gear 12% less often, braked 14%                         Yes
   14:13                                                                                                                                                                              installation.
                  Earth                  less often and required 12% less fuel

              Wyre Forest
30/12/2010                               20 mph limits cost 50 times less than 20mph zones. In Portsmouth 20 mph                                  Noted. The LTP3 Transport Safety Policy gives consideration to 20 mph limits and their
             Friends of the   E - mail                                                                                                      Yes
   14:13                                 limits cost only £333 per street.                                                                                                            installation.
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              Wyre Forest
30/12/2010                               Traffic flow is improved because at 20 mph the gap between vehicles is                                   Noted. The LTP3 Transport Safety Policy gives consideration to 20 mph limits and their
             Friends of the   E - mail                                                                                                      Yes
   14:13                                 shortened.                                                                                                                                   installation.
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              Wyre Forest
30/12/2010                               Health improvements because of improved air quality and a shift to more                                  Noted. The LTP3 Transport Safety Policy gives consideration to 20 mph limits and their
             Friends of the   E - mail                                                                                                      Yes
   14:13                                 active modes of transport such as cycling and walking.                                                                                       installation.
                  Earth

              Wyre Forest
30/12/2010                               Better quality of life and reduced inequalities. Slower speeds benefit non-                              Noted. The LTP3 Transport Safety Policy gives consideration to 20 mph limits and their
             Friends of the   E - mail                                                                                                      Yes
   14:13                                 car users reducing noise and pollution.                                                                                                      installation.
                  Earth

                                         Self enforcing. Strong support from local communities and increasing police
                                         focus on community policing means that 20 mph limits can be enforced
              Wyre Forest
30/12/2010                               with a ‚light touch‛ Road users are more likely to respect 20 mph limits                                 Noted. The LTP3 Transport Safety Policy gives consideration to 20 mph limits and their
             Friends of the   E - mail                                                                                                      Yes
   14:13                                 because they have experienced the benefit of the lower limit in their own                                                                    installation.
                  Earth
                                         locality. 72% of drivers are reported to support 20 mph in residential areas
                                         (British Social Attitudes Survey 2005).

30/12/2010   Wyre Forest      E - mail   Twenty local authorities are now committed to 20 mph as the default speed                          Yes   Noted. The LTP3 Transport Safety Policy gives consideration to 20 mph limits and their
   14:13     Friends of the              limit for residential areas. Portsmouth is the local authority which has led                                                                   installation.
                  Earth                  the way in implementing 20 mph. Two years after implementation there has
                                         been a 22% reduction in road causalities.

                                         There is a lot of good policies in this document which if implemented will
                                         improve the experience of cyclists. The aim of increasing the number of
                                         cyclists is closely related to local road safety strategies. There should be a
              Wyre Forest                recognition that cyclists benefit from ‘safety in numbers’. The benefits of                          Noted. The LTP3 actively promotes the use of sustainable modes as part of a balanced and
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             Friends of the   E - mail   increased cycle use and improved road safety for cyclists and other road            Cycling   Yes       integrated multi-modal approach which recognises the roles of all transport modes in
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                  Earth                  users should be seen as entirely complimentary aims. The emphasis should                             supporting the economy and protecting and enhancing the environment and quality of life.
                                         be on tackling the fears which prevent people from cycling and not the
                                         negative approach that more cyclists will lead to an equivalent rise in
                                         causalities.

                                         We welcome the commitment in the Cycling Policy (C2) to consider
                                         Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs) at all signal junctions. More ASLs at signal
                                         junctions would improve the cyclists’ experience of riding on the public
                                         highway and increase safety. However this policy does conflict with how
                                                                                                                                              Noted. Worcestershire County Council will consider ASLs at all junctions, where installation
                                         the county council has acted over ASLs at the junction of Bewdley Road
                                                                                                                                              can be justified on need and safety grounds. Worcestershire County Council cannot commit
              Wyre Forest                and Sutton Road in Kidderminster. On one arm of the junction the depth of
30/12/2010                                                                                                                                     to install ASLs at all junctions in the county. However, where a local need is identified, they
             Friends of the   E - mail   the reservoir was reduced to below that set out in Transport Signs &                Cycling   Yes
   14:13                                                                                                                                     will be considered for implementation. The specific example to which you refer was removed
                  Earth                  Regulations, General Directions (2002). An ASL was removed from another
                                                                                                                                             as a result of a safety audit at the junction, which identified that the junction would be safer if
                                         arm of the junction. Wyre Forest Cycle Forum was consulted and made a
                                                                                                                                                                                the ASL were actually removed.
                                         case for leaving the ASLs as they were but despite this the changes were
                                         made. If WCC has a real commitment to this policy then ASLs must be
                                         installed to the current design standard and there should be a strong
                                         presumption against their removal.

                                         Because of funding restrictions and the need to enhance health, quality of
                                         life and deliver environmental benefits the LTP should give priority to
                                         Smarter Choices packages. There needs to be appropriate partnerships with                           Noted. The LTP3 contains a Smarter Choices Policy. Smarter Choices schemes are included for
              Wyre Forest
30/12/2010                               businesses, statutory agencies such as health trusts, and the third sector to       Smarter          a number of areas in the LTP3 Delivery Plans and as part of a balanced and integrated multi-
             Friends of the   E - mail                                                                                                 Yes
   14:13                                 help deliver Smarter Travel Choices packages. There will be a need for              Choices         modal approach which recognises the roles of all transport modes in supporting the economy
                  Earth
                                         complimentary small capital schemes such as 20 mph speed limits, cycle                                           and protecting and enhancing the environment and quality of life.
                                         parking and cycle priority measures which will enhance the benefits of STC
                                         partnerships.

                                         There are very few references in this policy to encouraging car clubs. When
                                         cars are made available near where people live, at their workplace or                                Noted. Worcestershire County Council trialled the use of Car Clubs in Worcester City. This
              Wyre Forest                through a car share scheme then those who join such schemes think                                     was unsuccessful and so a strong business case would be required to attract the necessary
30/12/2010                                                                                                                   Smarter
             Friends of the   E - mail   differently about how they make journeys. They tend to use public                             Yes    funding. However, Worcestershire County Council does have a successful car share scheme
   14:13                                                                                                                     Choices
                  Earth                  transport or walk and cycle more. It is not an anti-car measure but it is                             which we actively encourage employers to use through work place travel plans. (See LTP3
                                         effective in reducing car use. It can be an effective lever for local authorities                               Smarter Choices Policy and Development Control (Transport) Policy.)
                                         to manage car parking and use. The council should consider providing
                                         financial help to organisations to set up and run car clubs. This would good
                                         value for money in terms of the environmental and quality of life benefits.

                                                                                                                                               Noted. The LTP3 necessarily is a multimodal strategy, recognising the diverse needs and roles
                                         There is no mention in this policy about reducing car use by removing             Traffic and
              Wyre Forest                                                                                                                       of each transport mode and each segment of the travel market. A balanced and integrated
30/12/2010                               spaces and/or higher charges. More provision of park and ride schemes is            Parking
             Friends of the   E - mail                                                                                                   Yes     approach is required which recognises the roles of each mode of transport in supporting
   14:13                                 likely to encourage more car use when the aim should be to reduce road            Managemen
                  Earth                                                                                                                           agreed objectives, including supporting the economy and protecting and improving the
                                         traffic for reasons of energy security and climate change.                         t Policy
                                                                                                                                                                                       environment.

                                         The section on rail freight is superficial in its treatment of this key mode of
              Wyre Forest                                                                                                  Multimodal
30/12/2010                               sustainable freight transport. There is a need for freight road/rail
             Friends of the   E - mail                                                                                      Freight      Yes              Noted. This concept is considered in the LTP3 Strategic Delivery Plan.
   14:13                                 interchanges within the county to reduce the number of HGVs on the
                  Earth                                                                                                      Policy
                                         counties roads.

                                         With the reduction to the Bus Services Operators Grant and cuts in
                                         government funding for councils there will be pressure to cut services
                                         and/or raise fares. To offset this, the council should enter into more quality
                                                                                                                           Integrated
              Wyre Forest                partnerships or quality contracts with bus operators. The benefit of having a
30/12/2010                                                                                                                  Passenger            Noted. The Integrated Passenger Transport Policy makes reference to the importance of
             Friends of the   E - mail   single operator in a particular area is that services can be protected and fare                 Yes
   14:13                                                                                                                    Transport                          partnerships to improve the quality of passenger transport.
                  Earth                  increases controlled. The successful bus operator will get the maximum
                                                                                                                              Policy
                                         return from profitable routes reducing the pressure to raise fares. The
                                         council should negotiate contracts which will cover fares, frequency and
                                         vehicle quality.




                                         In the main document the Kidderminster Urban Package lists improvements
                                         to passenger transport interchange facilities in the town centre. The existing
                                         bus station is described as of poor quality and needing investment. Yet it is
                                         a new development completed in 2004 and the main problem is that it is
              Wyre Forest
30/12/2010                               underused. Only about half of bus services use the station because First Bus                           Noted. This issue will be addressed as part of the Kidderminster Town Centre Public Realm
             Friends of the   E - mail                                                                                                   Yes
   14:13                                 prefers to use bus stops in the town centre. The main dropping off and pick                                                   Enhancement Scheme in the LTP3 Delivery Plan.
                  Earth
                                         up point for many local services is now Exchange Street where the taxi rank
                                         is also situated. At peak times there can be congestion and increased air
                                         pollution as buses, taxis, and other vehicles compete for space. Resolving
                                         this problem should be a given high priority.
                                         This compendium of policies contains many of the measures that are
                                         necessary to move to a sustainable transport system which will significantly
              Wyre Forest                                                                                                         Noted. LTP3 necessarily is a multimodal strategy, recognising the diverse needs and roles of
30/12/2010                               reduce CO2 emissions and build in resilience to rising fossil fuel prices. This
             Friends of the   E - mail                                                                                     Yes      each transport mode and their ability to support the delivery of agreed outcomes, in
   14:13                                 will depend on which policies are emphasised. Transport packages which are
                  Earth                                                                                                                        particular those associated with the economy and environment.
                                         biased toward road building will only continue the unsustainable
                                         environmentally damaging policies of the past.


                                                                                                                                 Noted. Thank you for your insightful and useful comments. We agree with the majority of
                                                                                                                                 your points.

                                                                                                                                 Worcestershire County Council welcomes your support of the Development Control
                                                                                                                                 (Transport) Policy. It is clear that without substantial funding contributions from alternative
                                                                                                                                 sources, including the private sector, many of the schemes and packages identified in the LTP3
                                                                                                                                 Strategic Delivery Plan will not be deliverable. It is important, therefore, that new
                                                                                                                                 developments be accompanied with appropriate investment in transport infrastructure and
                                                                                                                                 services, such that the Worcestershire economy, environment and quality of life are not
                                                                                                                                 undermined. To help ensure this, the LTP3 is and will continue to be closely aligned with the
                                                                                                                                 emerging and relevant Local Development Plans and Core Strategies.

                                                                                                                                 We note and strongly agree with your comments regarding improving strategic road and rail
                                                                                                                                 links between South Worcestershire and the wider region and country and associated
                 South                                                                                                           international transport hubs such as Birmingham International Airport. Clearly, some elements
             Worcestershire                                                                                                      of the strategic transport network are outside of the control of Worcestershire County
              Authorities                                                                                                        Council. However, we will continue to work in partnership with organisations such as the
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                (South        Letter     The Full Letter is Provided in the Appendices to this Document.                   Yes   Highways Agency, Network Rail, the Department for Transport and Train Operating
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             Worcestershire                                                                                                      Companies to promote and develop schemes such as Worcestershire Parkway and
             Development                                                                                                         improvements to M5 Junction 6, which will help to improve connections between
                  Plan)                                                                                                          Worcestershire and the wider world. The support of the South Worcestershire Authorities for
                                                                                                                                 these and other schemes will be important in helping their development, funding and delivery.

                                                                                                                                 The LTP3 and its associated Delivery Plans is and will continue to be closely aligned with the
                                                                                                                                 economic, environmental, quality of life and planning policies and objectives of Local and
                                                                                                                                 National Governments. The LTP3 detailed Delivery Plans will be developed such that the
                                                                                                                                 packages of schemes taken forward have strong business cases and thereby represent value
                                                                                                                                 for money in terms of their ability to deliver against agreed objectives. The work undertaken
                                                                                                                                 to develop and appraise the Worcester Transport Strategy and associated Phase 1 Major
                                                                                                                                 Scheme Bid means that the components of the LTP3 Worcester Package are strongly
                                                                                                                                 evidenced based.

                                                                                                                                 We welcome your support for the major transport schemes in South Worcestershire
                                                                                                                                 (Evesham Abbey Bridge & Viaduct Replacement, Worcestershire Parkway and Worcester
                                                                                                                                 Transport Strategy Phase 1) and look forward to working with you in developing and
                                                                                                                                   implementing these schemes as funding becomes available.

                                                                                                                                   We would prefer to retain the City of Worcester urban package as is with the Worcestershire
                                                                                                                                   Parkway railway interchange being considered as a major and strategic county scheme with
                                                                                                                                   benefits that extend far beyond the city boundaries.

                                                                                                                                   We also note your comment about parking in Great Malvern however Worcestershire County
                                                                                                                                   Council must view this within the context of the other Worcestershire towns and taking
                                                                                                                                   account of on as well as off-street parking capacity, controls and pricing. Parking demand and
                                                                                                                                   capacity issues in Malvern, are recognised as an issue and will be considered as part of the
                                                                                                                                   LTP3 Great Malvern and Malvern Link packages. However, the scale of parking problems are
                                                                                                                                   different to those in some other urban areas, such as Worcester, Bromsgrove and
                                                                                                                                   Kidderminster, for example.




                                         This feedback relates mainly to the aspects of the Plan that relate to rural
                                         areas. The Plan refers to ‘rural packages’, but provides little detail of what is
                                                                                                                                      Noted - A scheme to consider options for rural passenger transport provision (including
                                         proposed. Public transport in rural areas is complicated by narrow roads,
                                                                                                                                    demand responsive transport) is incorporated in the LTP3 Delivery Plan. The current funding
              Chaddesley                 smaller and fragmented centres of population and, typically, fewer
30/12/2010                                                                                                                            situation will make it difficult in the short term to maintain and enhance bus services in
             Corbett Parish   E - mail   passengers per trip. Simply extending urban services into rural areas may not       Yes
   13:22                                                                                                                               Worcestershire. However, Worcestershire County Council will continue to work with
                Council                  be an appropriate, cost-effective or sustainable answer; something more
                                                                                                                                    operators and key stakeholders to make best use of limited funds to maintain and improve
                                         tailored may be needed, for example, smaller vehicles, with flexible or on-
                                                                                                                                                                               accessibility.
                                         demand scheduling. What has been learned from the Redditch Taxibus
                                         service?




                                         Perhaps the Plan also needs to consider how to connect the formal public
              Chaddesley
30/12/2010                               transport system with informal/volunteer services (e.g. Dial-a-Ride). Would               Noted - A scheme to consider options for rural passenger transport provision is incorporated
             Corbett Parish   E - mail                                                                                       Yes
   13:22                                 more funding to support these types of schemes be a better use of                                                         in the LTP3 Delivery Plan.
                Council
                                         resources than subsidising the rural bus routes with low passenger volumes?
                                           In our area, travel to School is still predominantly by car. Parents seem               Noted - The current funding situation will make it difficult in the short term to maintain and
              Chaddesley
30/12/2010                                 disinclined to ask for bus services, but might opt for public transport if they         enhance bus services in Worcestershire. However, Worcestershire County Council will
             Corbett Parish     E - mail                                                                                     Yes
   13:22                                   could see that an effective service was in place. Perhaps a more proactive              continue to work with operators and key stakeholders to make best use of limited funds to
                Council
                                           approach is needed, rather than waiting for visible demand from parents?                maintain and improve accessibility.




                                                                                                                                   Noted. Thank you for your comments. These will be taken into account whilst the Walking
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                Ramblers'                                                                                                          and Public Realm and Rights of Way documents are updated. We note your comments on our
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               Association                                                                                                         integrated delivery plan approach. We believe that a more integrated plan will deliver better
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                                                                                                                                   value for money for Worcestershire tax payers.



                                            LTP Structure: The main document is clear and succinct in setting out the
31/12/2010   English Heritage   E - mail   goals and objectives of the LTP and the supporting policies and the links to      Yes                                               Noted.
                                                                     the series of topic plans.

                                             LTP Objectives: We broadly support the proposed objectives for the LTP
                                           and particularly welcome the objectives on the environment and quality of
                                            life. With respect to the latter, we welcome the specific reference to the
31/12/2010   English Heritage   E - mail                                                                                     Yes                               Noted. The LTP3 text will be amended.
                                           historic environment and heritage assets. We suggest a minor amendment
                                              to the wording to better accord with PPS5 as follows: ‘… conserving our
                                                             historic environment and heritage assets’.

                                              Economic Objective: We welcome the positive link made between the
                                             economy and improvements to the public realm, including de-cluttering                     Noted. The LTP3 Transport Accessibility Policy actively encourages improvements to
                                           initiatives. We suggest that more prominence could be given to improving                  accessibility and increased travel choice as part of a balanced and integrated multi-modal
31/12/2010   English Heritage   E - mail                                                                                     Yes
                                            accessibility by sustainable transport modes to Worcestershire’s tourism                approach which recognises the roles of all transport modes in supporting the economy and
                                             attractions outside of the urban areas, given their role in supporting the                   protecting and enhancing the Worcestershire environment and quality of life.
                                                                     County’s visitor economy.

                                             Quality of Life Objective: Under this objective we recommend that an
                                           additional aim on quality design should be included to help deliver the main
31/12/2010   English Heritage   E - mail     objective. A commitment to the design and delivery of schemes which             Yes   Noted. Worcestershire County Council will seek to include these comments within the LTP3.
                                                respect the character and quality of the natural, built and historic
                                            environment would serve to support the objective and provide a positive
                                                framework of overarching design principles for future schemes and
                                                proposals. It would also provide the opportunity to include a link to
                                            improvements to the public realm which can contribute to quality of life as
                                             well as the economic viability of city centres as covered by the economic
                                             objective. As part of the aim on enhancing public engagement, we suggest
                                           that positively promoting the undertaking of community based street audits
                                             could further strengthen this aim. The Streets for All series of practitioner
                                                 advice notes, produced by English Heritage, includes a toolkit for a
                                              community based street audit together with other practical case studies.
                                                           www.helm.org.uk/server/show/category.19645

                                                Asset Management Objective: The range of highway assets linked to
                                                maintaining the transport network can include heritage assets, as for
                                           example, listed or scheduled bridges, linear features such canals and disused
                                             railway lines, and signage, street furniture etc. In developing maintenance
                                              programmes for the range of asset groups, it will be important that their
                                                potential heritage significance is recognized and taken into account.              Noted. Worcestershire County Council will seek to incorporate this within its Transport Asset
31/12/2010   English Heritage   E - mail                                                                                     Yes
                                           Staffordshire County Council’s guidance, Conservation within the Highway -                                       Management Plan in future iterations.
                                            Structures of Historic Importance, offers a good practice example of how
                                                this can be positively approached. We suggest that this approach to
                                              guidance could further help to deliver the aims under this objective and
                                            consideration given to producing a similar document individually or as part
                                                              of the Transport Asset Management Plan.

                                               ·     Worcestershire Transport Scheme Appraisal Framework: We
                                              recommend that the explanation in Table 1.10 for the Quality of Life
                                             Objective gives greater prominence to conserving and promoting the                       Noted. Worcestershire County Council will seek to incorporate this within its Scheme
31/12/2010   English Heritage   E - mail                                                                                     Yes
                                           enjoyment of the historic environment and heritage assets as per the main                                               Appraisal Framework.
                                                objective. As currently presented only the natural environment is
                                                                           mentioned.

                                           Delivery Programme: We generally welcome the prominence given to public
                                             realm improvements and decluttering exercises as part of the proposed
                                             investment packages for each of the broad area strategies. As these are
                                               progressively developed we would welcome the opportunity to offer
31/12/2010   English Heritage   E - mail        further comments, particularly where heritage assets are likely to be        Yes     Noted. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss proposals with you in more detail.
                                           impacted and proposals offer the potential to enhance the management or
                                              enjoyment of the historic environment. At this stage we cannot offer
                                                  comments on the list of possible major schemes without further
                                              information on their content and potential impacts on heritage assets.

                                           Policy W4 Public Realm: We recommend that the policy wording in the first
31/12/2010   English Heritage   E - mail       paragraph is amended to also refer to heritage assets, for example ‘...       Yes                                              Noted.
                                            conserving and enhancing landscape, townscape, biodiversity and heritage
                                                                              assets’.

                                            Policy W11 Street Furniture: We suggest the policy could more positively
                                           promote the undertaking of community based street audits to help inform
                                            de-cluttering exercises as well as proactively engage the community. We
31/12/2010   English Heritage   E - mail                                                                                    Yes                            Noted. The LTP3 will embrace this approach.
                                            also recommend that the policy gives greater emphasis on the design of
                                           new street furniture and ensuring that it respects the character of the local
                                                                                area.

                                           Policy W12 Paving Materials: We generally support the content of the policy
31/12/2010   English Heritage   E - mail                                                                                    Yes                                               Noted
                                                 and its consideration of local character and historic streetscapes

                                           An additional policy area where we suggest consideration could be given is
                                            the role of existing infrastructure such as canals and indeed urban rivers in
                                                                                                                                     Noted - The LTP3 will embrace this approach and will be referenced in the Walking and
31/12/2010   English Heritage   E - mail   encouraging walking and cycling. Successfully integrating their use with the     Yes
                                                                                                                                                                        Cycling Policies.
                                              wider townscape and area can be of value as already demonstrated by
                                                           improvements to the river area in Worcester.

                                            With regard to the SEA Environmental Report, we welcome the inclusion of
                                              our suggestions in response to the Scoping Report. The Environmental
31/12/2010   English Heritage   E - mail    Report provides a clear overview of the assessment process, the response        Yes                                               Noted
                                           to the consultations, and how the draft Strategy should be amended to take
                                                account of its findings. At this stage we have no further comments.

31/12/2010    Hereford and      E-Mail                        Please see Appendix for the full letter.                      Yes   Thank you for your detailed comments.
               Worcester
              Chamber of                                                                                                          We understand your frustrations about the lack of a Strategic Delivery Plan at the time of
               Commerce                                                                                                           writing of the draft LTP3. However, this has since been addressed following the subsequent
                                                                                                                                  clarification from Central Government of LTP3 funding. We also recognise your concerns that
                                                                                                                                  we were unable to provide printed copies of the documents. We have provided these in
                                                                                                                                  Adobe Acrobat format, which enables easy reading on screen, saving the costs of printing and
                                                                                                                                  dissemination. This is standard practice for Worcestershire County Council consultations of
                                                                                                                                  this nature.

                                                                                                                                  The quick win suggestion identified is welcomed. Worcestershire County Council will consider
                                                                                                                                  whether this might be adopted in the County to support congestion relief and economic
                                                                                                                                  growth.

                                                                                                                                  We are pleased to note your support for a planned approach to the management of traffic
                                                                                                                                  and parking in urban areas. Worcestershire County Council is keen to work with the Borough,
                                                                                                                                  City and District Councils and stakeholders in Worcestershire to develop a holistic, urban area
                                                                                                                                  specific approach which recognises local needs and balances the desire to park against
                                                                                                                                  economic activity and traffic flow requirements. In particular, we note your comments about
                                                                                                                                  retaining on-street parking in Market Towns. Worcestershire County Council has and will
                                                                                     continue to seek to do this when delivering public realm schemes in these areas.

                                                                                     Worcestershire County Council does not provide freight parking facilities; however, some of
                                                                                     the Borough, City and District Councils make their car parks available for overnight freight
                                                                                     parking. Worcestershire County Council would support any additional provision being
                                                                                     provided, however, we would suggest that this should be developed by the private sector as
                                                                                     commercial operations to meet identified demand.

                                                                                     Worcestershire County Council has invested heavily in innovative materials and processes to
31/12/2010   Hereford and   E-Mail     Please see Appendix for full letter           reduce the impacts of severe weather on our transport networks. New developments are now
              Worcester                                                              required to mitigate against the effects of flooding and we are changing the way we maintain
             Chamber of                                                              our highways to make them more resilient to extreme temperatures.
              Commerce
                                                                                     The assertion that new roads and transport schemes and services are the only measures likely
                                                                                     to bring about job creation and investment opportunities is not wholly supported by
                                                                                     Worcestershire County Council. Worcestershire already has a well developed transport
                                                                                     network. The private sector has considerable power to reduce congestion, by encouraging
                                                                                     staff to make use of the most appropriate transport mode for their journey to work and not
                                                                                     to be wholly reliant upon the car. Measures such as these help to manage traffic flows
                                                                                     (particularly during the peak periods), releasing highway capacity for use by consumers and
                                                                                     freight movements. Clearly, any new infrastructure must be paid for, and so continuing to
                                                                                     expand our networks will impose increased and ongoing maintenance costs, which must be
                                                                                     borne by the taxpayer. Making better use of existing infrastructure, conversely, will bring
                                                                                     about enhanced accessibility without increased costs.

31/12/2010    Redditch      Letter                                                   Noted. Thank you for your detailed response. We note your comments on the Worcestershire
             Borough and                                                               LEP. The LTP3 now includes additional information about the LEP and will continue to be
             Bromsgrove                                                               integrated with LEP objectives. Potential LEP-related funding streams (such as the Regional
               District                                                                Growth Fund) are and will continue to be investigated for those transport schemes which
               Councils              Please see Appendix for the full letter
                                                                                                       support the economic performance of Worcestershire.

                                                                                      Worcestershire County Council welcome the opportunity to continue to work closely with
                                                                                       Redditch Borough and Bromsgrove District Councils to assess the implications of increased
                                                                                       development in their respective areas and to ensure that schemes are integrated such that
                                                                               Yes      funding potential is maximised for the benefit of Worcestershire residents. It is clear that
                                                                                        without substantial funding contributions from alternative sources, including the private
                                                                                      sector, many of the schemes and packages identified in the LTP3 Strategic Delivery Plan will
                                                                                       not be deliverable in the short term. It is important, therefore, that new developments be
                                                                                      accompanied with appropriate investment in transport infrastructure and services, such that
                                                                                     the North East Worcestershire economy, environment and quality of life are not undermined.
                                                                                       To help ensure this, the LTP3 is and will continue to be closely aligned with your emerging
                                                                                                              Local Development Plans and Core Strategies.

                                                                                      We welcome the suggestion to more closely integrate the LTP3 policies and strategies with
                                                                                                                                                             your Local Development Frameworks,

                                                                                                                                       Worcestershire County Council notes the comments on Bus Lanes, however, the
                                                                                                                                       infrastructure in Redditch are actually designated as Bus Ways. That is to say, they
                                                               Please see Appendix for the full letter.                            have been designed from the outset for the exclusive use of buses, and not general traffic.
                                                                                                                                  The Redditch Bus Ways would therefore be exempted from any policy referring to Bus Lanes.

                                                                                                                                    Worcestershire County Council intends to roll out a smarter choices programme which will
                                                                                                                                   cover all areas of the county including North East Worcestershire. This will help to promote
                                                                                                                                  the provision of sustainable new developments and use of walk, cycle and passenger transport
                                                                                                                                   modes to help mitigate the impact on the highway network and the economy of generated
31/12/2010   Redditch           Letter                                                                                                                                    travel demand.
             Borough and
             Bromsgrove                                                                                                              We note your comments on buses however; Worcestershire County Council's ability to
             District                                                                                                              support bus services has been significantly reduced. As such, proposals for new bus services
             Councils                                                                                                               will require a commercially viable business case to enable delivery. Worcestershire County
                                                                                                                                  Council does not provide bus shelters at bus stops however, we look forward to working with
                                                                                                                                           district councils to find ways to maintain and enhance bus stop infrastructure.

                                                                                                                                   The LTP3 climate and change policy seeks to be compliant with the county climate change
                                                                                                                                  policy and as such is considered compliant with district strategies. Current guidance does not
                                                                                                                                                         require LTP3 to undergo a sustainability appraisal.

                                                                                                                                     The Bromsgrove and Redditch packages include measures to improve walk, cycle and
                                                                                                                                      passenger transport infrastructure. However, the delivery of these measures will be
                                                                                                                                  dependent upon funding, including from the private sector, through developer contributions.

                                               Following the meeting of the Council's Development Control (Policy)
                                            Committee on Tuesday 4 January I would be grateful if you could give due
                                             consideration to the following additional, to those submitted by Rebecca
                                            Mayman on 30 December 2010, representations. There is general support for                Noted - The LTP3 Strategic Delivery Plan incorporates specific mention of the need to
               Wychavon
31/12/2010                       E - mail    the additional comments made by Malvern Hills District Council's Planning      Yes    improve the performance of the Worcester Southern Link Road as part of the wider multi-
             District Council
                                                 Committee in particular in relation to the Southern Link Road and                                          modal Worcester Transport Strategy.
                                              Worcestershire Parkway. With respect to the former it is considered vital
                                             that capacity issues at the Whittington Road roundabout are addressed as
                                                                    soon as is practicably possible.

                                               Also it is recommended that the dualling of the Southern Link Road be
                                             included as one of the Major Schemes. There is also continuing support for
               Wychavon                        the North West Link Road at Worcester notwithstanding deliverability
31/12/2010                       E - mail   issues. There is strong support for the proposed relatively high weighting to   Yes    Noted. All schemes mentioned have been incorporated in the LTP3 Strategic Delivery Plan.
             District Council
                                             be given to those scheme/projects which support economic growth as the
                                            key objective in the emerging South Worcestershire Development Plan is to
                                                 foster economic prosperity. It is hoped that the weighting will help
                                          prioritise essential rather than desirable transport infrastructure delivery.

                                             Members advocate the inclusion of the Keytec Industrial Park/A44 Link
                                            Road, as set out in the Wychavon District Local Plan, especially given the
                                              serious capacity issues of the traffic lights junction at Pinvin and the
                                           likelihood of major housing development at Station Road and Wyre Road
                                          being allocated in the South Worcestershire Development Plan. The Local
               Wychavon
31/12/2010                      E-Mail    Plan also safeguards a number of railway lines, for example the Stratford to    Yes    Noted. All schemes mentioned have been incorporated in the LTP3 Strategic Delivery Plan.
             District Council
                                              Cheltenham Line or both enhanced rail use and cycling /walking and
                                              Members would like to see this set out in the Rural Package for South
                                          Worcestershire. With respect to the Droitwich Spa Package there is strong
                                         support for enhancements at the railway station and one of these should be
                                                                  increasing car parking capacity.

                                                                                                                                Noted. Thank you for your extensive and helpful comments. We will take these into account,
                                                                                                                                specifically in relation to our Strategic Environmental Assessment, the LTP3 main document,
31/12/2010   Natural England    Letter                      Please see Appendix for the full letter.                      Yes
                                                                                                                                 and the development control, transport and climate change, and transport and air quality
                                                                                                                                                                             policies.

                                                                                                                                Noted. Thank you for your extensive and helpful comments. We note your proposals and will
                                                                                                                                consider these in the development of future capital and maintenance package investments in
               Evesham
31/12/2010                      E-Mail                      Please see Appendix for the full letter.                      Yes   Evesham and surrounding areas. However it should be recognised that many of the proposals
             Cycling Forum
                                                                                                                                particularly those relating to the A46 could potentially be costly to deliver and challenging to
                                                                                                                                                                          implement.

                                                                                                                                    Thank you for your focussed comments. We note the issues you have raised wand will
              Alvechurch                                                                                                         consider these in the delivery of the North East Worcestershire transport strategy. We have
31/12/2010                      E-Mail                      Please see Appendix for the full letter.                      Yes
             Parish Council                                                                                                     included within the strategic delivery plan both the Bordesley by-pass (developer funded) and
                                                                                                                                     a corridor maintenance and enhancement scheme focused on the A441 and environs.
                                                                                                                         Signage - lack/ vandalism.
                                                                                                                      Maintenance - hedges, signs +
                                                                                         Safety risk of falling
                                                                                                                   ownership. Probation service could
                                                                                       objects from bridges -
                                                                                                                  maintain - volunteers. Publicise agree
                                                                                     solve it. Safety cameras -
                                                                                                                   healthy activity. Enforce farmers etc
                                                                                     A448 concern- issue over
                                                                                                                    to maintain theirs as part of their
                                                                                     the cameras there. There
                                                                                                                  subsidies etc. Green Lanes. Publicity -
   Junction One Bromsgrove.                                                            is a sign. Need outside
                                                                                                                    maps for Rights of Way for areas.
Congestion etc. (M42/ J1). Possibly                                                   schools, speeds may be
                                                                                                                      Ranges of volunteers. Engage
  use a wind farm as a solution,                                                        lowest around school
                                                                                                                         voluntary sector. Signs on
improve circulation. Not going to                                                    times. Visual speed signs
                                                                                                                       infrastructure for reporting.
      solve with by-passes.                                                           work better. Where are
                                                                                                                  Considered maintenance. Funding for
                                                                                      the fixed sped cameras?
                                                                                                                         schemes - concerns over
                                                                                          D.C. explained the
                                                                                                                  development. Cover over capacity of
                                                                                     process behind the West
                                                                                                                  roads NE of Redditch if development
                                                                                       Mercia Partnership and
                                                                                                                        proceeds. PB explained the
                                                                                                funding.
                                                                                                                   development infrastructure process
                                                                                                                         + contributions + funding.


                                                                                                                      Very supportive of Parish Paths
                                                                                                                    Partnership. Local knowledge very
                                                                                                                      valuable. Could path clearing be
                                                                                                                    combined with Lengthsman role?
                                                                                                                     Proactive Parishes could provide
                                                                                                                   service to neighbouring parishes as
                                                                                                                    active volunteer groups are key to
                                                                                                                         success. Use ROW to link
                                                                                                                   walking/cycling routes and upgrade
                                                                                                                     f/ways to b/ways where width is
                                                                                                                  sufficient to allow cycling where they
                                                                                                                   provide a link on the cycle network.


                                      Good traffic flow
                                                                                                                       Right of ways are a nuisance.
                                      at roundabouts.
                                                                                                                    Alleyways ASBOS. We need gating
   Look at engines in vehicles          Reduce street
                                                                                                                   alleys permanently closed. Make it
Whoosh Bus. Encouraging new car         furniture. Too
                                                                                                                       easier for gating alleys to be
purchasing. Electric car provision      much clutter.     Traffic signals. Barbour
                                                                                                                     introduced. Do not open up any
     power points. Offering            Road surface to        Road phasing.
                                                                                                                   more. Clear routes - well advertised
 alternatives plugged in places.       good standard.        Roundabout lane
                                                                                                                    but clear remedies where there's a
Lowesmoor / Sidbury stationary        Crossings. Better           marking.
                                                                                                                    problem. Don't discourage people
 traffic Look at signals SCOOT          quality - more
                                                                                                                  from walking but it's the abuse. It is a
            systems.                      expensive
                                                                                                                    design issue keep barriers and put
                                          materials/
                                                                                                                                 more up.
                                          products.
                                                                                                                      Simple information -
                                                                  Road markings to                                    plain English. Choose
                                                                    improve flows.                                 How You Move (CHYM)
                                                                    Street furniture                               worked well in Warndon.
To be considered from                                                                                                                                                                                         Warndon - safety public problem
                            W Worcester. Question Newtown             reduction is                                     Travel plans to be
    outset of planning                                                                                                                                                                                      ASBO problems. Consider closure of
                               Road. Vehicle design -low            supported. De-                                   stronger + monitored.
process. School parking                                                                                                                                                                                         R o Ways Gating orders - make
                                 emission. Mode shift to                 clutter                                   Schools& employment &
     provision costs.                                                                                                                                                                                       easier. Design/ lighting issues but not
                             Sustainable Modes. Private and         supported. Too      Congestion - SCOOT           retail. PT information -
 Influenced by parking                                                                                                                                                                                       a solution on own. Requires review.
                             public vehicles - low emissions,         many signs.      traffic control. Junction      colour coded routes.         Speed cameras - are
   standards & pricing.                                                                                                                                                                                     Particularly in terms of safety/ ASBO
                             possibly electric cars if they are      Infrastructure       design - amend to             Balance of info &        good at improving safety
Also linked with TRO's                                                                                                                                                                                           problems. Where new roads
                              affordable? Complication of           spend targeted        minimise queues.          infrastructure. Need to
in surrounding areas. Is                                                                                                                                                                                    considered, must be well designed to
                             measures - sustainable modes,         and to minimise                                   look in the benefits of
  important but linked                                                                                                                                                                                        design out the problems. A design
                             plugged in places. Need traffic           long-term                                            CHYM with
 with all other parts of                                                                                                                                                                                     issue? Not narrow & dark. Strategic
                               moving - SCOOT? Sidbury.              maintenance.                                         infrastructure
        the LTP3                                                                                                                                                                                                             issues.
                                                                    Consider whole                                       improvements.
                                                                  life costs. CAPEX.                                  Distribution of info is
                                                                         OPEX.                                     key. Website - PT info to
                                                                                                                      be more user friendly




                                                                                                                     Concern over written
                                                                                                                     time tables not being
                                                                                                                        "easily" available -
      Improve "Public                                                                                                 increase in font size.
  transport" systems to                                                                                                Older generation in           Whilst supporting
  school to reduce rush                                                                                            particular. Not everyone        "safety" initiatives we
       hour bus etc.                                                                                                 has a computer. Need         should look to increase
                                                                                                                                                                                 More emphasis on
     Promotion of car                                             Treatment of less                                for more comprehensive             speeds overall to
                                                                                                                                                                                footway condition.
   sharing. High priority                                            used routes                                     timetables. Not much         decrease journey times.
                                                                                                                                                                               Lower tolerances for
    should be given to                                              should not be                                  evidence of the "spares"      Keeps traffic flowing on
                                                                                                                                                                                 defects. Prioritise
 accessibility to general                                            overlooked.      Emphasis on the need           being available in the      principal roads network?
                                                                                                                                                                                walking schemes on
 health services in rural                                          Highlighting of  for good, cycling, walking       Hub + spares plan for        Road safety partnership
                                          All ok                                                                                                                             footfall. Greater visibility
 communities. Difficult                                              minor roads       and Public transport        buses. Only selected bus            needs to review
                                                                                                                                                                                 of programmes of
also to access hospitals                                           junctions from           facilities.               company/ times can          parameters and involve
                                                                                                                                                                              planned works. Enhance
  by bus (both patients                                              main roads                                     published tables should         members to identify
                                                                                                                                                                                "priority" of certain
and visitors) Adherence                                               should be                                       be all. Consideration         local issues. Reduce
                                                                                                                                                                                 routes i.e. housing
to "disability" access to                                            considered.                                      needs to be given to           "clutter" of signs is
                                                                                                                                                                                 estates to schools.
   vehicles. More short                                                                                              rural areas. I.e. central     important. Too much
 term spaces (restricted                                                                                            Wychavon even though         emphasis on vehicles not
to disabled) in shopping                                                                                            they may be costly. Are       cycles, pedestrians etc.
           areas.                                                                                                   we preventing cheaper
                                                                                                                         services by over
                                                                                                                          specifying bus
                                                                                                                          requirements?
                             St Georges Church to Hoobrook -
                                                                                                                                                                            Air quality important.
                               problem with volume of traffic.
                                                                                                                                                                                E.g... Horsefair in
                                Also problems at Welch Gate,
                                                                                                                                                                              Kidderminster and
                             Bewdley Stourport. Need to keep
                                                                                                                                               No support for 20 mph        Welchgate, Stourport.
                               traffic moving through Bewdley
                                                                                                                                             limits. Speed bumps very         LTP3 link with DC's
                               rather than stopping it. Change
                                                                                                                                                unpopular e.g... Local        plans/ policies e.g...
                               kerbs at island at top of by-pass    Question need
                                                                                                                                              referendum in Bewdley.     Bewdley, Kidderminster.
                             to get more traffic down by-pass.           for two
                                                                                                                                                Speed limits impose      Need to find out how to
                              Make turn to Hales Park. Expand          pedestrian
                                                                                                                                                 themselves outside      pedestrianise Stourport -
                             view of problem at Welch Gate to         crossings on
  Need but shelters in                                                                                                                       schools. Need to look at          encourage street
                               capture source of problems i.e...   Birmingham Road
rural areas - particularly                                                                                         Difficult to shop using          safety issues at       markets etc.? Need for
                                 Approaches. Need to reduce        near St George's
    through grants +                                                                     Stronger links with          public transport?         Wolverley - coaches          "conservation a read
                                  volume of traffic through        Church. One will
 particularly for elderly                                                                transport & vehicle       Different views. Need       mounting pavements.       policy e.g. to encourage     Support for proposals. Lots of good
                              Stourport. Need to put right turn        need to be
people. Need to look at                                                                 cleanliness fleet. Inch   data/ research re use of       Use more common            better street lighting + stuff. Need more info re Public Rights
                             into Lion Hill from Bridge Street +    removed when
mobile home parks and                                                                     contractors. More         public transport for      shared spaces as per on    other furniture style, also               of Ways
                                  York St. Change direction           new primary
 their transport needs                                                                     control needed.        shopping. Better public     continent. Better design     in Kiddermisnter. Some
                                priorities. Sainsbury's junction          school
    e.g... Little lakes,                                                                                            transport to shops.         preferable to speed       inappropriate signage in
                               Kidderminster - need review of      developed! Need
        Kingsford.                                                                                                                                limits. Fixed speed         Kidderminster Vicar
                             signage at major junction. Priority    to join planning
                                                                                                                                               camera's not effective        Street needs review.
                                 of junctions at Welch Gate.         e.g... Schools +
                                                                                                                                                people simply break      Need to look holistically
                                      Pollution issue from                  asset
                                                                                                                                                  when approaching           at solutions. Need to
                             Kidderminster to Blakedown - trial      development.
                                                                                                                                              camera. Activated signs       work very closely with
                              back at Land Oak junction due to
                                                                                                                                              better then fixed speed            DC's regarding
                              reduction of dual carriageway to
                                                                                                                                                       cameras.          development of policies
                             single lane. Need to open up dual
                                                                                                                                                                                  Wyre forest -
                               carriageway. Reduction of cross
                                                                                                                                                                                Kidderminster +
                               over's good. Cause of accidents,
                                                                                                                                                                                     Bewdley.
                                  road, and human error????
                                                                                                                                            RAIL - Do everything we
                                                                                                                                               can to encourage rail
                                                                                                                                            use. Access to stations is
                                                                                                                                                a problem. Problems
                                                                                                                                            getting between bus and
                                                                                                                                            rail interchange - no link.
                                                                                                                                            There is a barrier for new
                                                                                                                                            arrivals. Landscaping may
                                                                                                                                                   remove barriers.
                                                                                                                                                 Alvechurch have to
                                                                                                                                            encourage people to get
                            Concern that on road
                                                                                                                                               there. Enforcement a
                              paths go nowhere.
                                                                                                                                              parking @ Barnt Green.
                              Concern over TRO
                                                                                                                                              Affordable parking for
                         exemption not if they are
                                                                                                                                                rail stations. Parking
                         sharing the carriageway of                                                                                                                                                       Enforcement. Issue of residents
                                                                                                                                                   Policies of other
                             vehicles. Amsterdam                                                                                                                                                        parking outside peoples houses. In
                                                                                                                Waste of money. Change         organisations - Centro
                          anecdote - frightened of                                                                                                                                                     the centres they do not have their
                                                                                                                   the mindset, can be         etc. Work closer with
                               cycles, nightmare,      106 agreements - possible                                                                                                                       spaces. VF - explains complexity of
                                                                                                                  positive. Needs more       them. Price of parking +      Fuel efficient, small if
                            frightened of crossing      changes? Tighter working                                                                                                                        schemes. More residential parking
                                                                                                                details, time, If used well comparisons of other car      safe but they can be an
 Problems with town       road. Point that to locals    with Districts. Innovative                                                                                                                        schemes in residential streets in
                                                                                                                    and they can be a            parks. Talk to other       important mode of
    centre Redditch.       are used to it. How well          for raising funds.                                                                                                                       urban centres. Consult the residents.
                                                                                                                    fantastic resource.        partners. Bromsgrove        transport. Issues with
   Vehicles get stuck     are they used? Linking to      Developments will have         Hopwood for HGV                                                                                                   Enforcement resources. Parking
                                                                                                                   Needs resources to        Station - do it! Concern          rider behaviour.
under the bridge. How         work. 1% priority to     residents owning a car but    overnight parking. Issue                                                                                               around Stations. Charge £10
                                                                                                                 support them. Can we        over costs - please does      Redditch Ringway is in
would the consultation       cycling. Need to give            if the quality of         with lay-by +HGV                                                                                                 reasonable. Park and Ride (P+R) is
                                                                                                                  put them elsewhere?        it! BUS SHELTERS - New           issue of speeding
 work with the bridge       people respect on the        infrastructure is higher      parking. Not enough                                                                                            great in certain areas. P+R for people
                                                                                                                   Sensible use of the         ones with community          cycling. No problem
  removal scenario in     carriageway - change the      enough it will encourage         capacity. Serious                                                                                             going to Birmingham and parking in
                                                                                                                 money. No, mixed. Will input. Match fund WCC/            with it but road quality
Redditch? Ideas of the     ethos. Only do it where        people to walk. Cycle       requirement for HGV                                                                                                 rural areas. Cost effective - if an
                                                                                                                  they happen in B+R?           Borough funding on         is an issue. Encourage
  bridge, example of         people ask for it. The        Lane. Concern over           facilities etc. HGV                                                                                            integrated approach is taken. Issue
                                                                                                                Limited scope for use in          stops. Ownership               small engine
Burcott. Wants info on     infrastructure. Promote          wasting money on          facilities with BOSCH.                                                                                             that resident in Bromsgrove and
                                                                                                                B+R, but can be useful if clarifies. Praise for RTI - B    motorcycles but road
 the process, funding,         cycling to schools        infrastructure that isn't                                                                                                                          Redditch are paying for the
                                                                                                                  there is an accident -      + Redditch. Involve the      quality issue. OK with
     responsibility.        (Redditch) Priority for      used or linking + having                                                                                                                       Worcester P&R. Well worth while
                                                                                                                 diversion signs around           kids, less likely to     using small engines on
                           cycles at certain times -     paths which actually go                                                                                                                            using P&R. No P&R in north
                                                                                                                Bromsgrove. Flap signs - vandalise. BUS ROUTES -            bus lanes. Bus Lanes.
                           reward the community.                   places.                                                                                                                            Worcestershire. Need an integrated
                                                                                                                too manual, technology,          Review of Wythall
                              Congestion outside                                                                                                                                                       approach, wider view that investing
                                                                                                                       has benefits.           (subsidised) point out
                             schools and walking/                                                                                                                                                     in Worcester and P+R will give wider
                                                                                                                                                  the costs and low
                            cycling will reduce this                                                                                                                                                                   benefits.
                                                                                                                                            patronage, loss of the 69
                            promote independent.
                                                                                                                                                  + 50 A. Innovative
                            Concentrate on young
                                                                                                                                              materials on bus stops.
                         people to encourage older
                                                                                                                                                VFM.VEHICLES - Use
                                     people.
                                                                                                                                                smaller, accessible +
                                                                                                                                                  efficient vehicles.
                                                                                                                                                Concern over age of
                                                                                                                                            drivers (80+). BUS LANES
                                                                                                                                                - Fuel efficient taxi's
                                                                                                                                             Concern over bus lanes.
                                                                                                                                              Enforcement. Waste of
                                                                                                                                                road space. Wasting
                                                                                                                                              infrastructure with bus
                                                                                                                                              lanes and could add to
                                                                                                                                                      congestion.
                                                                                                                           Need a countywide bus
                                                                                                                           map. Improvements to
                                                                                            General opinion that ITS
                                                                                                                              basic information
                                                                                             is unnecessary expense,
                                                                                                                            provision are required
  Better fully connected                                      Concentrate on signage               though there was
                                                                                                                          before considering RTPI.
  routes and information                                      and preventing HGVs on        uncertainty over costs it
                                                                                                                              When service 363
 showing these for family             Policies are a bit          unsuitable routes.           is perceived as a very
                                                                                                                            changed timetable he
 cycling. Add information       contradictory e.g. develop     Supportive of work of          costly area. Improving                                      Scooter to work       Malvern Hills hasn't got CPE [Civil
                                                                                                                           was unable to get paper
  provision to policy list.         on existing transport     FQP. Concern over lorry        information provision is                                    scheme is valuable.   Parking Enforcement] and so there
                                                                                                                           copies from Passenger
 Cycle lanes need to start       networks but contribute      parking. Croft Rd is in an    important particularly in                                   Primary objective of      isn't the option to implement
                                                                                                                           Transport from date of
and end in sensible places.           to new facilities.         unsuitable location           providing meaningful                                  this policy should be to  residents parking schemes etc. P&R
                                                                                                                          change. Regular bus users
 Currently too piecemeal.         Concerned that to stick     bringing lorries into city      (real time/ up to date)                                     reduce casualties        will not work whilst there is
                                                                                                                            don't need timetables
Need to be more strategic         rigidly to policy 'reduce     unnecessarily. Similar            information for all                                 involving motorcycles.    cheap/free city centre long stay
                                                                                                                           but occasional users do
 with section 106 monies.            need to travel' will       situation occurring in           modes. Best use of                                      Against use of bus       parking in Worcester. Needs a
                                                                                                                          and simplified versions as
    Something similar to         impoverish rural areas as      Upton. Cattle market          existing equipment e.g.                                lanes. Concerned about strategic overview of parking pricing
                                                                                                                            these people provide
   THINK! BIKE campaign             there will be no rural    site identified years ago          validation of signal                                dangers of motorcycles to support carrot and stick approach
                                                                                                                           potential for increasing
aimed at better awareness          development it will be      but not gone forward.            control is important.                                       speeding and      to sustainable travel and P&R. Would
                                                                                                                          patronage. Bus operators
of cyclists on some of the        focused on urban areas        Raised concern over          Validation of SCOOT is                                    undertaking. Supports like to see a shared services approach
                                                                                                                              are not customer
  rural lanes with limited       alone. Economic growth           encouraging HGV                 important. Biggest                                     motorcycles in bus   to resolve district parking pricing and
                                                                                                                           focussed enough. Staff
visibility. Quiet lane status     should be spread across      operators moving from        problem for ITS is when                                             lanes               county transport strategy.
                                                                                                                               can be rude or ill
could help. Sweeping and           the county as a whole.       rural areas as this will      info is out of date e.g.
                                                                                                                           informed. Parkway has
 maintenance along cycle                                      have negative impact on       major delays at Junctions
                                                                                                                          been discussed for 30 yrs
    routes is important.                                            rural economy.          but drivers discover that
                                                                                                                             and is still no further
                                                                                             this is incorrect and ITS
                                                                                                                           along. This scheme is a
                                                                                                 loses all credibility.
                                                                                                                           priority for making real
                                                                                                                             difference in Worcs
      Making routes safer.
 Provision of cycles. Cycle
     routes not joined up.                                                                                                 Real time bus shelters.
                                                                Where is the lorry park
Cleaner markings on roads.                                                                                                    Promoting services.
                                                                going? Can it go to Six
      Enforcement. Cycle                                                                                                   Reliability. Bus passes.
                                                                ways or Cattle Market?
 lockers better facilities at                                                                                                Integrated ticketing.
                                                                 Look at practicality if                                                                                        Need to look at policy provision of
rail stations. Safe provision                                                                                              Integration with rail +
                                                                 routes in city centre.                                                                                            P+R are they in the right place?
   in City Centre. Look at                                                                                                  times need to link up
                                                              Signage. Clear signage for                                                                                          Parking policy - need to consider
    issue of stolen bikes -                                                                                                 (bus + rail) Review of
                                                               directions. Chaos where                                                                                             economics. People want come -
 open shelters. Encourage                                                                                                       where the buses
                                                                    lorries get stuck.       Signage for lorry parks.                                                          there a balance public realm - need a
      commuter cycling +                                                                                                        operate. Walking
                                                               Consolidation centres a      VMS - useful for non city                                                             vision. PR linked info car parking.
 schools. Clearer markings.                                                                                               distance to stops. 31 bus
                                                               good idea. Low emission        residents. Car parking                                                             Street meters - on Spetchley Road
 Bells. Cycling maps. Cycle                                                                                                    - May drink water.
                                                               zones. Move lorry park -       information on major                                                              for e.g. + around the hospital coach
       lanes are SAFE - V                                                                                                  Parkway - Rail decent
                                                                 need to be near M5.        works. Might need more                                                               parking overnight needs a review -
    important. Separation                                                                                                 parking. Park + Ride near
                                                                   Work with freight         VMS on way into city.                                                                involve visit Worcester. Bus Lane
     pedestrians + cycling                                                                                                  Parkway Station. Buy
                                                              industry to create policy.                                                                                        enforcement be careful. Worcester
      Separate. Cycle lane                                                                                                land at Shrub Hill. Halts
                                                                Water + rail freight. Re-                                                                                        city transport street does fit with
    discipline. Awareness.                                                                                                  should be promoted.
                                                                investigate Shrub Hill.                                                                                                      master plan.
      Footpaths are wide                                                                                                        Taxi for bus lane.
                                                                 Metal Box all for rail.
  enough. Put cycle lanes                                                                                                 Community transport is
                                                                 Canals have gone to
  where they will fit. Bells                                                                                              vital - works well as it is.
                                                                  leisure. Encouraging
  on bikes. Use with other                                                                                                Too many taxi's - need a
                                                              leisure - water buses etc.
modes - should be enough                                                                                                             review.
 space. New roads (shared
              use)
                                                                                                                                                         Real time information
                             Make dangerous sections                                                                                                        systems long term
                            safer - priorities. Cycle hire                                    Consultation. Parking                                        strategy. Promoting
                              (similar London?) Join up                                       outside city. Relocate                                     services (information)
                               network to fill in "gaps".                                   city parking. Partnership                                         reliability is key.
                                 Road markings to be                                             - agree. Continue.                                    Integrated ticketing. Co-
                                                                 Parking - Standards.
                              clearer both on and off-                                         Enforce freight bans.                                       ordinate Timetables
                                                               Adequate provision, off                                                                                                                               SCOOT. Planning (DC) Parking
                                road. Security - better                                      Signage edge of city to                                    (Rail/Bus and Bus/Bus).
                                                              road parking is provided.                                                                                                                        standards. Enforcement. Park & Ride.
                             facilities at stations in city                                 direct HGVs. Information                                    Bus routes - review. Bus
                                                                Commercial - Promote                                                                                                  WCC support lead to      Pricing must consider retail viability.
                                 and elsewhere. Open                                               - in advance of                                      stop locations (walking
 Bus services - process                                           sustainable toward                                                                                                   mode shift. Greater         Public Realm (pedestrianisation)
                                 shelters but lockable.                                     problems. Consolidation       VMS? If in place must be           distances) Worcs
 could be better more                                             strategic transport                                                                                                  M/C discipline M/C           important & linked to parking?
                             Cycle routes - well lit and                                     centre. Associated with       legible. Useful to non-      Parkway - agreed. Good
   user involvement.                                               infrastructure not                                                                                                  training. No priority          Review locations & charging
                                 signed. Information +                                         low emission zones.          residents. Car parking     parking + good PT links +
 Better procedure for                                         committed to "local" area                                                                                              over above status quo.    examined in the round. City Council
                                  promotion of cycle.                                          Freight parking must      information. Emergency/          Park + ride. Bus costs
  Passenger Transport                                          / district. Ensure aligned                                                                                            M/C parking within car       involvement. On street parking -
                               Schools - promoting of                                       have facilities. (near M5)     maintenance warnings.       reduced to enable PT to
       services &                                                   with travel plan.                                                                                                  parks. M/C lockers -    differential parking charges visitors/
                                    cycling. Safety is                                           Work with freight         Include on radials (all?)       be more attractive.
     Infrastructure.                                               Ombersley Road/                                                                                                   No. M/C safety on the       residents. Coach parking - review.
                               paramount for children                                             partnerships on                                          Shrub Hill / Sherriff
                                                               Barbourne Road parking                                                                                                strategic roads (A4440)   Better facilities. Look at pick-up/ set
                                   safety. Shared use                                        consolidation idea. Rail                                  Street development area
                                                              and walking. Role of Park                                                                                                                                down facilities / locations.
                                    footpaths where                                            fright good idea. Rail                                  - interchange. Rail halts -
                                                              & Ride? On-street parking                                                                                                                                 Enforcement of TRO's.
                                     infrastructure is                                        freight facilities Shrub                                   promote them. Good
                                                                     by commuters.
                              appropriate width. Bells                                      \Hill. Water/ canal - not                                      thing. Taxi's Review
                            safety. Education on cycle                                         a priority for freight.                                  numbers, use bus lanes?
                                facility use and driver                                         Leisure focuses not                                    Only if properly liveried.
                                  training. Wylds Lane                                                  freight.                                          Capacity issues? Too
                                       appropriate?                                                                                                    many? CT - vital. Keep as
                                                                                                                                                          it currently operates.
    Earlier member
    involvement in
consultation content to
                                                                                                                                                       We must make sure that                                   Park & Ride - is it good value? High
    ensure all their                                           Need to ensure swifter
                                                                                                                                                          the policy does not                                  capital costs, is there a good return,
concerns are addressed                                            adoption of new
                                                                                                                                                           exclude rural areas.                                  support the idea. "bravery" will be
   prior to published                                           developments. Ensure
                              Make sure that is we                                                                                                        Ensure co-ordinated                                  required to push some of this policy
consultation going out.                                        closer liaison between
                            provide cycle routes they                                                                                                  services are provided to                                   through - will we persevere. Will
  Comprehensive but                                              district + county to
                                    are safe.                                                                                                           ensure shorter journey                                    districts support policy? Parking
     cost affective                                           administer all aspects and
                                                                                                                                                       times. Prioritise services                               facilities should reflect the type of
consultation is required.                                         conditions within
                                                                                                                                                         rather than providing                                  town. Tourist towns require spaces
   More emphasis on                                                  permissions.
                                                                                                                                                             "nice to haves".                                  more than shopping/ business areas.
   consultation than
  showing how ell we
       have done.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Need to review parallel versus
                                                                                                                                                                                                herringbone parking bays in Bewdley,
                         Demand for cycle lanes -                                                                                                                                                Stourport etc. herring bone would
                        cost versus benefit? Canal        Sainsbury's staff in                                                                                                                   provide more parking! Need to be
                           towpath best used in        Kidderminster can't walk                                                                                                                 able to stop effectively & efficiently
                         Kidderminster. Choice of     to work from Franche due                                  Put electronic signs at     Cross ticketing needed.                               if highways to have most positive
                        locations for cycle routes.    to poor paths at Puxton                                   key bus stops with         E.g. one ticket for bus &                              impact. Look at West Bromwich
                                                                                     Need new motorway link
  Essential to liaise    Safety of chosen routes.      Marsh. Part of Stourport,                              service info. Give traffic    rail. Explained that one                            model for on street parking charges.
                                                                                      at Bromsgrove - would
closely with business   Cars parked on cycle lanes     adjacent the Gilgal, relief                            light priorities for buses.     already exists. Need      Support for proposals     Need for discussions with DC's re
                                                                                         help Wyre Forest
       sector.          where no off road parking.       road. Would be very                                  Integrate bus timetables            better info for                                charging structure & enforcement.
                                                                                            businesses.
                          Look into cycle hire at       helpful. New road from                                from different providers         Councillors and the                                    Encourage / support DC's to
                          stations establish pilot         sugar beat site to                                     - one stop shop!                    public.                                    introduce on street charges rather
                            scheme? Set up in          Hoobrook would be very                                                                                                                    than WCC do. Look at more use of
                         partnership with business               useful.                                                                                                                             SVR between Kidderminster &
                        in Worcestershire BOSCH                                                                                                                                                     Bewdley. Problems with lack of
                                                                                                                                                                                                coach parks need to link with freight
                                                                                                                                                                                                    parking, Stourport Bewdley etc.
                                                    Wyre Forest District Responses to LTP3
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                                           Officer Comments for Cabinet Approval 10 January 2011

   Document and            Page                                                               Issue
      Section
The Third               Page 12      Inconsistency between the LTP3 Economic Aim „‟To enhance footfall in Worcestershire‟s town and city centres, by
Worcestershire Local                 improving the public realm through resurfacing, regenerating, renewing and de-cluttering our public spaces, and
Transport Plan (LTP3)                ensuring that use of parking capacity is optimised‟‟ and the first bullet point under this objective which relates to
                                     strategic traffic and parking management plans which cover entire urban areas. . The holistic nature of this doesn‟t
                                     seem totally consistent with the aim itself which as written relates only to town and city centres. Furthermore any
                                     review will need to be undertaken in partnership with car parking operators including District Council‟s and private
                                     sector operators. However, Wyre Forest District LDF Core Strategy is consistent with the broad requirements of the
                                     aim.
                                      st
The Third               Page 16      1 Environmental Aim: Suggest that this is caveated to recognise that whilst new road infrastructure should be
Worcestershire Local                 planned to minimise transport noise it may inevitably bring transport noise which does not currently exist.
Transport Plan (LTP3)
The Third               Page 19-21   The overall thrust of this Public Health and Safety objective is to be welcomed and supported. However, it has
Worcestershire Local                 historically been used to support outdated design standards that are often without scientific foundation. The latest
Transport Plan (LTP3)                government design guidelines in the form of Manual for Streets illustrate a more creative design approach within
                                     urban areas. Similarly, this argument needs to be balanced when considering inter-urban highways with the need to
                                     maximise the efficiency of movement particularly in the context of strategic routes to markets e.g. the A456 and
                                     A449
The Third                            The aims and objective of the LTP3 are in broad alignment with those set out in the Wyre Forest District Local
Worcestershire Local                 Development Framework, particular in respect of environment, design emphasis and economic regeneration.
Transport Plan (LTP3)
The Third               Page 35      From a Wyre Forest District Council perspective it is noteworthy that LTP3 contains a proposal to wait until
Worcestershire Local                 confirmation of funding before producing the first „Delivery Plan‟. This could introduce a significant element of
Transport Plan (LTP3)                uncertainty for the Wyre Forest District Local Development Framework and in particular could have an adverse
                                     impact on the preparation of the site specific Development Plan Documents. Whilst there are significant
                                     uncertainties in the current climate, there are a number of potential delivery mechanisms and funding opportunities
                                     and a draft, or indicative, delivery plan should be produced in order to illustrate how the LTP may be implemented.
                                     Otherwise the LTP3 seems to be a wish list without any foundation. This does not bode well for forward planning
                                     purposes and provides insufficient certainty.
The Third               Page 34      In terms of environment issues, the LTP3 makes a sweeping comment about “urban areas becoming more
Worcestershire Local                 attractive”. This observation may apply to the more „attractive‟ Worcestershire urban areas. However, the design of
Transport Plan (LTP3)                streets as spaces within Wyre Forest District urban areas often leaves much to be desired and serves to undermine
                                     the attractiveness of the urban areas.
The Third               Page 31-37   Other than the above comments the identified issues and options are broadly supported.
Worcestershire Local
Transport Plan (LTP3)
– Issues and
Challenges
The Third               Page 35-40   Whilst there is a section entitled “delivering the plan and prioritising schemes”, there is concern at the lack of a more
Worcestershire Local                 specific (short to medium term) delivery plan. The challenges of developing such a plan are recognised i.e. the
Transport Plan (LTP3)                uncertainties of funding. It is considered that the delivery planning elements of the LTP3 should look to be more
– Delivering the Plan                detailed where possible. At present there is only a strategic context to delivery. However, Worcestershire County
and Prioritising the                 Council can provide varying degrees of certainty on particular schemes through prioritisation and indicating likely
Schemes                              funding sources and options for specific schemes. The authority can also explain its intentions and timeframes for
                                     developing specific proposals. The section sets out objectives and weightings for prioritisation which are generally
                                     supported. It is understandable that the maximum weighting is given to costs and funding which places the
                                     emphasis on schemes which can be funded from sources other than Worcestershire County Council. Whilst this is
                                     understood, it may be appropriate to put the emphasis on partnership schemes which bring in significant match
                                     funding i.e. schemes that can make the limited amount of Worcestershire County Council funding go further. There
                                     is specific mention of a sample scheme to introduce kerbs in order to reduce edge of carriageway pot holes which
                                     sounds expensive.
The Third               Page 45      The ‘Delivery Programme’ (from page 45) is presented in a series of packages. This approach is supported.
Worcestershire Local    onwards      However, as mentioned above the approach outlined is purely strategic. The argument for this is the current
Transport Plan (LTP3)                uncertainty over funding. However, there are known funding sources emerging including Tax Incremental Funding
– Delivery Programme                 and Regional Growth Fund. It would also be helpful for Worcestershire County Council to highlight priority schemes
                                     and consider a range of delivery mechanism and likely scenarios for scheme delivery. The lack of any greater levels
                                     of certainty in respect of commitment to specific schemes could serve to undermine the Wyre Forest District Local
                                     Development Framework.
The Third               Page 57-61   Wyre Forest District Council support the inclusion of the Wyre Forest Transport Strategy which includes The
Worcestershire Local                 Kidderminster Urban Package, The Stourport-on-Severn Urban Package, The Bewdley Urban Package and The
Transport Plan (LTP3)                Wyre Forest Rural Package. The proposals set out here, particularly the Major Scheme Bid for the Hoo Brook Link
– Delivery Programme                 Road It is acknowledged that these schemes are „‟being considered for inclusion‟‟ and as such, the Council would
                                     strongly support the inclusion of the Kidderminster Urban Package within the Final LTP3. The Kidderminster Urban
                                     Package is considered to be essential in achieving the vision, and implementing the policies set out within the
                                     District‟s Core Strategy DPD.

                                     It is concerning to note that there is no mention of the Stourport Relief Road within LTP3. The route has been
                                     safeguarded through the District Council‟s Core Strategy DPD, and this was supported by the County Council at the
                                     recent Examination in Public. It is felt that LTP3 could be better aligned with the Core Strategy given the weight that
                                     the document now has.
The Third               Page 57      Suggest re-wording as follows:
Worcestershire Local
Transport Plan (LTP3)                The ancient Wyre Forest, from which the District takes its name, can be found to the west of the area. To the North
– Wyre Forest Area                   and East the District is largely rural, interspersed with the villages of Fairfield, Cookley , Blakedown and Wilden and
Profile                              a number of rural settlements, the largest of these being Wolverley and Chaddesley Corbett. (This change is to
                                     bring the profile in line with the settlement hierarchy set out within policy DS01 of the Core Strategy DPD).

                                     The District does not benefit from local access to the motorway network, however, despite this the area has good
                                     connections to the Black Country and wider West Midlands Conurbation to the north, and Worcester to the South,
                                     provided by the local Principal Road Network…….‟‟

                                     There are congestion issues on Kidderminster Ring Road and its approaches, the A451 Stourport Road, and the
                                       A448 between Kidderminster and Bromsgrove.

                                       Unfortunately, there are two Air Quality Management Areas in the Wyre Forest District…..

                                       There is a bus station in the centre of Kidderminster, however, this is poorly located and as a result, underused.
                                       Investment will be required……

                                       Wyre Forest District Council recently adopted its Core Strategy, which set out a long-term approach to land use
                                       planning in the District. The main theme of the document is regeneration, with the majority of the District‟s future
                                       growth, up until 2026, to be delivered on brown field sites. The launch of the „ReWyre‟ project for Kidderminster
                                       reflects the aspirations of the Core Strategy for regeneration and growth, focussing on the regeneration of
                                       Kidderminster Town Centre (including Churchfields and the Stourport Road Employment Corridor).
The Third               Page 60        Amend:
Worcestershire Local
Transport Plan (LTP3)                  Schemes to improve access to key services and facilities for those that do not have access to a car.
– The Wyre Forest
Rural Package
Omission                               Reintroduce sections of dual carriageway on the A449 and A456. These roads have both been reduced to single
                                       carriageway routes without consultation with the District Council. This has reduced the efficiency and capacity of
                                       these critical links and it is suggested that these works serve to further undermine the local economy. Although it is
                                       recognised that these works were designed to address safety concerns, it is unclear why alternative options were
                                       not considered.
Traffic and Parking     Page 6         Paragraph 2.2.2 suggests a Pricing Review to identify the current charges for existing parking capacity and will
Management Policy                      recommend future pricing policies. Wyre Forest has recently undertaken this exercise and it is considered that this
                                       should remain a function of the District Council.
Multimodal Freight      Page 13        The Council would question whether Kidderminster and Stourport-on-Severn are large enough to make Freight
Policy                                 Consolidation Centres viable.
Development Control     All policies   Consider that the policies within this document should be revised to include thresholds at which they become
(Transport) Policy                     applicable. It is considered that the extent and volume of information being requested would not be justifiable for
                                       modest development proposals and therefore some form of threshold should be clarified.
Development Control     Policy DC1     Raise question over how new development can „‟seek to reduce the length of trips‟‟.
                          th
(Transport) Policy      (4 bullet
                        point)
Development Control     Policy DC3     Consider that a clear definition of cluster sites should be included.
(Transport) Policy
Development Control     Para 2.4.2     Clarification as to how the requirements in this paragraph would work in practice would be welcomed.
(Transport) Policy
Development Control     Policy DC7     This talks about a 20 year business case. Is this realistic given the current economic climate?
                          rd
(Transport) Policy      (3 bullet
                        point)
Draft Worcestershire Local Transport Plan 3:
Response from South Worcestershire Authorities – Worcester City
Council, Malvern Hills District Council and Wychavon District Council

Page/Paragraph Number Response
Draft Local Transport Plan 3
LTP3 Objectives (Pages     General support for the 6 LTP3 Objectives. In particular
5&6)                       we support the economic objective, which will be
                           strongly reflected in the emerging South Worcestershire
                           Development Plan. The three South Worcestershire
                           authorities have clearly stated that the development
                           plan should be economic prosperity led.

                            If economic growth really is the main priority then it is
                            considered that there should be more detail set out in
                            the objectives about improving links with the rest of the
                            Country and the world via links with Birmingham Airport.
                            Worcestershire will not attract inward investment without
                            better and more direct links to major urban areas.

Page 5 – first paragraph    On a point of detail, should this read:
Worcestershire LTP3         “In accordance with the National and Local objectives, a
Objectives                  series of local transport-specific objectives have been
                            identified for the Worcestershire LTP3.”?
Page 10 – Worcestershire    Concerned that this appears to have formed the sole
County Economic             basis for targeting investment in Worcestershire’s
Assessment                  transport networks. The Economic Assessment
                            identifies the Public Sector as the largest economy in
                            Worcestershire at 26.3%. This is unlikely to continue to
                            be the case following the Comprehensive Spending
                            Review.
LTP3 Economic Aim: To       Strong support for the first bullet point to prioritise
improve journey time        limited funding towards investment in the transport
reliability and network     infrastructure and services in the busiest/most used
efficiency (Page 13)        transport corridors. The Worcestershire LEP
                            Submission placed a very strong emphasis on the need
                            for infrastructure provision to support the local economy.
                            Links must be improved to the motorway network
                            around Worcester to resolve issues of unreliability.

                            We would also suggest that policy relating to improved
                            lorry parking facilities across the County should be more
                            explicitly referred to under this aim.
Page 22 – LTP3 Public       Only “considering the imposition of 20mph zones” when
Health & Safety Aim         the criteria set out apply sounds very much like an aim
                            which may well not be implemented. We suggest this
                            should read “Implement 20mph zones in residential
                            areas where…”
Page 29 – Asset             Should read “LTP3 Asset Management Objective”
Management Objective
Table 1.8
Page 31 – Table 1.9         Note the reference to the inclusion of a detailed delivery
Issues and Challenges       plan within the first row. We would expect to see more


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                           detail on this in 2011.

                           The South Worcestershire Authorities wish to
                           emphasise that the provision of transport infrastructure
                           is a key objective for the South Worcestershire
                           Development Plan. This is crucial to improving the
                           economic prosperity of the area.
Page 31 – Table 1.9        Note the reference to the ability for delivery partners to
Issues and Challenges      contribute towards objectives under the second row.
                           The challenge specifies “that where schemes are
                           promoted which require additional funding they will be
                           required to prove that funding is available and in place
                           in order to be included in the LTP3” This is a key
                           concern and may prove to be very restrictive given the
                           implications arising from the Comprehensive Spending
                           Review. Difficulties will be compounded as the
                           Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was
                           not included in the initial round of LEPS approved by
                           Government.
Page 32 - Table 1.9        Note the reference to the Development Control Policy.
Issues and Challenges      Support for a more robust approach to ensuring that
                           developers contribute towards delivery and
                           maintenance of transport infrastructure.
Page 33 - Table 1.9        Concern that accessibility for the ageing population will
Issues and Challenges      become a real problem across South Worcestershire
                           during the plan period due to funding cuts in rural bus
                           services. Note that the emphasis is on “seeking to
                           maximise accessibility to essential services and
                           facilities, within the constraints of available funding
                           and demand to travel.”
Page 36 – Objectives for   Note the reference to “improve connections to national
Prioritisation             and international transport networks (regional, rail,
                           motorways and airports) under The Quality of Life
                           Objective. This is the first real reference to improving
                           Worcestershire’s connections on a national scale and is
                           crucially important to the local economy. It would
                           therefore seem more appropriate for this to be included
                           under the Economic Objective.
Page 37 – Figure 1.3       It is noted that the Objectives have been weighted by
Results of Objective       the County Council. It is considered that perhaps these
Weighting Exercise         should have been subject to wider stakeholder input
                           during Stage 1 of the Consultation process. We would
                           also suggest that as a minimum the weighting exercise
                           needs to be re-run every three years in advance of
                           drawing up each funding/delivery round.
Page 38 – Scheme Input     It is considered that in the interests of transparency it
and Prioritisation         would be useful for WCC to publish those transport
                           related issues that were highlighted by the Councillors in
                           their constituencies. Issue identification could have been
                           published alongside the LTP3, as it would not commit
                           WCC to implementing the schemes at this stage.
                           Perhaps these could have been included in the
                           essential references document, paragraph 3.4.3 of this



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                           document refers to the fact that transport related issues
                           have been “collated by area”, but does not actually
                           outline them.
Page 45 – The Major        Support for the major schemes listed in particular:
Schemes                        - Evesham Abbey Bridge & Viaduct Replacement
                               - Worcester Transport Strategy – Phase 1
                               - Worcestershire Parkway Interchange
Page 45 – The Packaged     Support for the grouping of transport schemes together
Approach to Delivery       as packages of investment to deliver greater benefits
                           and increase the business case for investment.

                           LTP 3 should recognise that even within the packages
                           there will be strategic priorities for Worcestershire as a
                           whole, such as Worcestershire Transport Strategy 1.
Pages 50-55 – South        Support for the South Worcestershire Transport
Worcestershire Transport   Strategy and the packages it includes. However, we
Strategy                   would expect to see more detail under each package
                           during 2011. The detail underpinning the delivery and
                           action plans for South Worcestershire will be particularly
                           important to understanding how much in practical terms
                           growth and transportation can be brought together. This
                           will need to be developed in time for the LTP3
                           Submission.

                           It must be emphasised that transport infrastructure has
                           been highlighted as a key objective for the emerging
                           South Worcestershire Development Plan. We strongly
                           urge WCC to work with the South Worcestershire
                           Authorities to formulate a strategic response on a
                           timetable compatible with both the LTP3 Submission
                           and the preparation of the South Worcestershire
                           Development Plan Preferred Option and its associated
                           Infrastructure Development Plan

Pages 51-52- Transport     Lack of Infrastructure Provision across South
Achievements in South      Worcestershire and particularly within Worcester itself is
Worcestershire             likely to be a significant inhibitor to economic growth and
                           the delivery of future development.

Page 52 – Transport        It is noted that the draft document cannot point to any
challenges in South        significant transport achievements within the Malvern
Worcs                      Hills District.

                           On a point of detail the last sentence of this paragraph
                           should read:
                           “In South Worcestershire, transport improvements will
                           be grouped into five packages”

                           Under the list of packages consider that the final point
                           “Maintaining the availability of limited river crossings in
                           South Worcestershire” should be moved further up the
                           list. This is very important to the future planning for
                           South Worcestershire and to its local economy. In



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                           particular, LTP3 will need to address the strategic
                           constraint represented by Holt Fleet Bridge and its
                           importance to the rural economy to the West.
Pages 53-55 – transport    Welcome the inclusion of town-specific packages for
packages                   Upton-Upon-Severn and Tenbury Wells. However, due
                           to flood risk it is essential that any public realm
                           enhancements are considered alongside the potential
                           for increased flood risk and surface run-off.

Page 53 – City of          Strong support for the delivery of Worcestershire
Worcester Urban Package    Parkway Rail Interchange to provide direct access to the
                           strategic rail network in South Worcestershire.

                           Strong support for the Southern Link Road junction
                           upgrades to reduce congestion on this key route for
                           local and strategic traffic. This is also extremely
                           important to facilitate the movement of goods vehicle
                           traffic to support the local economy.

                           Consider that the City of Worcester Urban Package
                           should be re-named “City of Worcester” as the schemes
                           included are not specifically urban. For example, the
                           Worcester Parkway Rail Interchange will involve works
                           beyond the city itself.

                           We would also seek further clarity on the reference to
                           rail station improvements with at least two stations
                           within the area to be enhanced with improved facilities
                           and access modes. There are only two rail stations
                           within the City itself.

Page 54 – Upton-Upon-      Under the second bullet point – public realm
Severn Urban Package       enhancements – should “Old” actually read “Upton-
                           Upon-Severn”?

                           Suggest that the package also includes the
                           enhancement of accessibility at the Upton Bridge area
                           and considers redesignating the B4211 as an A road.


Page 54 – Great Malvern  Support for the proposals to enhance Malvern Link
Urban Package            Railway Station to improve the quality of facilities.
                         Support for the role of Malvern Link as a Park and Ride
                         facility as this will help to address commuter traffic
                         levels along the A449.
Development Control (Transport) Policy
Page 1 – Para 1.1.2      Strong support for the recognition that significant
                         investment will be required in Worcestershire’s transport
                         infrastructure and services. Recognise that contributions
                         from the private sector are essential if new
                         developments are to be provided with multi modal
                         infrastructure and services.
Page 4 – Para 1.4.1      Note and support the specific objectives for



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Page/Paragraph Number       Response
                            development control and land use planning policy.
Page 10 – Policy DC.4       Support maximising the use of existing transport
                            infrastructure and services but it must be recognised
                            that new infrastructure will be required within the South
                            Worcestershire area to support its economic prosperity.
Page 11 – Paras 2.4.1-      Strong support for an evidence based approach
2.4.2                       supporting planning applications to ensure that all new
                            developments in South Worcestershire are provided
                            with transport infrastructure to deliver sustainable
                            growth.
Pages 13-14 – Policy        Recommend that wording should be incorporated into
DC.8 Developer              either the policy or the background paragraphs to
Contributions for transport acknowledge the likelihood of a forthcoming Community
infrastructure and          Infrastructure Levy (CiL) and that policy will need to be
services.                   set through Local Development Frameworks to adopt a
                            CiL and set out mechanisms for pooling of resources to
                            provide strategic transport infrastructure.
Integrated Passenger Transport Policy
Page 4                      Support for the 3rd bullet point and the recognition that
                            passenger transport is economically important in terms
                            of reducing congestion, particularly along key inter-
                            urban corridors and to/from/within congested urban
                            areas, this requires that it provides a realistic transport
                            choice for car users.
Page 32 – Policy IPT10 – In delivering this policy, it is recommended that
Delivering an affordable    Worcestershire County Council should consider
and value for money         implementing streamlined bus services that are
passenger transport         rationalised based on demand and usage. It is noted
network                     that there are still many empty buses running regularly
                            which would be better used on alternative routes.
Traffic and Parking Management Policy
Page 2 – Table 1.1          Note and support the recognition that parking measures
                            should be sensitively designed using an area based
                            strategic approach to increase economic activity and
                            enhance the performance and viability of urban and
                            rural economies by making them accessible and
                            attractive foci for investment.
                            An element of flexibility should also be retained in the
                            cost of parking due to the lack of alternative, affordable
                            and reliable public transport choices within South
                            Worcestershire, particularly within the rural areas.
Page 4 – Para 1.4.1         Support for the specific objectives but would wish to see
                            another objective included which recognises the need to
                            regenerate urban centres and ensure they remain
                            attractive.
Page 6 – Para 2.2           Note that Worcester and Evesham have been identified
Strategic Management of     as urban areas where parking has been identified as a
Traffic and Parking Issues major area of concern. Would suggest that the car
                            parking pricing review and recommendation of future
                            pricing policies needs to fully consider the economic
                            vitality of these areas.

                             Concern that Great Malvern has not been identified as



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Page/Paragraph Number  Response
                       an urban area within South Worcestershire where
                       parking is a major concern. Both traders and residents
                       of the town have complained of the shortfall in off-street
                       car parking, particularly in the upper part of town off the
                       Worcester Road and behind Belle Vue Without better
                       parking provision and supervision the economic well
                       being of retail traders in Great Malvern is under threat.
Transport Asset Management Plan
                       General comment that savings could be made across
                       Worcestershire from switching street lights off in areas
                       which are not located at major road junctions during
                       non-peak hours.




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Date:    7 January 2011
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Draft Worcestershire Local Transport Plan Strategy 2011-2026

European Directive 2001/42/EC (the SEA Directive)

Thank you for your consultation on the above, which was received by Natural England in October
2010. Thank you for allowing us extra time to respond.

Natural England is a non-departmental public body. Our statutory purpose is to ensure that the
natural environment is conserved, enhanced, and managed for the benefit of present and future
generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development.

Natural England’s starting position on transport

Natural England’s views on the LTP3 start with our position on transport. Our positions are
available online via: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/position/positions/default.aspx.

We acknowledge the over-arching messages set out in your consultation covering letter, namely the
LTP3’s objectives and the County Council’s views on ‘Does transport matter for the performance of
the Worcestershire economy?’. Natural England’s views on the points the Council has made under
these headings are fundamentally rooted in the following beliefs:

       Current transport trends cannot be sustained without damaging the natural environment and
       people’s quality of life.
       Transport policy should aim to deliver net environmental gain and, in so doing, ensure that
       the delivery of economic and societal benefit is not at the expense of the natural
       environment.
       A fundamental cultural shift in the way society views mobility is urgently needed.
       Transport investment should focus on managing demand and prioritising environmentally
       sustainable, low carbon modes and technologies.
       All types of transport should cover the full costs of the damage they incur on the natural
       environment and of their emissions.
       Transport must ensure the highest levels of protection and enhancement for England’s
       protected landscapes, habitats, sites and species and that protected areas should become
       exemplars of environmentally sustainable transport networks.


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Our guidance document entitled ‘Guidance on Local Transport Plans and the Natural Environment’
provides advice to local transport authorities on how they might achieve prioritisation and protection
of the natural environment in the development and implementation of their LTPs. It is also intended
to provide an early and clear indication of what Natural England will be looking for when responding
to LTP consultations. I have provided this guidance document along with this consultation response
for your information.

Consultation format
The LTP3 consultation’s structure, comprising a whole raft of electronic documents, does not make
for a straightforward task in terms of defining key points on which to focus and respond.
Unfortunately this is compounded by a feedback form that offers no indication of, or structure
relating to, the points on which the County Council seeks feedback. This results in a consultation
that is difficult to get to grips with and raises a question over whether the County Council are
genuinely seeking the views of stakeholders, partners and the wider public.

Natural England has focused its attention on the SEA and HRA elements of the process together
with the LTP3 Main Document and the following three policy areas in the LTP3:

        Development control (transport)
        Transport and air quality
        Transport and climate change,


Habitat Regulations Assessment

Natural England notes the following text in the LTP3

‚2.5.1 Alongside the SEA there will also be an assessment of the impacts of the LTP3 on sites
of European nature conservation importance (Natura 2000 sites – Special Areas of
Conservation (SACs), Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Ramsar sites) in the
Worcestershire area, as required under the EU Habitats Directive (EU Council Directive
92/43/EEC on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and Wild Fauna and Flora ) and the
transposing U.K. Regulations (The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations, SI
2010 No. 490). The HRA is largely dependent upon scheme-specific information in order
to assess the potential effects of LTP3 on Natura 2000 sites. It is therefore being undertaken after the scheme
information comes to light. (our emphasis). The HRA is being undertaken
in close collaboration with Natural England, the sole statutory consultee for HRA. The
results of the assessment will be reported on at a later date.‛

We wish to express our concern that the Draft LTP3 would appear to be out for consultation before
the Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) process has been started. HRA is a legal requirement
intended to ensure that the proposals are not likely to lead to adverse effects on the integrity of sites
protected under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. HRA should be an
iterative process integrated into the plan making process and informing the development of the plan,
much like SEA. For this reason, Natural England advises that HRA activity starts early in the plan
making process.

As local authorities develop their LTPs they will need to undertake HRA screening to determine
whether the LTP is likely to have a significant effect on a European site, alone or in combination
with other plans and projects. If it cannot be excluded on the basis of objective evidence at this
stage that a significant effect will not arise, the LTP must then be subject to an Appropriate
Assessment. If the Appropriate Assessment cannot rule out adverse effects on the integrity of a
European site then the LTP should be amended to eliminate these potential effects. Where adverse
effects on the integrity cannot be eliminated, the LTP can only proceed if there are no satisfactory
alternative solutions to the relevant element(s) of the plan, there are imperative reasons of
overriding public interest and adequate compensatory measures are secured to ensure the overall

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coherence of the network of European sites. Where a priority habitat or species (as defined by the
Habitats Directive) is present then the only reasons that could justify the adoption of the LTP would
be those which relate to human health, public safety or beneficial consequences of primary
importance to the environment.

Natural England West Midlands have had a report produced intended to aid local authorities in their
HRA processes. The report pulls together information on European sites in the West Midlands. I
have provided this document for your reference.

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

Natural England welcomes the Council’s thorough approach to the SEA and we are pleased to note
that the points we raised in our letter dated 17 August 20101 have all been addressed. We are
satisfied with the evidence base and agree with the mitigation and enhancement recommendations
made.

This opinion is based on the information provided by you, and for the avoidance of doubt does not
affect our obligation to advise on, and potentially object to any specific development proposal which
may subsequently arise from this or later versions of the LTP, and which may despite SEA have
adverse effects on the environment.

Specific comments on main Environmental Report

The draft Walking and Public Realm policy scored ‘uncertain impacts’ for biodiversity, landscape
and cultural heritage due to the absence of any reference to lighting. We propose that a minor
amendment addressing the scope for lighting to impact on biodiversity would address this.

For the draft ‘ransport and air quality policy’, the consideration of options in relation to resolving
difficulties in AQMA must take account of wider environmental resources e.g. protected areas such
as Sites Of Special Scientific Interest, as well as wider biodiversity. Bewdley with its location close
to the Wyre Forest SSSI is a possible example.

Natural England welcome section 9.6 in the Mitigation and Enhancement Recommendations section
on the benefits of urban tree planting. However we are unclear on exactly what recommendation is
being made here. We suggest the recommendation should be for the LTP3 to recognise the value
of street trees and take opportunities to plant more whenever they present themselves. We also
propose that this approach should be widened to cover urban greening in all its forms, not just street
trees2. These points may be addressed by integrating/cross referencing with paragraph 9.8 on the
consideration of biodiversity in transport design and maintenance as there is no mention of Green
Infrastructure here either.

We fully support the integrated approach proposed in paragraph 9.13 on taking account of
cumulative effects on landscape.

Asset condition monitoring – 9.14 – Natural England supports the suggested reference to heritage
assets within the Transport Asset Management Plan, and recommend that natural heritage is
included within this.




1
    SEA Scoping Consultation response
2
    Please refer to our LTP Guidance (attached) and the section on Green Infrastructure

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Specific comments on Appendix B – Environmental Baseline

Biodiversity

Paragraphs on ‘regional and local planning policy’ could be strengthened by adding references to
Biodiversity Action Plans (BAP), ‘andscapes for Living’ and Green Infrastructure – these are good
examples of projects with local expression. We recommend the LTP3 team speaks with the
Biodiversity and Landscape Team (contact = Emily Barker) to discuss this topic.

The potential for pollution to impact designated sites is mentioned frequently, but sites at risk are
not defined. Ancient Semi Natural Woodland (ASNW) should be specifically mentioned in relation
to pollution, although we note that ASNW are specifically mentioned in the section on landscape,
which we welcome.

We support paragraph 6.6.10 on ‘opportunities’:

‘The provision of green infrastructure and walking and cycling routes could provide significant opportunities
to enhance the biodiversity of the County, for example by including wildlife corridors in any such plans.’

However, this is the only mention of Green Infrastructure (GI) in the report. GI should have greater
prominence.

Para 6.6.9 – We note some references to geology and archaeology here and suggest the title is
amended accordingly.

Landscape

We propose this section should be called ‘landscape and townscape’.

Section 7.3 on the policy context is very limited, with no mention of European context e.g. European
Landscape Convention or regional or local context. We propose this should be addressed and
suggest speaking to your colleague Emily Barker accordingly.

Table 18: Summary of landscape baseline information at local, regional and national levels
We suggest the Council refers to Countryside Quality Counts for the baseline assessment of
landscape condition www.countryside-quality-counts.org.uk.

Under opportunities, Natural England wishes to promote AONB’s as exemplars of sustainable
transport and would welcome the Council’s promotion of this through the LTP3. Travel for leisure is
recognised as the fastest growing source of traffic, and is an issue for the countryside as a whole
and our environmentally protected areas in particular. Two areas of Worcestershire are designated
as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the primary purpose of which is the conservation
and enhancement of their natural beauty; the Malvern Hills and The Cotswolds. AONBs need
environmentally sustainable transport networks that cater for both residents and visitors and, in turn,
should become exemplars of such networks. A relevant local example is the Malvern Hills Hopper,
which ran until earlier this year.




Comments on the LTP3 Main document

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The Economic Objective - Page 11 - Worcestershire Economic Strategy – LTP3 supporting criteria

‘Excellent access by all modes of transport to/from and within Worcestershire's areas of tourism, including
rural areas, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and major towns and cities’

We refer the council to the relevant section of our LTP guidance document, acknowledging the value to the
County of tourism. We wish to emphasise the parallel need to ensure that transport provision and
management thereof effectively safeguards resources such as the Malvern Hills and The Cotswolds AONBs.

The Environment Objective – Page 16 – Supporting text

‘A specific Transport and Climate Change Policy has been produced as part of the LTP3
Compendium. However, the approach to reducing the impacts of transport on the environment in
Worcestershire must necessarily be far wider in scope if it is to achieve meaningful progress against
this objective. A combination of making changes to our travel patterns, focusing limited funds on
transport interventions designed to enhance local environments (by improving local air quality and
reducing noise, for example) and embracing new technologies and innovations that reduce the
impacts of transport on our environment will all be explored during the LTP3 plan period’.

Natural England welcomes and supports this statement.

The Quality of Life objective – Page 27 - Physical & mental health

Mental health as part of quality of life and links with the natural environment
The natural environment is a significant component in contributing to Quality of Life and all built
environment is subsumed within a natural context. The text should acknowledge the value of natural
environment in influencing quality of life and providing ecosystem services.

Issues & challenges for LTP3 – The scale of future development and associated funding contributions
‘The scale of new development in Worcestershire is currently uncertain, so contributions from the
private sector may be more difficult to secure’

We acknowledge that the thrust of this statement is concerned with funding. Nonetheless the link
here with development management is key to seeking beneficial interaction between transport and
land use planning tools - e.g. Green Infrastructure provision that safeguards transport networks from
flooding and ensures alternatives to the private car are integrated into new development

Transport Scheme Appraisal Framework

Objective Weighting Exercise
Natural England is concerned to note that the Environment Objective clearly set out in Table 1.10
of the Main Document is omitted from the bar chart in Figure 1.3 setting out relative weightings
proposed by County Councillors. The phraseology used in Table 1.10 is not used in Figure 1.3.
This is confusing and needs to be corrected urgently.

Geographical sections;

South Worcestershire Transport Strategy – South Worcestershire Rural Package
We welcome the reference to Green Infrastructure and refer the Council to our LTP guidance for our
views on the subject.

Kidderminster Urban Package (including Major Scheme Bid)
A451 (Stourport-Kidderminster) transport corridor enhancements, including the Hoobrook Link Road
(providing a strategic link between the A451 Stourport Road and the A442 Worcester Road).


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Natural England is aware of the long standing LTP aspirations regarding this link road. We draw the Council’s
attention to the significant challenge posed in terms of such a route’s relationship with the Wilden Marsh &
Meadows Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). As a public body the Council has a duty3 to conserve and
enhance SSSI. We would welcome the opportunity to meet with the Council in order to understand better
the Major Scheme Bid and the extent to which the SSSI has been factored into its formulation.


Comments on policy

Development Control Policy
Natural England broadly welcomes the range of policies set out in this document. We offer the
following specific comments:

DC1 & DC2 - We propose that the LTP3 Team ensures dialogue takes place with the Council’s
Biodiversity & Landscape Team (Contact = Emily Barker) to discuss the impacts of transport
related measures in these contexts.

DC4 – We note the qualification with respect to those developments that lead to transport network
capacity being exceeded. We propose that through master-planning and design including innovation
and technology the expectation here needs to become more stringent i.e. that the presumption
should be in favour of schemes that do not exceed the ‘network capacity threshold’. This would be
consistent with the Council demonstrating a proactive demand management approach. Certainly in
our view the criteria for pursuing those schemes that do exceed network capacity should be based
on much more than simply the ability to pay.

DC11 – The policy wording infers that each transport mode is treated equally. We propose that
private cars should constitute a ‘least preferred’ option in policy terms, after walking, cycling and
public transport, consistent with the policies elsewhere in this document.

Transport and Climate Change Policy
Natural England broadly welcomes the range of policies set out in this document. Due to the cross –
cutting nature of the Climate Change theme it is apparent that the policies represent ‘statements of
intent’. However the tools needed to effect such intentions lie within the rest of the policy
documents. Due to the evolving understanding of Climate Change Natural England encourages the
Council to make full use of the compendium format for LTP3 so as to allow for efficient updating and
amendments as that understanding develops.

Transport and Air Quality Policy
Natural England broadly welcomes the range of policies set out in this document. We welcome and
support the clear message regarding the need to integrate transport and land-use planning. Our
comments (above) on the development control policy are pertinent. We also welcome specific
reference to protected areas (AONB and Sites of Special Scientific Interest) in the context of air
quality policy.




Should you wish to discuss this response please do not hesitate to contact me at the above
address. Please forward a copy of the decision notice to our office at the above address.

Yours sincerely,



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    Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (As amended) – Section 28 (G)

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Sent: 03 January 2011 18:40
Subject: Worcestershire LTP




WORCESTERSHIRE LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN (LTP)

Thank you for the notification of the consultation on the Worcestershire Local Transport Plan. I apologise for the
delay in forwarding our comments. In August (letter dated 5 August 2010) we submitted comments on the Scoping
Report for the Strategic Environmental Assessment. This also included our general guidelines for the
consideration of the historic environment and heritage assets as part of Local Transport Plans (LTP).

We have a number of comments on the main LTP document as follows.

     LTP Structure: The main document is clear and succinct in setting out the goals and objectives of the LTP and
    the supporting policies and the links to the series of topic plans.
     LTP Objectives: We broadly support the proposed objectives for the LTP and particularly welcome the
    objectives on the environment and quality of life. With respect to the latter, we welcome the specific reference
    to the historic environment and heritage assets. We suggest a minor amendment to the wording to better
    accord with PPS5 as follows: ‘… conserving our historic environment and heritage assets’.
     Economic Objective: We welcome the positive link made between the economy and improvements to the
    public realm, including de-cluttering initiatives. We suggest that more prominence could be given to improving
    accessibility by sustainable transport modes to Worcestershire’s tourism attractions outside of the urban areas,
    given their role in supporting the County’s visitor economy.
     Quality of Life Objective: Under this objective we recommend that an additional aim on quality design should
    be included to help deliver the main objective. A commitment to the design and delivery of schemes which
    respect the character and quality of the natural, built and historic environment would serve to support the
    objective and provide a positive framework of overarching design principles for future schemes and proposals.
    It would also provide the opportunity to include a link to improvements to the public realm which can contribute
    to quality of life as well as the economic viability of city centres as covered by the economic objective. As part
    of the aim on enhancing public engagement, we suggest that positively promoting the undertaking of
    community based street audits could further strengthen this aim. The Streets for All series of practitioner
    advice notes, produced by English Heritage, includes a toolkit for a community based street audit together with
    other practical case studies. http://www.helm.org.uk/server/show/category.19645
     Asset Management Objective: The range of highway assets linked to maintaining the transport network can
    include heritage assets, as for example, listed or scheduled bridges, linear features such canals and disused
    railway lines, and signage, street furniture etc. In developing maintenance programmes for the range of asset
    groups, it will be important that their potential heritage significance is recognized and taken into account.
    Staffordshire County Council’s guidance, Conservation within the Highway - Structures of Historic Importance,
    offers a good practice example of how this can be positively approached. We suggest that this approach to
    guidance could further help to deliver the aims under this objective and consideration given to producing a
    similar document individually or as part of the Transport Asset Management Plan.
     Worcestershire Transport Scheme Appraisal Framework: We recommend that the explanation in Table 1.10
    for the Quality of Life Objective gives greater prominence to conserving and promoting the enjoyment of the
    historic environment and heritage assets as per the main objective. As currently presented only the natural
    environment is mentioned.
     Delivery Programme: We generally welcome the prominence given to public realm improvements and
    decluttering exercises as part of the proposed investment packages for each of the broad area strategies. As
    these are progressively developed we would welcome the opportunity to offer further comments, particularly
    where heritage assets are likely to be impacted and proposals offer the potential to enhance the management
    or enjoyment of the historic environment. At this stage we cannot offer comments on the list of possible major
    schemes without further information on their content and potential impacts on heritage assets.

With regard to the series of Transport Policy Documents, are comments primarily focus on the Walking and Public
Realm Policy as follows:

     Policy W4 Public Realm: We recommend that the policy wording in the first paragraph is amended to also refer
    to heritage assets, for example ‘.. conserving and enhancing landscape, townscape, biodiversity and heritage
    assets’.
     Policy W11 Street Furniture: We suggest the policy could more positively promote the undertaking of
    community based street audits to help inform de-cluttering exercises as well as proactively engage the
       community. We also recommend that the policy gives greater emphasis on the design of new street furniture
       and ensuring that it respects the character of the local area.
        Policy W12 Paving Materials: We generally support the content of the policy and its consideration of local
       character and historic streetscapes.
        An additional policy area where we suggest consideration could be given is the role of existing infrastructure
       such as canals and indeed urban rivers in encouraging walking and cycling. Successfully integrating their use
       with the wider townscape and area can be of value as already demonstrated by improvements to the river area
       in Worcester.

With regard to the SEA Environmental Report, we welcome the inclusion of our suggestions in response to the
Scoping Report. The Environmental Report provides a clear overview of the assessment process, the response to
the consultations, and how the draft Strategy should be amended to take account of its findings. At this stage we
have no further comments.

I trust the above recommendations will be of help in finalising the Strategy.

Yours sincerely


    English Heritage

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Response to LTP3 consultation
This response concentrates on matters relating to walking as a sustainable and efficient travel
choice, particularly, but not exclusively, for shorter ‘urban’ journeys, echoing the opening paragraph
of the Walking & Public Realm Policy document [W&PRP] which seeks to provide ‘the strategic
framework for the development of measures which help to make journeys on foot safer, easier and
more pleasant…’ [All references below are to paragraph numbers unless cited otherwise].

W&PRP at 1.1.4 recognises that the countywide Public Rights of Way network covers ‘urban and
rural areas, canal towpaths, short-cuts in residential estates and routes across public open spaces’
[and continues] ‘(the rural, usually unsurfaced, parts of the…Network are covered in a separate
LTP3 Rights of Way Improvement Plan Policy)’.

Although there are well-known historical reasons for this distinction between urban and rural we do
not feel, in future policy terms, it is a necessary or helpful one. For example, assuming them to be
‘public’, the ‘rural’ ones are usually either public rights of way [PRoWs] as shown on the Definitive
Map or permissive routes (possibly on ‘Access Land’ as now mapped following the CRoW Act
2000).

The surfaced ‘urban’ ones such as the short-cuts quoted above can also be assumed to be ‘public’
but whether they are on the Definitive Map is almost fortuitous, especially if they came into being
as part of ‘modern’ developments (residential or otherwise). They can as easily be classified as
‘Link Footpaths’ with allocated numbering quite distinct from the numbering employed by the
Definitive Map. To the urban walker seeking an efficient route between A & B the distinction is
largely immaterial.

Similarly a route across a public open space within an urban area may, for historical reasons, be a
PRoW but as the whole space is obviously public that route may be one of several to cross it that
cannot be identified as distinct from the others.

We recognise and appreciate that W&PRP at 2.5 specifically discusses ‘Integration and Links with
[the] Rights of Way Improvement Plan’ and understandably states that that Plan has an emphasis
on countryside routes, it also states that ‘elements of the rights of way network within urban areas,
which are usually paved, are covered as part of this policy’. However we believe there is great
scope for extending that policy to include much more of the public urban network (whatever its
current nomenclature).

Our argument therefore is for a holistic approach that brings together all public paths into an
integrated network, capable of being mapped as ‘routes for travel’ in the way most useful to the
‘everyday’, as well as the ‘recreational’ walker. This would thereby acknowledge and encourage
walking as a sustainable alternative to motorised transport. All this is of course within the ‘Public
Realm’ which, as defined in W&PRP at 1.1.5, places these routes into a much broader context. We
concur with that approach.

We believe that the ‘stakeholders’ listed in 1.3.5 should include all residents of Worcestershire, not
just their ‘representatives’. It is hard to see why a person wanting, for example, to discover and use
the most efficient in-town walking route to local facilities necessarily requires a ‘representative’.
This information should be directly available to all and everyone should at least have had the
opportunity of contributing to the evaluation, identification and mapping of such routes.

The walking maps for the majority of Worcestershire’s urban areas, cited in W&PRP 2.2, are a very
welcome innovation. However close examination and regular use of them has shown up a number
of deficiencies and inconsistencies that need to be looked at and rectified if possible (although
rumour suggests their future is uncertain any event). Their purpose, too, as aids to planning ‘in-
town’ walking routes is unclear. We would like to see more ‘recommended’ routes with average or
typical walking times.

The directional signs, also cited in 2.2. are again a useful innovation but we are unsure as to what
criteria are used to establish the locations of the signs and the chosen routes. As part of the
‘Smarter Choices’ initiative we would like to see a clear and consistent policy on this signage and
suggestions invited for new ones - particularly within towns and urban fringe areas - which would
chime with the issues mentioned above.

We note the assurance in the Rights of Way Improvement Plan document [ROWIP] at 1.6.5 that ‘In
delivering the ROWIP, the County Council will ensure that it gives careful consideration to the links
and key policies and action between the two documents [i.e. certain elements of AIRS* and the
wider LTP3] and the ROWIP. We agree that ‘Critical to this process will be providing for effective
working with the AIRS and LTP3 steering groups, to prevent duplication of effort in the delivery of
the respective action plans and reviews as they take place’. [*Access and Informal Recreation Strategy]
Section 5 ‘Monitoring and Review’ of the ROWIP also informs us at 5.1.1 that this Plan supersedes
the document that was published in July 2007 [i.e. the original Plan] and harmonises this Plan with
that of the ‘wider Worcestershire LTP3 Compendium (2011 to 2026)’

However we are told in 5.1.2 that the separate ROWIP Action Plan has been dissolved - despite it
being the key document setting out the targets for the year ahead - and incorporated within the
LTP3 etc. which will apparently fully integrate the ROWIP ‘as part of a truly multimodal approach to
the planning and delivery of transport in Worcestershire’. At least that recognises walking as a
mode of transport!

We do understand the thinking behind this approach but regret the demise of the ROWIP Action
Plan, which was also designed to monitor actual annual performance against defined indicators.
That Plan was developed in co-operation with the Local Access Forum (LAF), who recognised that
a credible monitoring process was vital. Indeed a standing sub-group of the LAF was set up for that
purpose. Yet we are now told in 5.1.4 that ‘monitoring mechanisms will be developed in co-
operation with the Local Access Forum and regular update reports will be provided to the Local
Access Forum’, which, while obviously welcome, is hardly an innovation.

However we do welcome the assurance in 5.1.5. that a progress report will be produced as part of
the LTP3 delivery process. We hope that it will be made widely available and interested parties can
be notified of its publication.

It seems likely that LTP3 and its associated policy and background documents were developed
prior to the initial announcement on 22 September 2010 of a new Local Sustainable Transport
Fund [LSTF], which was the subject of a subsequent written statement by the Parliamentary
Under-Secretary of State for Transport on 13 December 2010. As the ROWIP and the other
documents cited above very understandably put a great deal of emphasis on the gloomy present ,
and likely future, availability of funding is it possible that the LSTF might provide a source of
funding for modest projects which, according to the announcement ‘will be particularly welcome if
they can demonstrate support from, and the involvement of voluntary and community organisations
and the private sector’?
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C B. Ramblers’ Association, District Footpath Secretary Wychavon. December 2010.
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Worcestershire LTP3 Consultation – Cycling in Worcestershire

Response on behalf of the newly formed Evesham Cycling Forum

The Evesham Cycling Forum.

The Evesham Cycling Forum has yet to be properly constituted. A public
meeting was held on 9 December at Evesham Town Hall attended by 35
people and the speakers. Several people indicated that they would be happy
to form a forum, but due the proximity of Christmas, the first meeting will be in
the early New Year.

This response if based on what was said at the meeting and from
correspondence before and after the meeting with Colin Tether.

The first meeting of the group will be in the early New Year. After that
meeting it is hoped that many more comments will be forthcoming which will
be sent on to supplement this report.

Format of this response.

Part 1 of this response looks at the LTP3 in general terms and makes
proposals and suggestion about Cycling. References are made in Part 1 to
locations in Part 2.
Part 2 of this response makes particular suggestions for Evesham and the
surrounding area. The suggestions are partly used as examples and partly
proposals that could be implemented during the period of the plan.

No plans have been submitted. It is hoped that these will become available
together with further comments.

Types of Cycling

Cycles can be used for all sorts of purposes. Generally those going to work to
the shops and to school are called “Utility” Cycling. Racing, mountain biking,
touring and going to the pub are called “Leisure” Cycling. Many cyclists are
just Utility Cyclists, probably more nowadays are Leisure Cyclists and some
do both.

It is considered important that both types of cycling are addressed in the
LTP3. It is no good just providing leisure routes if people cannot cycle to work
safely. However, it is important to provide leisure routes to allow children and
the inexperienced adult to gain confidence on the roads and to provide the
health benefits that cycling brings. This response tries to show that both types
of cycling must be addressed at the same time if the benefits of cycling
outlined in the LTP3 are to be realised.
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Part 1 – Response to the LTP3 in General Terms.

Looking Forward to 2026

The LTP3 is for the years 2011 to 2026. Although this is planning for the
fifteen years, it is also a plan as to how we would like to see the County’s
transport system in 2026, ready for the next fifteen years or so.

The Plan does address the subject of Climate Change, but it does not
address the subject of the United Kingdom’s vulnerability to shortages of oil
and gas supplies. It is probable that oil prices will rise in real terms during the
period of the plan and it is possible that an international crisis will make mean
that oil will be in very short supply.

There is a very real risk that car use will be limited and therefore alternative
transport modes should be put in place to cater for this eventuality. In
practice this means every effort should be made to ensure public transport,
cycling and walking modes are viable.

It is certain that in 2026, most families will have access to bicycles and if other
transport modes are not available, then at least a bicycle can be used. There
are few other certainties.

Many of the proposals made in this submission are quite radical and there
may not always be funds at present to support these. However, the plan is for
fifteen years and during this time funds should become available.

To put this into context, the cost of the A46 ring road around Evesham, which
ironically has caused problems for cyclists, is probably much more than the
cost of all the suggestions made in this response for promoting cycling.

Cycling’s Place in the Local Transport Plan.

Cycling as a mode of transport scores very well and this is acknowledged in
the plan and supporting documents. Cycling supports all five National
Objectives in the Long Term Transport Strategy as well as supporting the
Worcestershire Sustainable Community Strategy Cross-Cutting Themes and
Objectives.

Cycling is the only mode which can easily be used for journeys of moderate
length which promotes health, is almost zero carbon and reduces road
congestion. It is available to young people and older people alike. For
shorter journeys it can be quicker than car or public transport when parking is
taken into account. To summarise, it is accessible, easy, cheap, sustainable,
efficient and promotes health.

Why do so few people cycle in 2010 in Worcestershire?

It is difficult to answer this question easily but there seem to be a number of
reasons.
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Historically, cycling was very popular from the late nineteenth century until
well after the Second World War. The four main reasons for a decline in use
are:

       The option to use a motor car instead of a bicycle as cars became
       cheaper in real terms and more people learned to drive.
       Generally longer journeys to work, shops and sometimes schools with
       the provision of better roads and motorways and out of town shopping.
       The fear, (real and perceived) that cyclists experience of using roads
       because of the presence of large volumes of fast moving vehicles and
       heavy good vehicles.
       The lack of confidence by many people who will never learn to start
       riding bicycles when they are young and not be able to learn easily as
       adults.

Worcestershire, particularly in the Vale of Evesham, has a high percentage of
heavy freight on quiet rural roads where farms or food outlets are serviced.
The poor infrastructure for cyclists and walkers pose considerable challenges
on these roads.

Availability of Bicycles

The current small usage of bicycles may seem strange as in 2010 physically
cycling could not be easier. Compared to the heyday of cycling, modern
bicycles are less expensive, weigh much less, have much better gears and
brakes. Lighting for bicycles has improved and good, lightweight cycle
clothing is available. Different types of cycle are now available to suit all types
of people and different types of usage.

Leisure Use and the Local Plan

Cycles are used for leisure use possibly more than ever before. This use has
the advantage that it provides healthy exercise and can allow new cyclists to
gain confidence in using cycles in more mundane circumstances. Leisure
use, whether it be racing, mountain biking or BMX will usually use the public
highway to some extent and therefore should have an influence on the Local
Plan.

Accident Risk to Cyclists

Policy C1 of the LTP3 Cycling Policy is supported. However, more needs to
be done to allow people to be aware of risk in cycling as discussed below.

The DTp publication, September 2010 Road Safety Web PublicationNo.17 -
Cycling, Safety and Sharing the Road: Qualitative Research with Cyclists and
Other Road Users is of great interest.

In the Executive Summary it is stated:
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Many of the barriers to cycling are the negative side of motivations, such as:
     inconvenience;
     the perceived effort involved;
     negative aspects of being out in the open;
     commitment; and
     personal security

However, the most important barriers to road cycling are related to ORUs:
     the behaviour of ORUs; and
     the volume and speed of traffic.

(Note: ORUs are Other Road Users)

All County Councils have a legal obligation to carry out studies into road traffic
accidents (involving personal injury) and to take action both to reduce and
prevent accidents (Road Traffic Act 1988, section 39(3)).

Worcestershire County Council does have an Accident Studies team but any
request for accident particular statistics incurs a cost of £75. There are a few
statistics published on the webpage see link:

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cms/transport-and-streets/streets/accident-
studies.aspx

The statistics show total casualty numbers from 2000 to 2009, in terms of all
killed and seriously injured, children killed and seriously injured and all slight
injuries. No other details are supplied at all. This is in contrast to the
websites of all surrounding counties which show comprehensive reports with
much more detail including, in most cases, the details of cyclist casualties. It
suggested that Worcestershire has been negligent in this respect and that
details of all road user types, including cycle casualties should be freely
available.

Proposal 1: Worcestershire County Council should publish a
comprehensive Annual Road Accident Report including details of cycle
casualties.

   In Policy C1 it is stated that Worcester County Council will look to:
          Tackle Road safety hazards which discourage people from cycling.

Discussion at the Cycle Meeting illustrated that the major deterrent to cycling
was the danger from other road users. Various sites were mentioned as
particularly dangerous including crossing the A46 roundabouts.

Policy C1 is supported but it is felt that this process should be open and that
road users should be able to assist in the process by informing the Council
where they feel are the dangerous places or they have had accidents.
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Proposal 2 Road users should be able to submit information on
locations where they feel at risk and provide reasons and possible
improvements

It is also suggested that road users have a right to be able to find out where
the dangerous locations are within their area. In this way, road users would be
able to make an informed choice about routes and the modal choice for a
journey, for example a daily return trip to school.

It is suggested that this information should be made freely available and
published annually as a list of sites with number of accidents and the types of
road user involved in them.

Proposal 3: Details of road accidents should be freely available and
published annually.

How can the Local Transport Plan promote Cycling?

In general Policy C2 of the LTP3 Cycling Policy is supported. However, “The
position of cycling in the modal hierarchy (see LTP3 Traffic Management &
Parking Policy) for the road in question” is not supported.

Main Roads

The Local Plan can influence the design and provision of highways and paths.
With single exception of motorways, every single public road in the County is
available to bicycles and there are many other routes cyclists can use.

It is stated in the LTP3 that:

“Worcestershire County Council has powers and duties to ensure that:
The highway network is accessible to all, well maintained, has minimal
congestion and is kept in a safe state”

It is also stated that, in the Traffic and Parking Management Policy, Table 3.1
Transport Modal (User) Hierarchies in Worcestershire, that, for Main routes,
cyclists have the lowest hierarchy. This in turn affects Policy TMP2, Transport
Modal (User) Hierarchies in that basically cyclists will be least regarded in the
design of main roads.

This approach is strongly objected to because:

        Main roads generally run between centres of importance and there is a
        demand to use them by all users including cyclists
        Main roads are direct and usually well graded and therefore suitable in
        that respect for cyclists. Therefore other design characteristics should
        also be made suitable for cyclists.
        It is these main roads that have been priorities for freight where the
        cyclists can be, or perceived to be at the greatest risk. Therefore
        special efforts should be to allow cyclists to use them safely and easily
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How to make Main Road suitable for cyclists

It is often possible to provide for the cyclists with a separate lane on the side
of the main road or by the shared use of a wide footway where appropriate.
Only in the last resort should a separate side road or path diversion be used
which will often be much slower than the main road.

Junctions on main roads, especially roundabouts, usually present the main
risks to cyclist. Attention needs to be given to these junctions to make them
safer for cyclists and easier to use. In Policy C1 it is stated:

 “Constructing new or converting existing roundabouts with continental-style
geometry which slow entry traffic speeds and make cyclists more visible”.

This is supported but also signalisation of roundabouts has been shown to
markedly reduce accidents for cyclist and also assists pedestrians. Another
method is to provide a separate toucan type crossing to one side of the
roundabout. Ref 1.

There are locations on the approach to a major junction where the nearside
lane is shown by arrow is for left turn only. In these circumstances the cyclist
does not often have the speed to get into the straight ahead lane and
therefore will be in the wrong position at the junction. This is extremely
difficult and dangerous for cyclists and should never be allowed. Any locations
with these markings should be changed. Ref 2.

Proposal 4 - It is proposed that all main roads have plans produced
showing how the road will be developed to allow safe use by cyclists.

Urban Roads
In Table 3.1 Transport Modal (User) Hierarchies in Worcestershire, cycling is
placed second after pedestrians, which is agreed. However, there is perhaps
a category missing from the list of modes which is parking, as parking occurs
on most urban streets and conflicts with moving traffic.

Like main roads, it is important to cater for cyclist where possible although the
opportunities will be less in built up areas. To make conditions suitable for
cyclists the following are proposed:

Proposal 5 – Speed Limits in Urban areas
Where roads are narrow in urban areas, it is proposed that a general 20mph
speed limit should be introduced to make conditions safer for pedestrians and
cyclists. Ref 3.

Proposal 6 – Cycle Friendly Traffic Calming in Urban areas
All traffic calming must be designed with the cyclist in mind. Full width road
humps should be avoided and chicanes have a slip lane for cyclists. Ref 4.
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Proposal 7. – Limiting parking on Streets
Where parking stops the free use of a well used street by cyclists or prevents
the future implementation of a cycle lane, then that parking should be
removed. Ref 5.

Policy C6 of the LTP3 Cycling Policy is generally supported but felt to be too
timid. The statement “Consideration will be given to trialling enhancements to
enable an assessment of the appropriateness of the enhancement” shows a
very cautious approach unlikely to provide many beneficial results.

Proposal 8 – One way streets and Gyratories
Most one way streets have been installed either to prevent rat running or
because the road is too narrow to allow two way traffic. In either case, the
problem was not caused by cyclists, but it does mean that cyclists have to go
a long way round, often with fast moving traffic.

Opportunity should be made wherever possible to allow cyclists to use one
way streets in both directions and provide contra flow lanes in gyratory
schemes. No new one way streets should be installed without exemptions for
cyclist. Ref 6.

A County Cycle Network

Policy C1 of the LTP3 Cycling Policy is supported in respect of “The County
Council will seek to create a network which is convenient and comfortable to
use, enhances accessibility to key destinations, is safe and attractive”.

This Policy is agreed, however, distinction must be made between different
types of cyclist, Utility and Leisure.

It is suggested that the main road network should be made suitable for
cyclists AND there should a network which is generally off road, or using quiet
country roads. This provision is important for the following reasons:

      To enable less confident cyclists to travel by cycle without using the
      usual road network.
      To enable young cyclists to gain confidence in using cycles so that they
      may use the usual road network as they grow older.
      To enable leisure cyclists to use the network to get fit.
      To provide for tourism etc.

Cycle paths and local Networks

Detail design is important. All barriers should be removed or designed to be
easily ridden past. Dropped kerbs should be installed. Signing should be
included to show that cycling is allowed. Ref 7.
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Road Maintenance

Policy C3 of the LTP3 Cycling Policy is supported. It is important that signed
cycle routes should be surfaced with smooth surfacing rather than the bumpy
surface dressing type often provided on country lanes.

Cycle Parking

Policy C7 of the LTP3 Cycling Policy is supported but should be more
positive. Specific mention should be made of the County Council working to
provide cycle parking at railway stations.

 It is suggested that to encourage cycling, more and better cycle parking
should be installed. The current best type is the Sheffield type where the
frame rather than the wheel is locked up and the cyclists are less likely to get
dirt from the wheel whilst locking up.

The Butterfly type stand should never ever be provided. Butterfly stands are
difficult to use as they involve bending down between the cycle and the stand
in a confined space. The wheel will often be dirty so hands get dirty too.
There is a risk that the cycle will be stolen leaving the front wheel behind.
There is a risk that the cycle will be pushed over resulting in a buckled front
wheel and damage. Ref 8.

Wherever possible, stands should be under cover and very close to the
entrances to shops, stores and offices with obvious CCTV surveillance, not
just within 20 metres. Ref 8.

It has also been suggested that safe cycle storage schemes could be
introduced in shopping centres using vacant shop premises.

New Developments within Worcestershire.

Policy C4 of the LTP3 Cycling Policy is supported. However it is also
important that no development can ever lead to a reduction of amenity for
cyclists in the surrounding area.

Part 2 – Response to the LTP3 with reference to Evesham and the Vale.

Evesham in a wider Cycle Network

It is agreed that the more continuous a cycling infrastructure, the more people
use it. The County Council’s own consultation, 78% of respondents said that
there was not enough provision for cyclists in Worcestershire. This is
particularly true in the Vale of Evesham where specific provision for cyclists is
minimal. At present Evesham is not connected to the National Cycle Network.

Quotes from Local Cyclists:
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Evesham should be a hub of cycle routes, situated centrally between Alcester,
Stratford on Avon, Moreton on Marsh, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and
Worcester. So far there are no cycle routes from Evesham, save the route to
Sedgeberrow along the A46 from the outskirts of Evesham.

When some of these things have been done I seriously think Evesham could
begin to promote itself as a cycle friendly tourist area - which in time could be
as big a tourist attraction as fishing is now. Leading to new small business
opportunities.

Problems getting out of Evesham
Evesham itself is neatly contained within the A46 trunk road and the river
Avon. Together the A46 and the river have made an almost impenetrable
barrier to pedestrian and cycle traffic.

The A46 Ring Road
The A46 was completed in the early 1990s and since then traffic has built up
steadily until it is extremely difficult and dangerous to cross by pedestrians
and cyclists because the speed and volume of traffic does not allow long
enough gaps.

It is physically easier to cross at the roundabouts. However, cycling around
these roundabouts is always risky for cyclists and perceived to be so.

It is therefore proposed that substantial investment is needed within the period
of the LTP3 to bridge the barriers of the A46 by cycle/pedestrian bridges or
other measures (Ref 1):

       Twyford Roundabouts. Signalise roundabout or provide Toucan
       crossing, depending on accident record.
       Between the river Avon and Offenham Road. Install bridge.
       Badsey Roundabout. Signalise roundabout or provide Toucan
       crossing, depending on accident record.
       Badsey Lane. Install bridge.
       Broadway Road roundabout. Signalise roundabout or provide Toucan
       crossing, depending on accident record.
       The Vale Park Roundabout. Signalise roundabout or provide Toucan
       crossing, depending on accident record.
       Cheltenham Road Roundabout. Signalise roundabout or provide
       Toucan crossing, depending on accident record.


The A46 itself is not pleasant to cycle along but there is room to improve it for
cyclists. It is possible that space could be found on the carriageway by
reducing the over-wide lanes which lead to speeding and accidents between
motor vehicles Otherwise space could be found on the wide verges.
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The River Avon.

The South Worcestershire Transport Strategy includes the challenge of
“Maintaining the availability of limited river crossings in South Worcestershire”.
There is a strong case for increasing the number of river crossings for walkers
and cyclists as a relatively low cost way of improving infrastructure and the
use of healthier, safer and more environmentally friendly travel modes.

The river is bridged in three locations in or close to Evesham:

Abbey Bridge: This bridge is due for replacement and it is essential that
proper separate provision is made for cyclists.

Workman Bridge: This bridge is narrow and unsuitable for cycling. It is felt
that not much can be done to the bridge itself but the following could be
considered:
       Make the bridge one way into town. At the moment the only traffic
       travelling from Evesham to Bengeworth is from the multi-storey car
       park and a few residential and commercial properties at the town end
       of the bridge. If the bridge were to be made one way, then the
       footways could be widened and a contra flow cycle lane could be
       provided.
       Install a separate bridge for cyclist and pedestrians just upstream of the
       current bridge. This could become of more immediate necessity if it
       was decided to do away with the current gyratory system in Evesham
       as more traffic would be using the bridge

Simon de Montfort Bridge: This bridge carries the fast moving A46 traffic
which is in two wide lanes over the bridge. Cycling along the carriageway is
most unpleasant due to the speed of the traffic and the heavy goods vehicles.

There are no footways provided and walking along the verges is difficult due
to the uneven surface and vegetation. It would be possible to provide
separate cycle pedestrian lanes beside the A46 which would link in with other
routes described below.

New Bridge Proposal – Close to Evesham Marina.

The proposal made by the Vale of Evesham Civic Society for a
cyclist/pedestrian bridge close to Evesham Marina is vigorously supported.
This is of particular relevance in view of proposed developments off Offenham
Road and Common Road. This bridge would connect into the wider Cycle
Network and reduce the congestion in the centre, particularly over Workman
Bridge.

New Bridge Proposal – Evesham to Hampton

A new cyclist/pedestrian bridge is suggested between Evesham and Hampton
in the vicinity of Blind Lane. This would supplement or replace the historic
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Hampton Ferry. This bridge would also connect into the wider Cycle Network
and reduce the congestion in the centre, particularly over Abbey Bridge.

Sustrans Proposals

Sustrans work to promote cycle routes in Worcestershire is supported.
However it is felt that some current routes proposed are too circuitous to be
used by more than the leisure cyclist. They ought to be supported by more
robust plans.

       Evesham to Harvington and beyond. It is suggested that a route could
       be put in place easily by extending the Evesham Country Park
       proposal made elsewhere.
       Evesham to Stratford on Avon. The current proposal for the National
       Route 41 Evesham to Badsey, Bretforton and Honeybourne would
       benefit from a bridge over the A46 to Knowle Hill.
       An alternative route to Stratford would be via Offenham and North
       Littleton and would use the proposed bridge by Evesham Marina. In
       addition another bridge over the A46 could be introduced over the A46
       between the railway and the river which would also provide a crossing
       for a long distance footpath.
       Evesham to Tewkesbury. The current proposal is via Hinton on the
       Green and Elmley Castle, rather than through Sedgeberrow. This
       adds over 3 miles to a journey that could be made more direct and no
       less attractive by extending the dedicated cycle path along the A44 by
       a mile.
       Evesham to Pershore. It is understood that the current Sustrans plan
       is for a route via Little Comberton. It is suggested that a better and
       more direct route would be via Charlton, Fladbury, Lower Moor and
       Wyre Piddle . This route would take in all those villages and would be
       easy to implement.

Specific Leisure Routes from Evesham

Evesham is within a beautiful part of the country with the attractions of the
Cotswolds and Bredon Hill nearby. The area attracts leisure cycling and
Mountain Biking. There is a case for promoting certain routes to allow these
interests.

A good example of a leisure route is the Greenway running from Long
Marston to Stratford. Many Evesham residents take their children by car to
Long Marston to use this. It is suggested that Evesham needs a similar route
to allow children to gain confidence in handling bikes.

It is suggested that there is a need to encourage family participation at
weekends with another one or two routes made safer and with good signage
and organisation - such as the Blossom Trail and Bredon Hill Rides organised
by St John's Ambulance - but maybe shorter, flatter routes which take in some
of the outlying villages/cafes/pubs etc. (Once parents begin to feel confident in
the safety of cycling they will be happier to let their kids cycle to school etc).
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The routes below form parts of longer distance routes outlined above. They
could be introduced before the major routes are completed.

Suggested Leisure Routes are:

       To Bredon Hill. Bredon Hill is very popular with Mountain Bikers.
       Some of a route via Sedgeberrow is already installed.
       To Charlton and Cropthorne. It is suggested that the route using the
       access road to the Evesham Sewage Works is made a cycle route and
       extended from Pershore Road to the villages using existing paths and
       country roads.
       To Evesham Country Park. A route to the Country Park is physically
       possible using the existing footpath alongside the river which passes
       under the A46 at the Simon de-Montfort bridge. This route could be
       improved by using sections of the old railway line running from
       Evesham towards Harvington.

Cycling within Evesham

Cycling within Evesham is difficult due to the narrow and congested streets,
the many one way roads and the gyratory, the two narrow river crossings
which are the only routes between Evesham and Bengeworth/Hampton.
Proposals have been made above for new river crossings.

High Street. Comment has been made that it is disappointing that no
provision was made for cyclist (save parking places) in the recent
Enhancement scheme. It is suggested that cycle lanes could be introduced
at least along the northern section. It is also suggested that this road should
be made 20mph with appropriate cycle friendly traffic calming (Ref 3)

Advance STOP Lines. There need to be advance stop lines at all signalled
junctions within Evesham. It is noted that these were NOT installed in the
enhancement scheme when the signals at Swan Lane were renewed.

Lane Markings. (Ref 2) There are two traffic lanes on approach to the A46
roundabout at Twyford. The left one is left turn only and should be made
straight on and left.

One Way Streets. The following One Way streets in Evesham are all lightly
trafficked. It is suggested that all these roads could allow cycling against the
main traffic flow without any problem (Ref 6). With these roads, the
continental system should be used which only needs a simple change to the
traffic order and the signing. No contra flow lanes are needed. It is believed
that such schemes are now being carried out in London.

       Avon Street
       Briar Close
       Brick Kiln street
       Castle Street
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       Oat Street
       Rynal Street

Gyratory System. Evesham has a part Gyratory system using Mill Street,
Chapel Street and Swan Lane. It is suggested that a contra flow cycle lane
could be introduced into Mill Street to enable cyclist to reach Workman Bridge
from the residential area to the north.

 Riverside Paths. Evesham has a wonderful riverside path extending from
Workman Bridge, under Abbey Bridge and Hampton Ferry to Evesham Sports
Club. This path’s status is uncertain but it is suggested that it does form a
good path for leisure cycling, especially to those with children gaining
confidence in cycling. It is suggested that signing should show that cycling is
allowed so that walkers and cyclists alike are aware of the dual use.

It is also suggested that the riverside route which currently ends at the Sports
Club should be extended under the railway bridge to Worcester Road by ATS
Tyres.

Evesham Urban Paths. Evesham has many longer distance paths running
between housing developments, especially on the Hampton and Bengeworth
side of the town. These are shown on the excellent Evesham Walking and
Cycling Map issued by Worcestershire County Council.

It is suggested that many of these should be allow cycling. For example:

       Briar Close to Riverside path by Sports Club
       Broadway Road to Hazel Road
       Burford Road to Drakes Lea
       Davies Road to St. Philips Drive
       Fairfield Road to St Richards Road
       School Road to Hampton Ferry
       St Marys Road to Common Road (Not shown on Evesham Walking
       and Cycling Map at all)
       Waterside to The Link. Two sections of this route are shown on the
       Evesham Walking and Cycling Map, as Traffic Free Cycle Routes.
       However, no signs are erected to confirm this and there are barriers
       and a need for drop kerbs at certain points (Ref 7).

Cycle Lanes on Urban Road. At present no roads within Evesham have any
cycle lanes. On the busier roads it is suggested that these could be installed
where width allows and parking must not be allowed to take place (Ref 5).

       Abbey Road
       Broadway Road
       Cheltenham Road
       High Street
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Vale Business Park. Vale Business Park is the only development of any size
outside of the A46 ring road. It is very important that people should be able to
reach it by cycle. It is suggested that a separate light controlled crossing is
installed for pedestrians and cyclist, probably on the north-east side of the
roundabout, to connect the Vale Park to The Link.

It is further suggested that a cycle/pedestrian access route into Vale Park
from the Cheltenham Road and the Broadway Road should be made. The
A46 itself could become a route with proper cycle lanes installed alongside
the carriageway.

Safe Routes to School. (Ref 3)It is suggested that a 20mph speed limit on all
areas around Evesham schools and on main road routes to schools during
the entry/exit times. More needs to be done to encourage cycling to school.
If possible, driving to school should be discouraged.

Cyclists and Traffic Calming Measures. (Ref 4) Comment has been made on
the design of traffic calming measures which are not cycle friendly. An
example is Davies Road in Evesham where there are no separate slip lanes
for cycles.

Cycle Parking. (Ref 8) It is noticed that cycle parking has been introduced at
many new developments but is either of the Butterfly Type which is universally
unpopular or too far way from the store entrance. Examples are:

      Lidl Supermarket in Port Street. Butterfly type are provided near the
      store entrance but rarely used.
      B& Q Store in The Link. There is a covered cycle parking space but it
      is some 60 metres from the store entrance and rarely used.
      Halfords Store in The Link, which has a large cycle section. There is
      no cycle parking at all nearby.

Cycle Parking at Evesham railway station also needs improvement with
additional under cover, secure Sheffield type stands.




End of Response

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Much of the value of the LTP3 lies within the associated documentation (the Compendium) which
looks in greater detail at particular dimensions of transport policy.

Given the geographical position of Alvechurch, as earlier mentioned, and developments within the
Parish, we have particular interest from among the Compendium policy documents in the following -
cycling, development control, integrated passenger transport, multi model freight, traffic management
and parking, transport safety and walking and the public realm. It will not be surprising that our
interest stems from existing and anticipated issues and concern which can be linked to one or more of
the transport policy sectors listed above. We now move to a consideration of how these matters
separately affect the four main settlements within Alvechurch Parish although in some cases there will
be an overlap.

Hopwood

The current use of the A441 between Birmingham and Junction 2 of the M42, and increasing future use
associated with the Longbridge redevelopment puts Hopwood at the centre of a number of the transport
policies in question. There are issues to do with managing traffic volumes and speeds, the short term
and long term parking of freight and other vehicles in lay -bys near Junction 2, close to the M42
service area itself, and opportunities for Hopwood residents safely to move along and across the
main road ( to include here access to bus stops). Moving away from vehicle traffic the opportunities
for the development of the sustainable transport modes, like cycling and walking ,are hampered by the
poor state of pathways within Hopwood and connecting Hopwood to the main settlement of
Alvechurch village along the Birmingham Road. We emphasise again that this cluster of Hopwood
issues should be the local top priority set for incorporation within the transport scheme appraisal
framework for this part of the County.

Alvechurch Village

 We recognise and applaud previous County Council developments here regarding transport safety and
traffic management and parking that to date represent a success story. Residents still have concerns
expressed through the Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meetings about excess speeds
approaching the village centre from Birmingham and exiting the village towards Redditch. The
management of car parking around the school is still problematic and the case for 20 mph zoning needs
further exploration. This should be part of the statutory work on the Sustainable Modes of Travel to
School Plan.
As to sustainable transport for the wider public the regular, daily bus service ( number 146) between
Birmingham and Redditch conveniently stops at a number of places in Alvechurch Village and also in
Bordesley and Hopwood (in these latter two with issues about safe crossing of the main road to the
bus stops.) But there are current concerns about the continuation of bus service number 182 /183 with
sufficient frequency between Bromsgrove and Redditch via rural routes in our Parish. Alvechurch
railway station could carry increased passenger traffic particularly if service frequency should grow
between Redditch and Birmingham. In due course there should be opportunities for a link via Barnt
Green or Longbridge stations from Alvechurch with trains proceeding down to Bromsgrove. As it is
the public transport services between Alvechurch and the District centre of Bromsgrove town are very
under- developed.
Improvements to footpaths, already mentioned from Hopwood and needing attention on exiting
Alvechurch towards Bordesley should be in the local delivery programme and this could be associated
with a cycle way development. The public realm in Alvechurch village centre suffers from several
road junctions mixed with parking that does not support safe movement by pedestrians – a review of
pedestrianisation possibilities and revised car parking arrangements is desirable in the mid- term.
More immediately there are issues around the retention of the mini- roundabout adjacent to the Red
Lion Public House which will see increased vehicle use due to the new housing development on the old
school site. The roundabout, while aiding speed management on the Birmingham Road, does not
provide a safe view of traffic that is approaching the roundabout from the Birmingham Road for those
drivers having the right of way to enter it from Tanyard Lane.
ALVECHURCH PARISH COUNCIL


Response from Alvechurch PC to the Worcestershire County Council Consultation on its draft
Third Local Transport Plan


Alvechurch Parish Council recognises the significance of the draft Third Local Transport Plan (LTP3)
to the economic and social well being of the County and its residents. The documents forming the plan
are to be applauded for their wide ranging perspective on transport policy and its broader impact, and
for the depth of consideration provided on the specific policies helpfully set out in Compendium form.

Alvechurch Parish Council prefers to provide its response to the consultation on LTP3 in this
document, rather than though completion of the on- line response form. It recognises our major
interest in transport policy which in turns stems from the geographical position of the Parish in North
East Worcestershire and the transport policy implications that flow (with such Parish features as
Motorway and major Junction, A -roads, bus and rail links, canal location, walking and cycling
opportunities) but also because of the physical separation of the principal four settlements within the
Parish itself. (We set out later in this response our judgement on the key transport policy- related issues
for the Parish with brief commentary).

We appreciate it is both a necessary and a brave task to develop LTP3 in these difficult financial
times. It has to be hoped that the Plan’s 15 year time span (2011-2026) will see some of it being
implemented in times when better and more funding for transport planning, in the broad sense, will be
available. More immediately we do welcome the appearance now of this broad strategy statement, tied
to the objectives of the County Sustainable Community Strategy, and see the sense in transport policy
developments being grouped into five year, detailed “delivery plans”, the contents of which are derived
from the new Worcestershire Transport Scheme Appraisal Framework.

For obvious reasons we appreciate the higher priority in the Appraisal Framework given to
programmes that are cost effective and promote economic objectives. We do have some concerns that
objectives important to Parish communities like ours around equality (meaning accessibility to
transport options) and quality of life are given relatively low priority in the decision taking on transport
priorities.

Importantly, and as a means for a Parish Council like ours to emphasise our concerns on behalf of the
very local community interests, we are encouraged to note that the draft LTP3 main document (page35)
responds to the Government’s localism agenda. It identifies the importance of transport policy finding
a way to meet local aspirations and the headline “Local choices and local benefits” is one we will wish
to champion. It is for this reason that we set out later in this document some of the current “transport”
issues affecting the Parish, so they are early candidates for consideration for the LTP3 package
approach to implementation.

We do not sense that the outline of the North East Worcestershire Rural Package given on Page 48 of
the Plan main document gets very close to the issues and concerns of Alvechurch Parish. References
there to the re-development of the Longbridge site has particular relevance to the Hopwood part of our
Parish; that on the smarter programme on transport choice needs to be related to possible developments
benefiting the Alvechuch rail station and improved rail links variously to Redditch, Birmingham and
to Bromsgrove stations( while currently there is debate about possible reduction in the already
infrequent bus service connecting Bromsgrove and Redditch through rural routes), and reference to
sustainable transport infrastructure (important to us in terms of walking, cycling and public transport
increased choices) strangely refers to “across the Borough” rather than to the District of Bromsgrove.

In our view and recognising the several significant settlements in Bromsgrove district , often with
their own Parish Councils, and having regard to the favoured “package” approach to developing
transport programmes, we think there is a case for a sub plan that explores a” Bromsgrove District
larger settlements rural package” of possible transport works.
Rowney Green

Issues here are chiefly to do with traffic speed through the village settlement with traffic volumes
increasing at certain points of the day due to the location of the Bordesley Hall Business Park. The
village roads are quite narrow and there is no footpath or lighting extending the length of its built- up
area. With no footpath running along Rowney Green Lane and Radford Road into Alvechurch
centre, and with threats to the frequency of the single bus service, there is little scope for residents
reducing the use of private vehicles.
Car traffic on the Holloway, both from the village and that using the Bordesley Hall Business Park, and
lorry traffic misdirected through the Holloway and onto the narrow Storrage Lane by satellite
navigation equipment, requires a series of traffic management and safety measures like realignment of
parts of the Holloway road itself, changes to the speed signage and more regular road resurfacing than
currently takes place.

Bordesley

The principal matter here is the volume of vehicle traffic proceeding along the A441 through the
settlement area. A 40mph speed limit is in place but there is a case for changes in signage on the
nearby motorway network and on other A –roads to seek to move lorry traffic away from the A441 at
this point. In any event the situation should be kept under review for means to improve the safe
passage of residents and other pedestrians across this busy road, particularly in the vicinity of bus
stops. In the longer term and in the period covered by LTP3 the case for a Bordesley by- pass will
need further consideration , particularly so if housing developments should take place in due course at
the boundary between Redditch Borough and Bromsgrove District.


Alvechurch Parish Council will be ready, as the adoption of and action following LTP3 proceeds, to
discuss further with relevant County Councillors and County Transport Officers the particular issues
and challenges for the Parish as outlined above.



Alvechurch Parish Council
31 December 2010

				
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