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					ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL

LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN – Annual Progress Report 2001




Isle of Wight Council
Directorate of Environment Services

Stephen Matthews BSc (Hons) CEng MICE MIHT
Head of Highways and Transportation
Jubilee Stores
NEWPORT
Isle of Wight
PO30 2EH




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ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL – Access to information



Copies of this document are available for inspection in the following locations.


•      At the following libraries, Newport, Ryde, Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor, Cowes, East
       Cowes, Freshwater, Brighstone, Bembridge, Niton and on the Mobile Library.
•      Isle of Wight Council - Customer Reception Area, County Hall, High Street, Newport.
•      Highways and Transportation, Jubilee Stores, The Quay, Newport.
•      Reception, Planning Department, Seaclose Offices, Fairlee Road, Newport.
•      Ryde Management Centre.
•      Customer information points.

Copies will also be distributed free of charge, to those people who were consultees to the full
Local Transport Plan. These included Town and Parish Councils, transport operators,
transport interest groups, major employers, the Isle of Wight College, health service
providers and all of the Island’s Schools.

On the Internet

The Isle of Wight Council’s website www.iwight.com includes this report, together with the
full, five year Local Transport Plan 2001/06 and other Council documents, including the
Unitary Development Plan and information on the Local Agenda 21 strategy.

If you want your own copy

For your own copy, price £10.00, or details how to obtain one in large print, please contact:

Julia Pearce in the Traffic and Transport Section on (01983) 823762 or Fax (01983) 823545.

Email: julia.pearce@iow.gov.uk

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Isle of Wight Council
Highways and Transportation
Jubilee Stores
The Quay
NEWPORT
Isle of Wight
PO30 2EH




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CONTENTS
CONTENTS                                                      Page No

       Executive Summary                                            v


A      INTRODUCTION

A.1    Developing Our Transport Policy                              1


B      AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO TRANSPORT

B.1    Introduction                                                 4

B.2    National Transport Policy                                    5

B.3    Planning Policy Guidance                                     7

B.4    Regional Planning Guidance                                   7

B.5    Local Planning Policy                                        8

B.6    Links to Other Plans                                         8


C      CONSULTATION

C.1    Public Consultation                                         10


D      DELIVERING THE STRATEGY

D.1    Increasing Travel by Bus                                    12
D.2    Improving Travel by Rail                                    13
D.3    Developing the Role of Taxis                                14
D.4    Increasing Cycling                                          15
D.5    Increasing Walking                                          16
D.6    Road Safety                                                 17
D.7    Parking Strategy                                            18
D.8    Public Transport Interchange                                19
D.9    Public Transport Information                                19
D.10   Improving Children’s Safety on the Journey to School        20
D.11   Employer Travel Plans                                       20
D.12   Disability Issues                                           21
D.13   Promoting Social Inclusion                                  22


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D.14   Air Quality and Action on Noise                                 22
D.15   Action on Climate Change                                        23
D.16   Principal Road Maintenance                                      23
D.17   Bridge Strengthening                                            24
D.18   Rural Issues                                                    26
D.19   Sustainable Distribution                                        26


E      MEETING THE LTP CHALLENGE

E.1    Government Response to the Plan                                 27
E.2    Bus Strategy                                                    27
E.3    Road Safety Strategy                                            28
E.4    Employer Travel Plans                                           28


F      IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAMME AND SUPPLEMENTARY BIDS

F.1    Implementation Programme                                        31
F.2    Supplementary Bid                                               32
F.3    Projects Under Development                                      33

        •   Ryde Esplanade                                             30

        •   A3055 Undercliff Drive Ventnor                             30

        •   Newport Pedestrianisation                                  30


G      APPENDICES
G.1    Finance Forms                                                   31

        •   LTPF1                                                      31

        •   LTPF2                                                      32

        •   LTPF3                                                      33

        •   LTPF4                                                      35

G.2    Table Reporting Progress Against Local Objectives and Targets   39
G.3    Monitoring – Amendments to targets in full LTP                  44
G.4    Response to points raised in December 2000 Decision Letter      45
G.5    Delivering on Target                                            48
G.6    Consultation Process                                            49
G.7    Best Value - Update                                             50


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G.8    LA21 – Conclusions of the transport focus group       53
G.9    Baseline Data

        •   Population                                       55

        •   Bus Travel                                       55

        •   Park and Ride                                    58

        •   Student Term Tickets                             59

        •   Rail Transport                                   60

        •   Floating Bridge                                  61

        •   Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles                  61

        •   Car Ownership                                    62

        •   Cyclists                                         63

        •   Travel to Work                                   64

        •   Road Accident Casualties                         66

        •   Traffic Monitoring                               66

        •   Employer Travel Plans                            70

        •   Social Exclusion                                 74

        •   Cross Solent Statistics                          75

        •   Movement of Freight                              76

G.10    Summary of Air Quality Strategy (2000)               78
G.11    Isle of Wight Plan for Health and Wellbeing (HImP)   81
G.12    Supplementary Bids                                   83
G.13    Projects currently under development                 85

        •   Ryde Interchange                                 85

        •   Ventnor Undercliff Drive                         87

        •   Newport Pedestrianisation                        87

G.14    Annual Progress Report Checklist                     89




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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The process of producing Local Transport Plans (LTP) was established in the Government’s
White Paper “ A new Deal for Transport: Better for Everyone”, published in July 1998.

The Council has prepared two Local Transport Plans. The first was a Provisional Plan,
covering the period 2000/01. The production of this document helped the Council more
clearly establish a transport strategy for the Island. The Plan formed part of an extensive
consultation process, and was the basis upon which the full five-year plan was produced.

Local Transport Plans became statutory documents under the provision of the Transport Act
2000. The Plan has four main functions. It sets out a transport strategy for the Island,
illustrates how this strategy fits with local and national policies and Guidelines, includes a bid
for Government funding to implement the strategy and a range of indicators by which the
performance can be measured. The aim of this first Annual Progress Report is to explain
how successful the Council has been in achieving the aims and objectives set out in the
Local Transport Plan.

Transport impacts on all our lives. The availability of transport, increase in the desire for
personal mobility and need to deliver goods quickly and cheaply has brought both benefits
and problems. The Island’s Local Transport Plan seeks to increase travel choice and at the
same time address issues, such as pollution, congestion, road traffic accidents and social
exclusion. The Plan sets out how this can be achieved in partnership with the local
community and in tandem with a range of local and statutory plans.

The Council’s aims and objectives are set out in detail in section A.1.2 3 of the five year
Plan. These are broadly as follows:

•       To help widen travel choice and provide real alternatives for car owners.
•       To enhance the quality of Island life.
•       To encourage the provision of safer and more secure transport system.
•       To make the best use of existing transport infrastructure.
•       To encourage travel by sustainable means.
•       To include measures to reduce social exclusion.
•       To develop a framework by which future transport investment can be made.

It is important that the transport strategy is seen as part of a broader Island wide, integrated
strategy encompassing the wider policy issues such as land use planning, environment
protection, economic development, education, health and community safety.

The Council has taken a fresh approach to transport delivery on the Island. The introduction
of the five-year plan and associated funding process has given the authority the ability to
take a more strategic approach to transport provision. We have developed our capital
programme around transport delivery and the process of developing new highway schemes
will now more closely examine how each scheme will assist the Council in delivering the
targets set down in the LTP.

The Council has been able to move away from a “make do and mend” approach and clear
progress is now being made towards making travel by public transport more attractive,
increasing safety for all road users and encouraging walking and cycling. Some progress is
now being made in addressing the issues raised in the plan and the Council is continuing to
work in partnership with Town and Parish Councils and others, to deliver the targets set out
in the document. The Council has been able to progress the much-needed work to improve



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the Island’s highway infrastructure and the ability to invest in the improvement of all the
Islands roads has been welcomed locally. Many of the Island’s minor roads are now
receiving long overdue repair and bridge assessment and strengthening work is well
underway.

Parts of the Island have been badly affected by the high level of rain, which fell during the
winter of 2000/01, and the effect of the adverse weather is visible on many of the Island’s
coastal roads and footpaths. The collapse of part of A3055 Undercliff Drive at St Lawrence,
west of Ventnor, has caused a number of problems in terms of access and transportation
and the Council is currently examining what work will be required to address the immediate
and longer-term issues. A supplementary bid is included in this document to help fund the
work necessary to address the immediate problems and the investigations necessary to find
a permanent solution. Detailed investigations will be taking place over the next few months,
with the intention that a fully worked-up bid will be submitted in next years APR.

The five-year programme has given the Council the confidence to recruit the necessary staff
to carry out the expanded work programme and subsequent APRs will be able to report on
the improved delivery process.




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 A    INTRODUCTION


A.1    DEVELOPING OUR TRANSPORT STRATEGY

       It is recognised that we need a safe and efficient transport system if we are to
       achieve a strong and prosperous economy. Issues such as congestion and delays
       can add a further burden to our economic development and pollution, damage to the
       environment, growing energy consumption, increased congestion, delays and
       accidents are all factors, which are now fuelling the global and national transport
       debate.

       The LTP seeks to reduce traffic growth, through the development of an integrated
       transport strategy, which will offer the traveller real transport choice. The success of
       this strategy will however depend on a number of factors, including the way in which
       the Council’s other strategies, in particular planning and environmental policies are
       applied.

A.1.1 Provisional Transport Plan 2000/01

       The Provisional LTP was developed following extensive consultation and through the
       work of the Quality Transport Partnership. Over 500 copies of the plan were
       distributed and copies made available for inspection at a wide range of public places
       and information points across the Island. Items relating to the Plan were included in
       the local press and radio. Copies of the plan were sent to the Island schools,
       libraries and major employers. The amount of money made available for Transport
       funding for 2000/01 was allocated on the content of this plan.

A.1.2 Local Transport Plan 2001/2006

       The Council’s full, five year Local Transport Plan was submitted to Government in
       July 2000. The production of this plan has enabled the Council to take a longer term,
       strategic approach to transport planning. It was developed from Council and
       Government policies and strategies and built on the Provisional Plan, reflecting
       feedback from the consultation process and advice from GOSE. The document
       takes account of local issues such as social exclusion, health, education and
       economic regeneration and seeks to address the problems associated with traffic
       growth.

A.1.3 Annual Progress Reports

       The Transport Act 2000 made it a requirement of all Local Authorities to ensure that
       LTPs are implemented on time and explain in an Annual Progress Report (APR),
       what progress has been made on delivering the overall transport strategy. This
       report explains how successful the Council has been in meeting the national and
       local targets set out in the Plan and sets out in detail what is actually being delivered
       on the ground. It is based on the content of the Provisional Local Transport Plan,
       covers the period April 2000 – June 2001, with updated information added as
       necessary. A contents checklist is included at the end of this document to ensure
       that the report covers the areas required.

A.1.4 A Local Transport Strategy for the Island

       The Isle of Wight is predominately a rural area, with a relatively elderly population
       and high level of unemployment. The combination of low wage rates, isolation from


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the mainland and high numbers of part time and seasonal jobs has created a
situation where many people find it hard to secure employment opportunities.

Whilst tourism provides the Island’s economy with a much needed boost during the
summer period, the influx of tourists brings with it particular pressures on the
transport infrastructure. The Council is seeking to address these particular transport
issues, whilst at the same time encouraging easy access to and from the Island for
those wishing to travel without a car.

Over 7 million people use the Island’s public transport system every year. The
Council is seeking to increase the number of people travelling by sustainable means
and the Plan sets out how we can make transport by bus, rail, foot and cycle easier
and more convenient.

The Council’s transport aims and objectives are set out in detail in section A.1.2 4
and A.1.2.5 of the five year Plan. The objectives are as follows:

•      Integration - to adopt an integrated approach to transport and create easy
       access between different transport modes.
•      Unification - to ensure that land use planning and transport planning work
       together.
•      Accessibility - to improve access for all sections of the population.
•      Environment - to protect and enhance the Islands natural and built
       environment.
•      Economy - to support and encourage the Island’s economic development.
•      Safety - to improve the health and safety of those on the Island.

It is recognised that delivering these objectives will not be an easy task. The Council
is not directly responsible for the operation of many aspects of transport provision
and these objectives can only be delivered by working in partnership with local
businesses, transport operators, transport users and public and private sector
representatives. The Council is taking account of the views and concerns of local
residents through a range of mechanisms including the ongoing development of the
LTP, LA 21 strategy, Best Value process and the development of the Island’s
Community Plan.

The Council is now putting in place measures to deliver the transport strategy.
Schemes such as bus priority, new footways, cycleways, improvements to street
lighting and CCTV, will help provide real alternatives to the car and increase travel
choice by making walking, cycling and travel by public transport easier, more
convenient and safer.

The car is now seen by many as an essential part of everyday life and it is
recognised that realistic alternatives do not exist for some people living in rural parts
of the Island. The Rural White Paper stresses the importance of addressing rural
issues and the plan seeks to address the needs of those who cannot easily get
access to transport and feel excluded from society and the services enjoyed by
others. It recognises that transport information can make journeys easier and more
convenient and the Council is now actively seeking to improve the range and
availability of information available.

The LTP sets out measures to address problems associated with vehicular traffic and
in sections D14 and D15 highlights problems associated with increased road traffic
such as noise pollution, air quality and climate change. Measures are now being put
in place, which will reduce accidents, lower traffic speed in sensitive areas, and


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      create a better environment through the development of Home Zones and Quiet
      Lanes projects.

      Public consultation has consistently highlighted road maintenance as one of the
      highest priority areas for the public. Concern relates to the poor quality of the roads
      and footways across the Island and the recent settlement has given us the
      opportunity to redress the balance by allowing the Council to start to address some of
      the longstanding road maintenance issues. The Council is now implementing a
      strategy, which prioritises repair to the most appropriate standard consistent with the
      route hierarchy and gives priority to the structural repairs of footways and shared
      surfaces.

A.1.5 Links to land use planning

      The Local Transport Plan has been developed from the land use and transport
      strategy outlined in the Isle of Wight Unitary Development Plan (UDP), which was
      itself produced following the widest possible consultation. The UDP was subject to a
      Public Local Inquiry, which took place between 26 January 1999 and 14 May 1999
      and became a statutory document on 19 May 2001.

      The UDP sets out the Council’s planning strategy for the Island. It includes
      proposals for development up to 2011 and allocates land for a range of uses, all of
      which can impact on travel demand. The UDP accords with planning policy guidance
      and the strategy established in Regional Planning Guidance for the South East
      (RPG9). It has to plan for 8,000 new residential dwellings over the plan period and
      these land use allocations have been made, taking into consideration a number of
      factors, including the transport implications.

      A co-ordinated approach is being taken to land use and transport planning and
      consideration of planning applications takes account of transport implications,
      particularly in terms of location of the development, availability of public transport
      provision and number of parking spaces.

      The UDP includes a set of car parking zones, based on existing transport patterns
      and geographical and land use factors. These zones are now used to calculate the
      maximum level of parking and number of cycle spaces for each type of land use.

A.1.6 Funding

      The Local Transport Settlement was announced in December 2000. The Isle of
      Wight Local Transport Plan received a total of £5.9 million for the financial year
      2001/02. This was broken down into Integrated Transport at £3.0m and Maintenance
      £2.9m

      Indicative allocations for years two, three, four and five are performance related and
      will depend on the Council’s ability to achieve the targets set out in it’s own Plan.
      The Government has made it clear that the content of APRs and the way in which
      authorities are meeting their targets, will be taken into consideration when deciding
      future allocations.

A.1.7 Delivering the Strategy - Staffing

      Staffing levels have been reduced over the last decade in line with the level of
      funding available and the challenge the Council now faces is one of trying to deliver a
      transport strategy with the small number of staff currently employed. The Council
      has therefore set about recruiting a range of staff to help implement the measures
      included in the LTP. We are obviously not alone in seeking to recruit extra staff and
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      the professional press is full of adverts from other authorities who are looking to do
      the same.

      The Council has been successful in filling seven of the nine new posts, however it
      remains concerned about the national skills shortage and it’s ability to recruit and
      retain suitably experienced staff.

A.1.8 Enabling improvement

      The increase in capital settlement has given the Council the opportunity to direct
      funds to much needed road maintenance and improvements. The Island has a
      limited road network and it is sometimes not possible to provide appropriate
      alternative diversionary routes, particularly where roads have to be closed due to the
      nature of works involved. It is therefore important to co-ordinate work programmes,
      so as to minimise disruption to the general public and businesses, particularly in the
      busy summer tourist season.

      A number of large engineering programmes are currently underway on the Island and
      the Council is looking to develop initiatives, which will draw on experience learned
      elsewhere in industry and reduce the resulting inconvenience to an absolute
      minimum. Details of planned roadworks are included in the local press and radio and
      we are currently examining ways in which we can improve both on site and other
      locally available information.

      The Council recognises it’s responsibility for managing heath and safety issues and
      is committed to improving the health and safety of it’s own staff and those contractors
      working on the highway. Statistics show that most accidents occur when people are
      either not properly trained or are working out of process and the Council will ensure,
      so far as is practicable, that all contractors who undertake work on it’s behalf are
      selected, co-ordinated, controlled and monitored, to ensure that the service to the
      public is improved and any risks to the health and safety of it’s service providers and
      members of the public are minimised.


B     AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO TRANSPORT

B.1   INTRODUCTION

      Transport should no longer be seen as just the method by which people get from A to
      B, but should now take into consideration the broader transport issues, including the
      impact of transport and transport availability.

      Transport is part of our everyday lives and issues such as health, education, social
      exclusion, pollution and climate change are now all recognised as important
      elements of the transport discussions. The LTP therefore sits, as the Council’s
      transport strategy, within the local policy context and must therefore take account of
      a range of related national and local policies and strategies.

      The Transport White Paper stressed the importance of transport integration. This is
      not just making sure that timetables complement each other, but that transport
      related policies are working together at all levels. This means that transport policies
      are now working in tandem with those on health, education and wealth creation.

      Section A of the LTP (pages 15 – 22) contains a detailed account of the relevant
      national and local policies. It is not intended that this document repeat this text in full,
      but instead gives a general overview and update on any revisions that have been
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      made to local and national policy and explain how the guidance and policy they
      contain are being delivered through the implementation of the LTP.

B.2   NATIONAL TRANSPORT POLICY

B.2.1 Government White Paper on transport

      The Government published it’s White Paper on transport “A New Deal for Transport -
      Better for Everyone “ in July 1998. The White Paper set the framework within which
      detailed policies were to be developed and taken forward.

B.2.2 DETR (2000) Transport 2010: The Ten-Year Plan

      In 2000, the Government outlined it’s spending plans in “Transport 2010 - The Ten
      Year Plan”.

      The plan has pledged over £180 billion over the next decade to modernise Britain’s
      transport infrastructure, with spending on public transport, rail and roads. It stresses
      the importance of working together to build better links between differing forms of
      transport so as to give the travelling public a wider choice of quicker, safer, more
      reliable transport.

B.2.3 Transport Act 2000

      The Transport Act 2000 sets out the legal framework necessary to implement the
      proposals outlined in the White Paper on Transport. The Transport Act placed a
      statutory duty upon Local Transport authorities to formulate transport policies, publish
      them as a Local Transport Plan and submit a copy to the Secretary of State.

B.2.4 Road Traffic Reduction Act 1997

      The guidance identifies standards in data collection and forecasting, which although
      not mandatory, are commended to Councils in the interest of robust analysis.

      The RTRA obliges each local traffic authority to produce a report containing an
      assessment of existing levels of local road traffic and a forecast of expected growth
      in those levels. It should also contain targets for reducing the level of local road
      traffic in their area or it’s rate of growth.

      A RTRA report was included in section D2 of the five year plan. The report reflected
      the Island’s particular circumstances, set out existing available transport data and
      provided base information for the long term monitoring of the Plan.

B.2.5 Our Countryside: The Future – A fair deal for rural England

      The Rural White Paper was published in November 2000. It seeks to encourage a
      sustainable rural economy, whilst at the same time reducing rural traffic. The stated
      aim is to retain a “living, working, protected and vibrant countryside”. The document
      is clear that any initiatives must accord with the content of the Governments 10 year
      Transport Plan, Statutory Local Transport Plans and Unitary Development Plan.

      The Rural White Paper sets out a vision for

      •      a living countryside, with thriving rural communities and access to high quality
             public services;


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      •      a working countryside, with a diverse economy giving high and stable levels
             of employment;
      •      a protected countryside in which the environment is sustained and enhanced
             and which all can enjoy;
      •      a vibrant countryside, which can shape it’s own future and with it’s voice
             heard by Government at all levels.

      The Plan highlights the importance of reducing social exclusion by bringing services
      closer to people. It seeks to improve personal mobility and facilitate access to
      services. The Plan identifies methods to make public transport more accessible and
      responsive and improve road safety and reduce the impact of traffic.

B.2.6 Addressing the issues raised in the Rural White Paper

      The Island is a predominately rural area and we are already addressing the issues
      raised in the White Paper through the application of the strategies contained in the
      Local Transport Plan and Unitary Development Plan. The LTP identifies ways in
      which social exclusion issues can be addressed, by making the best of existing
      transport provision, increasing accessibility by public transport and making walking
      and cycling safer.

      The Council recognises the importance of tackling rural issues and is in the process
      of recruiting a Rural Transport Partnership Officer. It is anticipated that this officer
      will work with local and national groups, Town and Parish Councils and other
      agencies to help deliver the aims of the Rural White Paper. An action plan will be
      developed to address the identified needs and issues relating to the provision of
      sustainable transport solutions on the Island.

      The Council will be working closely with Social Services, Rural Community Council,
      Isle of Wight Partnership, Town and Parish Councils, Health Authority and other
      relevant groups to organise and co-ordinate community transport activities and
      develop schemes to address the particular transport needs of each area.

B.2.7 Our towns and cities; the future. Delivering an urban renaissance

      The Urban White Paper was published in November 2000. The document set out a
      “new vision for urban living”. This vision seeks to create towns and cities, which can
      offer a high quality of life and opportunity for all. It emphasised the importance of
      community strategies in developing a long term vision which will encourage
      appropriate urban development as part of an “urban renaissance”.

      The Urban White Paper seeks to achieve:

      •      people shaping the future of their community;
      •      people living in attractive, well kept towns and cities which use space and
             buildings well;
      •      good design and planning which makes it practical to live in a more
             environmentally sustainable way, with less noise, pollution, and traffic
             congestion;
      •      towns and cities able to create and share prosperity, investing to help all their
             citizens reach their full potential; and
      •      good quality services - health, education, housing, transport, finance,
             shopping, leisure and protection from crime- that meet the needs of people
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      The aim of the document is to make towns and cities vibrant and successful whilst at
      the same time protecting the countryside from development potential. The Council
      believes that measures contained in the Urban White Paper can be delivered by the
      co-ordinated application of a range of existing strategies, including the Transport
      strategy contained in the Local Transport Plan and local planning policies as set
      down in the Unitary Development Plan.

B.3   PLANNING POLICY GUIDANCE

B.3.1 Planning Policy Guidance notes

      Planning Policy Guidance Notes (PPGs) set out the Government’s policies on
      different aspects of planning. Local planning authorities must take their content into
      account when preparing development plans and considering planning applications.
      Detailed explanations of the guidance are the LTP sections A.2.2 - A.2.3. (Pages 16 -
      19), but since it’s production PPG13 has been revised and an explanation of the
      latest guidance is included below.

B.3.2 Planning Policy Guidance Note 13 - Transport (PPG13)

      This guidance has been revised since the publication of the five-year LTP in July
      2000. Originally issued in 1994. The revised guidance was published in March
      2001, taking on board the response received to the Public Consultation Draft
      document, issued in October 1999.

      The key aims of the revised PPG13 are to ensure that local authorities integrate
      transport and land use planning, adopt and carry out policies and transport
      programmes which reduce reliance on the private car and encourage alternative
      forms of travel which have less environmental impact. The methods suggested for
      achieving these aims were to strengthen local centres and the rural economy by
      encouraging development close to these centres so as to reduce the need to travel,
      improve accessibility for those on foot, cycle and those who use public transport and
      adopt reduced parking requirements for new development in those areas which have
      good access to public transport.

      The impact that transport can have on issues such as the environment, health and
      social exclusion is now recognised and the latest document builds on the stance set
      out in the original guidance, Transport White Paper and other Government guidance,
      including that for health. The guidance seeks to build on and clarify the approach set
      out in the original planning policy document and strongly promotes the need for
      better integration between planning and transport policy and decision making at all
      levels. It stresses the importance of sustainable development and the need to
      ensure easy transfer between different transport modes.

      The application of policies and strategies contained in the Council’s statutory
      Planning and Transport Plans is ensuring that the strategies play their part in
      encouraging sustainable development, including promoting social inclusion in both
      urban and rural areas and revitalising towns and cities as places in which to live and
      work.

B.4   REGIONAL PLANNING GUIDANCE

B.4.1 Regional Planning Guidance - RPG9

      Issued in March 2001, this guidance note was issued by the Secretary of State for
      the Environment covers the period 2001- 2016. This guidance replaces that
      published in March 1994 and takes account of Planning Policy Guidance notes.
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      The guidance will help shape the region’s environment and guide it’s development. It
      underlined the need to co-ordinate planning and transport policy, stressed the
      importance of taking account of the interaction between transport and land use and
      the high and rising economic and environmental costs of transport in the south east.

      RPG9 has identified the Island as a priority area for economic regeneration and
      developed further the guidance on a range of transport issues including:

      •      minimising the need to travel, by the location of new development close to
             existing settlements;
      •      making the best use of the existing transport infrastructure;
      •      the promotion of sustainable travel - public transport, cycling and walking;
      •      the adoption of maximum car parking standards;
      •      encouraging transport by sea / waterways;
      •      encouraging more environmentally friendly delivery and freight movement.

B.5   LOCAL PLANNING POLICY

B.5.1 Unitary Development Plan (UDP)

      The UDP was formally adopted in May 2001 following a Public Inquiry, which ran
      from 26 January 1999 to 14 May 1999. The plan provides the strategic and detailed
      framework to encourage and guide development on the Island and to protect the
      environment.

      The UDP was developed from the land use and transportation principles established
      in the adopted structure and local plans and was composed taking into consideration
      the content of the latest available government guidance, including PPGs 6 and 13 as
      well as the Regional Planning Guidance. The approach taken in the Plan has been
      to promote development within or close to existing town and rural centres, so as to
      promote sustainability and reduce the need to travel.

      There are strong links between transport and land use planning. The UDP transport
      policies are in line with the LTP and guidance contained in PPG 13. They place a
      strong emphasis on an integrated approach to transport planning, support a
      sustainable land use strategy and set out a range of measures to encourage a shift
      towards travel by public transport, cycling and walking.

B.6   LINKS TO OTHER PLANS

B.6.1 Local Agenda 21

      The Isle of Wight Council and Health Authority have been working together to
      develop a Local Agenda 21 strategy. The document, which was published in
      December 2000, sets out a range of locally developed policies and actions to help
      bring social, economic and environmental benefits to the Island community.

      The Strategy has been developed in conjunction with the Local Transport Plan
      through a process of Island-wide public participation and consultation involving
      organisations, groups and individuals. It was finalised through the use of subject
      based focus groups, including one on transport. This method was chosen to ensure
      that the resulting plans and proposals reflect the views and aspirations of the people
      of the Island. The findings of the LA21 focus group are included in Appendix G8 of
      this report.


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B.6.2 Island State – an ecological footprint analysis of the Isle of Wight

       The “Island State” project was carried out by Best Foot Forward, the Environmental
       Policy and Management Group of the TH Huxley School at Imperial College and the
       Isle of Wight Council. The project explores a methodology for the measurement of
       natural resources usage and links with the environmental aspects of sustainability.
       The study collected and analysed a range of data, including transport and travel
       demand, to determine the Island’s consumption and use of energy and materials.

       The resulting information was used to “map” capacity against demand and produce
       an “ecological footprint” of the Island. The report concluded that if the Island is to
       become self sufficient or bio-regionally sustainable, it would need to be about 2.5
       times it’s actual size, or the population will need to reduce consumption by 56%. If
       carried through, the traffic reduction measures contained in the LTP will help redress
       the environmental balance and reduce the size of the “footprint”. Details of this
       report are available at www.bestfootforward.com

B.6.3 Island Plan for Health and Wellbeing (Health Improvement Programme)

       Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts are required to develop three year action
       plans for partnership working to improve health and tackle the root causes of ill-
       health and social inequalities. The concept of the Health Improvement Programme
       (HImP) recognises the influences of the social, economic and physical environment
       on the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

       The aims of the HImP are seen as follows:

       •      the development of a strategy for meeting the assessed needs of the local
              population, drawing on the knowledge of all key local organisations;

       •      creating a method by which the provision of local services can be shaped;

       •      underpinning effective partnership working, especially between the National
              Health Service and the Local Authority and ensuring the full contribution of all
              local key players in tackling the root causes of ill health and inequalities;

       •      providing strong links to national policy and giving the means to deliver these
              on the Isle of Wight.

       The latest version of the HImP transport strategy is included in Section G.11 of this
       report.

B.6.4 Working together

       The Council is working in partnership with the Health Authority to raise awareness
       about the range of initiatives that each department / directorate is developing, so as
       to form links between programmes, maximise resources and ensure a “whole
       system” approach to identifying priorities for action and agreeing how to deal with
       local problems. Council strategy documents such as the Local Transport Plan,
       Unitary Development Plan and Local Agenda 21 Strategy are key elements in this
       process and the main themes and targets contained in this LTP are reflected in the
       HImP. A copy of the transport section of the HImP was included as an Appendix to
       the full Local Transport Plan and the Health Improvement Programme is currently
       being updated by the Isle of Wight Primary Heath Care Trust, in partnership with the
       Council.


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B.6.5 Links to Neighbouring Authorities

      The Isle of Wight has important cross Solent links to Hampshire via Portsmouth,
      Southampton and Lymington. The Island’s economy is heavily reliant upon tourist
      trade and the goods and services which arrive from the mainland via one of the
      Hampshire ports. It is essential that travel to and from the mainland is frequent and
      convenient. Equally the ability of the Island to generate economic investment is
      directly related to the ease of communication.

      It is essential that the Council is aware of what is happening in Hampshire,
      Southampton and Portsmouth and a close liaison exists between the authorities
      through a number of forums. There are a number of strategic issues, which are
      considered to be of high importance to all authorities within this area and the Isle of
      Wight Council supports these projects.

      Regular meetings take place between officers such as South East County Surveyors,
      Hampshire and Isle of Wight Planning Officers Groups (HIPOG) and Central
      Southern England Regional Alliance (CSERA). The Council is also represented by
      members and officers at meetings of the South East Hampshire Transport
      Partnership.

      Transport policy and strategy in neighbouring highway authorities could significantly
      influence transport on the Island and it is important that the Isle of Wight Council
      takes account of the content of neighbouring authorities LTPs. Those of particular
      interest to the Isle of Wight are the plans produced by Hampshire, Southampton and
      Portsmouth and we are already collaborating with these authorities over items of
      mutual interest. The Council has also contributed to discussions held as part of the
      development of multi modal transport studies, particularly where these relate to
      nearby mainland transport routes.


C     CONSULTATION

C.1   PUBLIC CONSULTATION

      Public consultation is key to the development and implementation of the Local
      Transport Plan. The provisional plan was developed taking into consideration the
      comments and views from a broad range of groups and organisations. Public
      consultation was also carried out through a publicity campaign in the local media and
      advertisements and articles covering the plan were placed in the Isle of Wight County
      Press, which is read by 93% of Island households. Coverage was also provided by
      Local Radio, in the form of news, discussion items and phone-ins.

      Some 500 copies of the Provisional Plan were circulated throughout the Island along
      with over 1000 copies of a questionnaire.

C.1.1 Quality Transport Partnership

      The full five year Plan was developed in conjunction with the production of the Local
      Agenda 21 strategy and through the work of the Island’s Quality Transport
      Partnership (QTP). The QTP is made up of a range transport providers, transport
      user groups, Elected Members and relevant Council Officers. The work of this group
      has helped shape the content of the final plan.


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      The group has recently been reformed with the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce
      now providing secretariat assistance. The group now meets on a regular basis and
      will continue to advise and help shape transport policy, operation and integration
      across a broad range of transport and transport related issues.

C.1.2 Local Agenda 21 Strategy

      The LA21 strategy was developed through feedback achieved through a programme
      of touring roadshows. These events were run in tandem with the LTP participation
      exercise and copies of the provisional plan were displayed and made available at
      each venue. During the events the public were asked what they liked and disliked
      about living on the Island. Over 1,300 questionnaires were returned and analysed

      The LA21 strategy was published in December 2000 and the conclusions of the
      transport group are included in Appendix G.8 of this report.

C.1.3 Best Value

      From April 2000, the Isle of Wight Council, along with other Authorities across the
      country has been working to demonstrate Best Value in the services it provides. In
      practice this has meant looking closely at all of the Council’s services over a five year
      period, consulting the Island’s public on the services they receive, setting target
      improvements and reporting back on progress.

      The Council’s Highways and Transportation section was included in the first Best
      Value review (2000 -2001) and considerable time has been spent examining the way
      in which the Highway and Transportation function is delivered on the Island. The
      best value report is nearing completion and will be reviewed by the best value
      Inspectors in September 2001. Both the report and inspection results will be made
      available to the public as part of the Council’s commitment to consultation.

C.1.4 Ongoing Public Consultation

      The Council already undertakes a wide range of consultations, ranging from large
      scale public consultations to the regular involvement of Town and Parish Councils
      and user groups represented by the Quality Transport Partnership, Cycling Forum
      and others. In addition, more wide ranging consultation work will be carried out as
      part of the Best Value process and a citizens panel has been established under
      which 1,500 local residents, chosen to reflect the Island’s population in terms of age,
      gender and background, will be consulted regularly on certain areas of Council
      services. This panel is being used to examine the service provided by the Highways
      and Transportation section and as part of this the performance of the Local Transport
      Plan. This feedback is seen as being an important part of the ongoing LTP
      consultation exercise and will be particularly useful in monitoring against the targets
      contained in the Plan.

C.1.5 Community Plan

      Over the next nine months the Isle of Wight Council will be working with key partners
      and the public to develop a Community Strategy for the Island. It is intended that this
      will be approved by the Council and major Island organisations in the spring of 2002.
      Some significant preparatory work has already been undertaken through seven
      “themed” brainstorming sessions, including one on transportation. These involved
      over 125 individuals and organisations interested in such topics as health and social
      care, tourism etc and sought to identify key issues as well as resources to assist in
      the development of the Community Strategy.

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     Eight task groups have been set up covering the topics of, transport, learning, social
     inclusion, housing, regeneration - jobs and investment, health and social care, e-
     island and tourism. Cross cutting issues such as equalities, crime and disorder, rural
     issues and local agenda 21 will also be discussed.

     Each task group has a convenor, four from within the Council and four from outside.
     The convenor for transport is the chairman of the Quality Transport Partnership. This
     group will undertake work on the transport element of the community strategy, and it
     is hoped that by building on the existing LTP foundations a co-ordinated approach
     can be developed and the policy framework established by the existing plans brought
     together.

     During the autumn it is planned to involve the public and organisation across the
     Island in exploring various themes and exploring the choices for the Island through a
     variety of events. A draft strategy will be produced before Christmas 2001 and a
     process of formal consultation is planned in early 2002.


D    DELIVERING THE STRATEGY

     This section explains the progress that is being made to deliver the objectives and
     targets contained in the Local Transport Plan during the period from April 2000 to
     June 2001.

D1   INCREASING TRAVEL BY BUS

     The provision of public transport is a key factor in reducing car dependency and
     helping to ensure that the Council meets it’s road traffic reduction targets included in
     the LTP. It is acknowledged that buses have a fundamentally important role to play
     in the delivery of integrated public transport on the Isle of Wight.

     The Council meets regularly with the bus operators to help improve and co-ordinate
     bus services and bus development. Southern Vectis were one of the founder
     members of the Quality Transport Partnership, established in 1997 and are now
     active within the recently revised QTP group.

     The Council is looking to further develop the partnership approach and for it’s part
     has spent considerable sums over the last year installing bus priority lights at newly
     installed signalled junctions. The Council is keen to see the introduction of low floor
     buses and is looking to work with the operators to ensure that the necessary
     infrastructure is in place to facilitate the introduction of easily accessible vehicles.
     The Council has retained consultants to further develop our bus strategy and their
     report should be available towards the end of 2001.

     Targets to be achieved

     •      Increase the use of public transport by 20% by 2010

     Delivering the strategy – April 2000 - June 2001

     The Council has boosted it’s programme of measures to improve bus facilities on the
     Island, including the installation and upgrading of bus stops and introduction of bus
     priority measures.

     Where appropriate, bus priority loops are now being included as part of new traffic
     light, pedestrian crossing installations. Three have so far been installed, as part of
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     an ongoing programme and ninety-seven “tags” have been supplied at cost, for fitting
     to local buses. Bus priority junctions are now in operation at:

     •      Wootton - junction of High Street and Station Road;
     •      Newport - junction of Long Lane and Staplers Road;
     •      Lake - junction of Newport Road and Sandown Road;
     •      Sandown - junction of Morton Common and Perowne Way came into
            operation in July 2001.

     We are continuing to replace and upgrade shelters and two new bus shelters have
     been installed at Safeways at Lake, and four upgraded replacements put in at
     Shanklin Bus Station.

     The Council has put in place an upgrading programme for shelters on strategic inter-
     urban bus routes. This programme includes replacing existing glass with toughened
     glass, new seating and lighting.

D2   IMPROVING TRAVEL BY RAIL

     The Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin route plays an important role by increasing transport
     choice and offering a traffic free connection between stations on the south east coast
     of the Island and the fast ferry service at the Pier Head and Hovercraft which runs
     from Ryde Esplanade to Southsea.

     Targets to be achieved

     •      To increase rail patronage by 20% by 2010.

     Delivering the strategy – April 2000 – June 2001

     The Council is working in partnership with the rail operator and others to maintain
     and improve the rail service and infrastructure provision on the Island. The planned
     installation of cycle racks at Stations and the development of the Park and Ride
     facility at Ryde St Johns Station will help develop the sustainable transport options
     available with this line. The recent improvement of Ryde Esplanade Station has
     greatly added to passenger comfort and safety with the addition of new facilities
     including improved access to toilets and remodelled ticket office and information
     facilities. Other improvements include:

     •      Provision of new toilet at Shanklin Station for people with mobility problems.
     •      Construction of a new access ramp at Sandown Station – to provide access
            from residential area (Perowne Way) suitable for both pedestrians and
            wheelchair / pushchair use.
     •      The installation of new 24-hour colour recording CCTV cameras and
            enhanced coverage at Ryde Pier Head, Esplanade, Sandown, and Shanklin
            Stations.
     •      Ongoing programme of refurbishing the Island’s stations.
     •      On going programme to increase signing and public information at all Island
            Stations.
     •      Introduction of integrated ticketing to allow travel from all stations via the ferry
            to Gosport.
     •      Promotion of the Island and travel by mainland rail and Islandline in
            partnership with South West Trains and the Isle of Wight Council, through the
            Ryde Forum.


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     Ongoing railway development

     The Council is working with the operator to further enhance the use of the rail route
     by the development and promotion of Park and Ride Facilities at Ryde, St Johns
     Station (on the outskirts of Ryde) and Sandown and Shanklin Stations. The Ryde
     St Johns park and ride scheme has received planning approval and issues regarding
     the reuse of contaminated land have been overcome. It is anticipated that this
     scheme and others identified above will be developed further during the next year
     with the hope that they will be brought into use as soon as possible. Additional
     funding through the rail passenger partnership is being investigated and further
     details will be given in the next APR.

     The original rail franchise was due to expire in the autumn of 2001, this has now
     been extended for a further two years. The Council is working with the Shadow
     Strategic Rail Authority and has jointly commissioned a study to examine the future
     options for the railway development on the Island. The study is looking at the
     following issues.

     •      To examine the future options for the development of the Ryde to Shanklin
            rail route.
     •      Investigate possible line extensions to Newport, Ventnor and beyond.

     The following issues are also under consideration:

     •      The possibilities for future franchise options in particular the Council’s role
            with regard to franchise management.
     •      Consider how the role of the line can be enhanced as part of an integrated
            transport system.

D3   DEVELOPING THE ROLE OF TAXIS AND PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLES

     For those people who do not have access to private cars, taxis and PHVs can make
     an important contribution in helping to deliver an integrated and more sustainable
     approach to transport.

     The Council is keen to ensure the highest quality of service offered by Island taxis
     and PHVs and will encourage the use of suitable modern vehicles.

     The Council is examining ways of reducing fares. This is an important issue with
     those using the service and the matter has already been raised with operators, a
     representative of whom is a member of the Quality Transport Partnership. Any
     moves in this area will be considered in partnership with the operators.

     Targets to be achieved

     •      Investigate the deregulation of taxis in conjunction with the operators.

     •      Investigate the de-zoning of taxis and reduction of fares as part of the
            strategy to increase patronage.

     Delivering the strategy – April 2000 - June 2001

     The following progress has been made towards delivering the strategy:

     •      Consultation with general public;
     •      Consultation with the business community;
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     •      Consultation with the operators;
     •      Review of taxi ranks underway;
     •      Active support by the Council for wheelchair accessible vehicles;
     •      A working party has been set up with the operators;
     •      Examination of possible use of taxis under rural transport initiatives.

D4   INCREASING CYCLING

     The Council is seeking to deliver the cycling strategy working in partnership with
     CycleWight, the local cycling group. The needs of cyclists are considered as part of
     highway design consideration and the Council has appointed the local SUSTRANS
     representative on a consultancy basis to actively review the quality of the existing
     provision and advise as to where improvements are required.

     Targets to be achieved

     •      Increase the number of trips in line with the National Cycling Strategy (see G2
            and G3).
     •      Double the number of pupils cycling to school by 2006.
     •      Reduce the number of accidents to cyclists in line with national targets (see
            D6).
     •      Continue to protection and re use of the Island’s disused railway lines for
            sustainable transport use (LTP / UDP Policy).

     Delivering the strategy – April 2000 - June 2001

     •      The Council has joined the National Cycling Forum and is active in the
            development of the group and it’s discussions.
     •      The Council has produced it’s Rights of Way Strategy. This document sets
            out aims and objectives to focus the work of the Council’s Rights of Way
            section in delivering cycling and walking schemes, maintenance of ROW and
            construction of new routes.
     •      The Council is continuing development work through the Cycle Forum (this
            group was unable meet due to pressure on staff time during the foot and
            mouth crisis).
     •      On going development of on and off road cycle routes.
     •      Provision of new cycle route signs.
     •      Enhancement of the Newport to Cowes cycleway by the creation of
            landscaped gateways.
     •      Completion of land acquisition for Newport to Sandown cycleway (12.998KM).
     •      Contract specification drawn up for Brading to St Helens cycleway (1.619KM)
            (completion 2002).
     •      Development of new cycle route guides (16 routes) in partnership with
            CycleWight and Isle of Wight Tourism (publication Spring 2002).
     •      Continuing support of the annual Isle of Wight Cycling Festival held every
            June.
     •      Preliminary drainage works on the old railway track between Wroxall and
            Shanklin (3.777KM) in preparation for cycleway.
     •      Including new cycle provision as part of highway considerations.
     •      Including new cycle provision as part of the planning process – routes and
            racks.
     •      10 advanced stop lines have been provided.
     •      Provision of new cycle racks in appropriate locations – as part of a town by
            town review process being carried out in conjunction with CycleWight (twenty
            four racks in Newport, two at Cowes Marina and four in Ryde).
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     •      Slower traffic speeds introduced in locations where vulnerable road users can
            be expected. (A 20 mph zone was created in Brading High Street in June
            2001.     A quiet road scheme has also been introduced in the
            Alverstone/Adgestone area – see Section D.6)

     Creation of new routes and links –

     •      A new route at Carisbrooke linking Priory Road to Recreation Ground Road
            has created a pleasant, safe off road route into the town centre.
     •      Ryde to Seaview cycleway (2.622KM).
     •      Newport Quay to Medina High School cycleway with continuation to Wootton
            (5.467KM).
     •      Commencement of the Wootton to Ryde cycleway (7.318KM).
     •      New cycleway link from Northwood to the Newport/Cowes cycleway due for
            completion early 2002 (1.344M).
     •      Development of schemes as part of the Island’s Safe Routes to Schools
            initiative.
     •      Recreation Ground Road to Carisbrooke Village (0.917KM).
     •      Alderbury Road to Carisbrooke Park (0.285KM).

     From the beginning of 2002 the Council will be a partner in an Interreg IIIb
     partnership to deliver sustainable transport and tourism projects in accordance with
     the rights of way strategy and LTP.

D5   INCREASING WALKING

     Walking is often ignored as a means of travel for all but the shortest journeys. The
     Council is trying to reverse this trend and is actively looking to increase the number
     of journeys currently made on foot. The town centre environment is not always
     conducive to journeys on foot and conflict with traffic, issues of safety and ease of
     travel, location of crossings and position of street furniture can often be off-putting to
     pedestrians. We have targeted walking as one area where a significant change can
     be made and work is underway in the widening, lighting and creation of pedestrian
     routes across the Island.

     Targets to be achieved

     •      Increase the percentage of walk to work journeys from 17.8% in 1991 to 20%
            by 2006.
     •      To increase the average length of walking trips by 5%.
     •      Increase the number of drop kerb crossings - target to be set in light of
            survey.

     Delivering the strategy – April 2000 - June 2001

     The development of a Rights of Way Strategy has been produced following extensive
     consultation with walking groups and the general public. This strategy has helped
     identify where investment will help increase opportunities to walk, both for travel and
     recreation use.

     The surfacing, lighting and in one case realignment of routes in the Carisbrooke Park
     area has helped increase their popularity as links to Newport town centre. We are
     continuing our programme of street lighting improvement and replacement, together
     with the installation of CCTV cameras. Newport town centre is now well covered and
     work is underway to extend the provision in Cowes in conjunction with the Town
     Council and Ryde under the guidance of the Ryde Forum.
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     The needs of pedestrians are now being considered as part of highway
     improvements – new pedestrian crossings have been installed a part of traffic light
     installation and upgrading at Staplers Road Newport, New Road Wootton and
     Newport Road junction at Lake.

D6   ROAD SAFETY

     Casualties are declining in the longer term and the 1999 statistics for fatal and
     serious injuries have shown an overall reduction of 49% compared to base years.
     However a large increase in slight injuries has inflated the overall figure, with the
     result that the Island’s previous target figure of 427 casualties per annum, was not
     achieved by the year 2000.

     Increasing road safety is a key aim of the Council’s Transport strategy. The ability to
     travel in safety is of high importance in urban areas, where we are trying to
     encourage more journeys on foot and cycle. Rural communities now cite traffic
     speed and volume as areas of concern for those who wish to walk, cycle or ride
     horses on rural roads.

     The Council is working to deliver safer roads by a range of methods. These include:

     •      Working with Town and Parish Councils.
     •      Highway design and road safety measures.
     •      Implementation of the Quiet Roads and Home Zones initiatives.
     •      Working in partnership with the Police with regard to speed enforcement and
            liaison.
     •      Traffic and transport improvements, education and training as part of the safe
            routes to schools initiatives.
     •      Promotion and awareness campaigns through the press and local media.
     •      Healthy school initiatives in co-operation with the Education Department.

     Targets to be achieved

     •      To achieve a 20% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured
            in road accidents.
     •      To achieve a 25% reduction in the number of <15 year olds killed or seriously
            injured.
     •      Achieve a 5% reduction in the slight casualty rate.
     •      Double the number of students travelling to education establishments by
            bicycle.

     Delivering the strategy – April 2000 - June 2001

     The Council continues to work with Town and Parish Councils and has supported
     initiatives by Brading Town Council and Wootton Bridge Parish Council to develop
     their own Traffic and Road Safety Plans. These have involved extensive public
     consultation within the parishes culminating in action plans which have been funded
     through the Local Transport Plan settlement. The Island’s first 20mph speed limit
     through Brading was introduced this year and was an initiative included in Brading’s
     plan.

     The quality of highway design has been enhanced by the appointment of a Road
     Safety Engineer whose primary functions include safety auditing all highway
     schemes.

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     A quiet lanes scheme has been introduced through the lanes of Adgestone and
     Alverstone, between Brading and Sandown on the east of the Island, and work is
     progressing well on a home zone scheme for an area adjacent to St Johns Road in
     Ryde. Following public consultation later this year, it is hoped to have the scheme on
     the ground in the forthcoming year.

     The Council continues to develop it’s strong relationship with the Police, and is a
     member of the Hampshire Safety Camera Partnership which is bidding to be included
     in the roll out of the “netting off” of fixed penalty signs from 1 October 2001. We have
     also developed a draft Speed Management Partnership with Hampshire
     Constabulary although this has yet to be formally ratified by Members.

     Some 6 Safe Routes to School schemes have been introduced during the period
     under review and 5 casualty sites have been treated with low cost remedial
     measures techniques.

     The Council is developing the Key Stage 2 “Step by Step” resource in partnership
     with the LEA as part of the Healthy Schools initiative.

     Pupils at 46 Primary Schools and 16 Middle Schools have received cycle training.
     Our Road Safety team also issues a quarterly bulletin “Safely to School” to all
     schools for teachers and Governors which highlights examples of best practice and
     offers teaching aids relevant to road safety in the context of the national curriculum.

D7   PARKING STRATEGY

     It has been shown that the availability of convenient, easily accessible and cheap
     parking can influence levels of car ownership and methods of travel. The location and
     extent of parking required as part of development is now being considered along with
     land use planning and walking, cycling and public transport initiatives as part of the
     “holistic” approach necessary to influence travel modes and create a situation where
     travel by car need not be the only transport choice available.

     The Council’s parking policy is set out in the Unitary Development Plan. The parking
     policies take account of the government guidance contained in PPG13 and have
     been tailored to the Island’s particular needs and distribution of population.

     Delivering the strategy – April 2000 - June 2001

     •      All planning applications are now assessed on the car parking guidance
            contained in the Statutory Unitary Development Plan and the Council is
            seeking to reduce car parking provision, in those locations where good
            access to other types of transport exist.
     •      The Council is actively seeking the adoption of travel plans by major
            employers, as part of the planning process and through liaison and voluntary
            adoption.
     •      The Council is taking a lead with the production of it’s own Travel Plan.
     •      The Council is pursuing decriminalised parking enforcement to better manage
            parking. The report which has been commissioned is about to go out for
            consultation in the near future.
     •      An Islandwide parking survey has been commissioned to establish current
            parking provision in relation to current demand levels.




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D8   PUBLIC TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE

     Access to the Island must involve a Solent crossing of some sort and the ease of
     interchange and availability of transport and information can play a large part in
     easing a journey of this kind.

     The Council is working with operators to improve transport interchange across the
     Island. The Council is trying to build on the good relationships that have been
     established with Solent operators so as to bring about the LTP strategy, which sets
     out to improve our cross Solent interchanges at Ryde, Cowes and Yarmouth. A
     considerable amount of work has been put into developing a new interchange at
     Ryde. Further details of this project are included in this report in sections F3 and
     G13.

     Delivering the strategy – April 2000 - June 2001

     The Council is working in partnership with those transport operators which operate
     out of Ryde and is seeking to develop a new interchange at Ryde, which will cater for
     those travelling by foot, cycle, catamaran, hovercraft, train, bus, taxi, coach and car.
     A design brief has been produced and the scheme that is currently being developed
     will tie in with the planned improvement to the town and in particular the Esplanade
     as part of a successful Single Regeneration Budget bid for the town. Further details
     of this scheme are included in F3 and G13 of this report.

     The Council is also seeking to improve access for passengers using the Cowes
     terminal and would like to work in partnership with the operators to achieve additional
     safe cycle parking provision and a dedicated park and ride facility. The Council has
     suggested a range of measures to improve the current situation and is hoping to
     develop and improve facilities in co-operation with the company concerned. It is
     hoped that we will be in a position to report progress on this issue in next year’s APR.

D9   PUBLIC TRANSPORT INFORMATION

     The Council recognises that providing easy access to good timetable information is
     one of the key elements in encouraging increased use of public transport in the
     longer term and is working with transport operators in a number of important areas.

     •      The Council is continuing to participate in the Traveline information service.
     •      The Council is being pro-active in ensuring the ready availability of clear and
            comprehensive Island travel information both electronically and in booklet
            format.
     •      Encouragement is being given to operators to themselves provide clear and
            detailed information at as many sites as possible.
     •      The Council is keen to increase the quality and availability of public transport
            information and is examining the potential for real-time information to be
            provided at least on principal bus corridors.

     Delivering the strategy – April 2000 - June 2001

     The Council is a financially contributing partner to the newly established South
     Eastern Regional Public Transport Information 'Traveline' telephone enquiry service,
     whilst the Island's principal bus operator, Southern Vectis, maintains through it’s
     Xephos database, a source of local and national travel information, which is also
     available through telephone enquiry. The Council also makes a financial and
     editorial contribution to the Southern Vectis Isle of Wight Transport Timetable which
     ensures that all operators' services, including bus, rail, ferry or hovercraft, to/from or

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      within the Island, are included in a single handy-size booklet for use by both local
      residents and our visitors. A network map is also produced by the operator.

      Roadside bus timetable information is being increased with departure times and
      route details available at around 620 bus stops (out of a total of around 2000) as well
      as at bus stations. Virtually all Island bus stops now bear the name of the location
      where they are situated.

      The Council is supporting the increased use of the internet for access to public
      transport information and has recently included detailed public transport information
      on it’s own website, with links to those sites already provided by the principal bus,
      rail, ferry and hovercraft operators.

D10   IMPROVING CHILDREN’S SAFETY ON THE JOURNEY TO SCHOOL

      The way in which pupils and staff get to educational establishments can have a major
      influence on both traffic flows and local accident statistics.

      Targets to be achieved

       •      Achieve a 25% reduction in the number of <15 year olds killed or seriously
              injured on Island roads.
       •      Reverse the decline in number of people walking and cycling to school.

      Delivering the strategy – April 2000 - June 2001

      The Council has continued it’s work with local schools to develop    appropriate green
      transport and safe routes to schools projects. Such schemes          are developed in
      partnership with the schools and involve a detailed analysis          of the problems
      experienced in the area and the distribution of questionnaires       for the pupils to
      complete.

      During the period 6 safe routes to schools schemes were put in place. The
      measures that have been put in place include a range of highway engineering
      solutions coupled with education and training.

      The Council is developing the Key Stage 2 “Step by Step” resource in partnership
      with the Local Education Authority as part of the Healthy Schools initiative. The
      scheme focuses on the health, safety and environmental benefits of walking to
      school and looks at personal and social risks.

      Over the academic year 16 Middle Schools and 46 Primary Schools received cycling
      training.

      The road safety service issues informative quarterly “Safely to School” bulletins to all
      teachers and governors, advising them on road safety issues and highlighting
      examples of best practice in road safety. The bulletin also offers the latest teaching
      materials for teachers to use in a road safety context within their national curriculum
      commitments.

D11   EMPLOYER TRAVEL PLANS

      Travel Plans can help reduce reliance on the car and in doing so be beneficial in
      reducing traffic congestion, accidents and pollution.



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      Targets to be achieved

      •      Put in place the Isle of Wight Council’s own Travel Plan.
      •      Ensure that Travel Plans are developed through the Planning process.
      •      Ensure that travel plans are developed in partnership with existing employers
             (see G.3).

      Delivering the strategy – April 2000 - June 2001

      A number of travel plans are currently being developed on the Island. The Council is
      well underway in the development of it’s own plan and having sent out 5,000 survey
      forms to it’s own staff, is now looking to develop a range of appropriate schemes to
      encourage car sharing, travel by public transport and by foot and cycle (G9.13).

      We are also encouraging the take up of travel plans by existing employers and
      through the planning process as part a section 106 Agreement. St Mary’s Hospital is
      developing it’s own plan as a requirement of a planning approval for a temporary car
      park extension. A detailed survey has been undertaken and a number of initiatives
      are being put in place to widen travel choice and reduce reliance on the private car.
      A number of other schemes are currently under discussion, some are being included
      as part of major planning applications, whilst it is hoped that others will be developed
      in partnership with existing employers (see G.9.13).

D12   DISABILITY ISSUES

      The Council is committed to delivering a strategy, which will address the transport
      needs of all of those on the Island and will pay particular attention to the needs of
      those with mobility problems. This includes, people with a disability, young children
      and people with pushchairs and wheelchairs.

      Delivering the strategy – April 2000 - June 2001

      The Council has identified mobility issues as a priority within the Local Transport Plan
      with the consequence that the needs of people with impaired mobility are included
      within the design of any transport scheme. Particular attention is being made to the
      provision of drop kerbs and position of tactile paving in all appropriate situations.

      •      The Council is continuing with it’s programme of upgrading existing traffic
             signals and pedestrian crossings. In situations where it is not possible to use
             audible signals at crossing sites, tactile cones are now being fitted to the
             underside of push button boxes.
      •      The resurfacing and construction of new pedestrian routes to an acceptable
             standard is greatly improving ease of travel particularly for those with
             wheelchairs.
      •      Formally designated disabled bays are being provided in all Council operated
             car parks and are now being included in new parking provision included as
             part of development.
      •      The Council is supporting the introduction of low floor buses and is working in
             partnership with operators to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in
             place to allow their introduction.
      •      The Council is replacing it’s own bus fleet with low floor vehicles.
      •      An access audit questionnaire has been produced and the Council buildings
             examined have been classified in order of priority. Issues examined included
             access, signing, parking and facilities for those with mobility difficulties.
             Progress is now being made to address the issues raised.

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D13   PROMOTING SOCIAL INCLUSION

      Social exclusion can be as a result of many factors, including transport accessibility
      and mobility problems. The Council has a key role to play in helping to alleviate
      these problems and is continuing to work with transport operators and others to help
      address the issues.

      The Council has established a Social Inclusion Group, which includes the Council,
      Voluntary Sector and Primary Care Trust. This group has been examining issues
      relating to social exclusion and is in the final stages of developing a comprehensive
      multi agency strategy on the subject.

      The Council has joined with the Isle of Wight Partnership and Health Authority in
      commissioning a study into cross-Solent travel. The aim of the study was to consider
      the travel needs of socially excluded groups on the Island and make
      recommendations on ways in which cross-Solent travel can be made more
      accessible for those travelling to the mainland for a range of services which are not
      available on the Island. The areas considered included certain health treatment,
      education and employment opportunities.

      The study, which took full account of the national and local policy framework, Island
      population structure, together with current transport needs and costs, concluded that
      it could be possible to address the cross Solent transport needs of the identified
      groups and suggested a number of potential options for further investigation and
      development. These were as follows:

      •      Interest free loans for Island residents seeking employment on the mainland.
      •      Off peak travel card for students in mainland education.
      •      Consolidated travel for those travelling to the mainland for specialised health
             care not available on the Island.

      These options are currently being evaluated with the intention that suitable schemes
      could be developed in conjunction with the commissioning body, socially excluded
      groups, transport operators, health and education providers, Rural Transport
      Partnership Officer and others. The matter has already been raised at Government
      level and discussed with Government Office Officials, consideration is now being
      given as to whether the report and it’s findings can be progressed further with the
      assistance of the relevant Government Ministers.

D14   AIR QUALITY AND ACTION ON NOISE

      Transport can be a significant cause of air and noise pollution and the Environment
      Act 1995, requires that the Council assess potential air quality problems in
      accordance with a clearly defined set of government standards.

      Delivering the strategy – April 2000 - June 2001

      The Council completed it’s first stage Air Quality Review in April 2000. Full details of
      which were included in the full, five year LTP (Appendix 1.4 page 277). The results
      of this review indicated that for the majority of pollutants no further action was
      required in order to meet the air quality objectives. However, for three pollutants,
      nitrogen dioxide, particular matter (PM10) and sulphur dioxide a further more detailed
      review was required.

      The Environmental Health Department commissioned external consultants to carry
      out the second stage process. The stage two review used data collected from the

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      stage one, together with additional data and complex models to estimate ground
      level pollutant concentrations, Island sources and those from mainland with the
      potential to impact island air quality. The results of this stage indicated that the
      national air quality objectives for the three pollutants would be met without the
      necessity for further action (see G.10 of this report).

      The approach and findings of the assessment have been accepted by the then
      Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions (DETR) and the
      Environmental Health Department is currently seeking comments from interested
      parties and statutory consultees upon the assessment findings.

      Following consultation the document will form an integral part of the development of
      the Isle of Wight Council’s air quality strategy across all Directorates. It will link to the
      LA21 and LTP strategies and enable the Council to adopt a corporate, multi
      disciplinary approach to ensure that local air quality is properly taken into account in
      transport planning, transport management, land use planning, energy and waste
      management, enforcement, economic development and other relevant functions in
      promoting sustainable development. The aim being that any decisions taken by the
      Council, with the potential to impact upon Island air quality, will be made so as not to
      adversely air quality and the environment

D15   ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

      The size, location and topography of the Island make it particularly vulnerable to the
      predicted impacts of climate change as a result of pollution. It is estimated that the
      potential sea level rise coupled with changing weather patterns, increased rain and
      higher level of storm incidence could severely impact on some sections of the Island,
      in particular the coast.

      Delivering the strategy – April 2000 - June 2001

      Whilst the Council is doing it’s bit by establishing a strategy to increase transport
      choice, reduce reliance on the car and encourage travel by sustainable means, it
      cannot on it’s own reduce the impact of climate change. The solution rests to a large
      extent on global solutions and with national governments. Locally the Council’s LA21
      strategy sets out the role that we all can play in reducing the harmful impact we have
      on the environment and by applying the policies and strategies set out in the LTP,
      Unitary Development Plan and Island Plan for Health and Well-being (HImP) we can
      start to apply solutions to local issues.

D16   PRINCIPAL ROAD MAINTENANCE

      Consultation with the public has consistently raised road maintenance as one of the
      largest areas of concern. The issues raised relate primarily to the lack of investment
      in maintaining the infrastructure and the resulting poor state of the roads and foot
      ways across the Island.

      The Council is pleased that recent transport settlements have more closely reflected
      the Island’s situation and allowed the Council to move from a “make do and mend”
      situation to a more structured maintenance programme.

      Delivering the strategy – April 2000 - June 2001

      The increase in capital settlement has allowed the Council the opportunity to spend
      more on essential maintenance. Some £338,360 was spent on resurfacing principal
      roads, using Dense Bituminous Macadam overlays, thin surfacing and surface
      dressing. This programme went to plan and the work was completed before the
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      worst of the winter weather. In addition a £63,640 programme of deep structural
      repairs at many principal road sites was undertaken.

      The wettest winter on record has caused considerable damage to the Island’s
      highways, with several coastal footpaths falling into the sea and landslips causing
      considerable damage. The principal road network was severed on the A3055,
      between St Lawrence and Niton with the result that the road is still shut. Consultants
      are at present investigating technical solutions for the reinstatement of this important
      tourist route, but initial estimates put the cost of repairs at over £5 million.

      Works to storm damaged carriageways and paths have taken priority and £386,000
      has already been spent on schemes for permanent reinstatements with further
      spending this financial year estimated at £300,000. This has slightly delayed the
      start of other Capital Schemes but several are now planned to commence in
      September 2001.

      UKPMS has now been implemented and “Course Visual Inspections” were
      undertaken of all classified roads.

      With the doubling of the Capital maintenance for the 2001/2002 financial year
      additional staff have been employed to ensure the programme is met. A £1/2 million
      preparatory small patch planning and base repair contract is underway prior to a
      £411,000 thin surfacing programme in the autumn. A £72,000 surface-dressing
      contract was completed early in July 2001 along with a carriageway overlay
      programme costing £172,000.

      After previous success with insitu carriageway recycling the additional funding has
      allowed a £465,000 programme to be planned for October/November 2001.

D17   BRIDGE STRENGTHENING

      Since the introduction of the 40 tonne assessment programme, the Council has
      strengthened seventeen highway bridges and carried out structural maintenance and
      repair works to a further thirty-five.

      Increased levels of capital funding are now enabling the Council to improve the
      overall condition of it’s bridgestock. The Council’s programme of 40 tonnes load
      capacity assessments for highway bridges has been completed with the exception of
      three structures, which are currently being investigated and assessed.

      Seven bridges with a live load carrying capacity of less than 40 tonnes are currently
      weight-restricted, and another at Afton has been temporarily bridged by a Mabey
      structure. Four bridges will for the time being continue to be weight restricted, whilst
      two, including Afton Bridge, will be strengthened this year and a further two will be
      included in next financial year’s strengthening programme.

      The type of strengthening scheme selected for each bridge is based on the type and
      condition of the structure, the level and type of use of the structure, it’s surrounding
      environment and the need to minimise disruption to the general public. It is
      sometimes possible to keep the existing superstructure in place to minimise
      disruption. Strengthening systems successfully used by the Council have been steel
      support frameworks, steel arch centering, steel anchor tie rods, and lightweight
      concrete infill.




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Delivering the Strategy – April 2000 to June 2001

A comprehensive asset maintenance regime is now being put in place to provide an
improved and more accurate database of highway bridge and retaining wall
condition. This will allow the Council to implement a more proactive structural
maintenance regime in place of the traditionally more reactive programme.

The increase in capital settlement together with additional revenue funding for
inspections has enabled the Council to recruit a Structures Inspector/Clerk of Works
to help implement the improved asset maintenance regime. A more detailed bridge
inspection and monitoring programme will be instituted, together with the creation of
a highway retaining wall database to allow implementation of a formal inspection and
maintenance regime for retaining walls. The Council is working towards a Principal
Inspection cycle of six years for bridges and currently engages external consultants
to provide annual tranches of Principal Inspections.

The 40 tonne vehicle assessment programme for Council highway bridges on
principal and strategic routes has now been completed. The 40 tonne assessment
programme for Council highway bridges on all other routes is near to completion with
the last three assessments underway.

Highwood Lane Bridge, Rookley was redecked in reinforced concrete this year to
remove a 17 tonne weight restriction from an important diversionary route for heavy
vehicles. Phase 1 of a three year redecking and repainting programme on the
Yarmouth swing bridge carrying the A3054 was recently completed prior to the main
summer season. Scotchells bridge at Lake has had parapets upgraded and a raised
footway with HGV kerbs and bollards installed to deter accidental wheel loading on
the footway.

Ongoing programme

The improved capital settlement for this financial year has allowed a number of
strengthening/structural maintenance schemes to be programmed. Design work has
been completed for the following projects: a carbon fibre deck strengthening scheme
for Shide Bridge planned for 2002/2003; a replacement reinforced concrete deck for
Caesars Road Bridge, Newport, with siteworks to be carried out in Autumn 2001; an
overslabbing scheme for Afton Bridge to allow removal of a single lane temporary
Mabey bridge with siteworks scheduled for November 2001; a scheme to part-
replace the arch of Appuldurcombe bridge to be undertaken in November 2001;
upgrading of decorative brickwork parapet and vertical realignment of carriageway
over Wootton Bridge; replacement of Medina Bridge bearings, expansion joints and
carriageway surfacing commencing in Autumn 2001; parapet upgrading to eight
bridges, where bridge parapets do not conform with current containment standards.

Final assessments for the six Railtrack bridges in the phase 1 ‘Bridgeguard 3’
programme were received from Railtrack in June 2001. As phase 1 had commenced
back in January 1999, the Council were disappointed by the considerable slippage in
Railtrack’s assessment programme. Over the last two financial years this slippage
had led to the Council diverting planned design and construction funding
contributions for Railtrack structures to the principal road maintenance capital
programme. Phase 2 for the other three Railtrack bridges commenced in June 2000,
with the final assessments still awaited.

The Railtrack final assessments have confirmed that two Railtrack structures, Ryde
Esplanade Tunnel and Ryde St Johns Bridge, do not have a 40tonne live load
carrying capacity. They are situated on the two strategically important corridors
through Ryde and are currently being monitored by Railtrack in accordance with
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      BA79/98. Both are required to have a 40 tonne carrying capacity. The Council have
      asked Railtrack to undertake Bridgeguard 3 feasibility studies for both structures as a
      matter of urgency. This will enable detailed design to be carried out at the earliest
      opportunity and allow strengthening works to be undertaken in the 2002/2003
      financial year.

D18   RURAL ISSUES

      The Island’s countryside is one of it’s most important assets. The varied geology,
      farming practices and pattern of occupation has resulted in a landscape, which is
      valued and appreciated by both residents and visitors alike.

      Much of the Islands landscape is protected, over 50% is designated as an Area of
      Outstanding Natural Beauty, 11% is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest
      (SSSI) and 10% is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).

      Transport is an important consideration for those living within the countryside, many
      of which must now travel further for everyday purchases and employment.

      The Rural White Paper sets out a vision for a living, working, protected and vibrant
      countryside, which can shape it’s own future and with it’s voice heard by Government
      at all levels. The challenge increasingly being faced by the Council is the twin
      pressures of, producing satisfactory and safe road conditions for local residents and
      businesses, whilst at the same time protecting the countryside from the harmful
      effects of ever increasing traffic.

      Delivering the strategy – April 2000 - June 2001

      A closer liaison has been established between the Highways and Planning sections
      to ensure that the fullest consideration is being given to the design and
      implementation of highway schemes, particularly where they are proposed within the
      AONB and Conservation Areas. A Liaison Group has been set up and meets
      regularly to discuss issues of highway management policy and practice.

      The Council is working in partnership with Town and Parish Councils and others to
      lessen the adverse effects of traffic on the rural environment and a “quiet roads”
      initiative has been established within the rural eastern part of the Island in the
      Alverstone/Adgestone area.

      Other schemes put in place during the period include a jointly funded project with the
      AONB Project, local Parish Council and a volunteer group to restore a roadside pond
      and decorative railings, in conjunction with the repair of the road.

      There is an ongoing ten-year Countryside Stewardship agreement, in conjunction
      with Island 2000 Trust, to re-establish a hedge along 11km (6.831miles) of the
      Military Road. Work has continued on this during scheme the last year.

      The Council is looking to employ a Rural Transport Partnership Officer and is
      developing a Rural Bus Challenge Bid for submission in October 2001 (see B.2.6,
      D.13)

D19   SUSTAINABLE DISTRIBUTION

      The Island’s roads are primarily rural in nature and as a result cannot easily cope
      with the pressures placed on them by the today’s traffic flows. Whilst it is recognised
      that we all benefit from the advantages brought by modern distribution methods,

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      there is a cost in terms of pollution, noise, disturbance, and visual intrusion brought
      about by the use of large freight vehicles.

      Delivering the strategy – April 2000 - June 2001

      We know from the information received from the cross Solent ferry operators that the
      number of commercial vehicles crossing the Solent has risen from 70,000 in 1969 to
      245,967 in 2000. The Council is seeking to address the issues brought about by the
      increasing size and number of lorries using the Islands roads and we are now looking
      to develop a more strategic approach for the management of freight on the Island.
      We have commissioned a study to examine the implications of limiting heavy goods
      vehicles to particular routes and will be able to report progress on this issue in the
      next APR.


E     MEETING THE LTP CHALLENGE

E.1   GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE PLAN

      The Isle of Wight Council received the Local Transport capital expenditure settlement
      in December 2000. The letter included the results of the first full LTP settlement,
      gave details of how transport spending was to be set nationally and explained in
      detail how well the Council’s strategy had performed against the targets set out in the
      guidance.

      The Government response to the plan was generally very favourable. The
      settlement letter stated that the “authority’s local transport plan demonstrates
      considerable progress since the provisional plan submitted in July 1999. The
      approach you have taken to following the LTP is analytical and thorough”. It stated
      that “The Plan contains clear objectives which are consistent with the Governments”
      and “the implementation programme is thoroughly described”. Many sections were
      well received and much of the document was felt to be of a “good” standard. The
      Council recognises that one or two areas were in need of further work and we are
      now looking to address those areas which were felt required further development.
      The table in Appendix G3 gives a detailed breakdown of the Government’s
      comments and identifies the areas that required particular attention and the action
      currently underway.

      Included below is a description of those topic areas which required further
      development and gives details of how the matters raised are currently being
      addressed.

E.2   BUS STRATEGY

      Section D6 of the LTP outlines the Council’s passenger transport strategy, which
      includes rail, bus and ferry. The Council is taking the opportunity to review the
      Council’s approach to bus use and have commissioned consultants to prepare a
      more comprehensive strategy based upon the bus element that was set out in the
      LTP and taking into consideration the Government’s response into consideration.
      This report will be prepared in conjunction with the operators, transport users and
      others, with the intention that the revised strategy will be included in next years APR.

      We are looking to achieve additional funding for bus services and will be submitting a
      bid under Rural Bus Challenge. We are also looking to employ a Rural Transport
      Partnership Officer. The role of which will be to establish a Rural Transport
      Partnership group and by working with the RCC and others within the group,
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      establish a strategy which will identify transport need and provision. Identify how the
      strategy can be delivered and then co-ordinate it’s delivery.

E.3   ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY

      The Council is continuing to review it’s Road Safety Strategy as one of the outcomes
      of it’s Best Value Review into highway services, with a target of completion by April
      2002. A draft Speed Management Partnership Strategy has been developed with
      Hampshire Constabulary.

      The targets the Council has set itself in terms of casualty reduction mirror those set
      out in the Government’s 10 Year Plan. Realistic targets for the 5-year period of this
      Plan have to be set and met. Given that casualty reduction is a continuing initiative
      that already has some momentum, the Council considers a linear progression
      towards the 10 year target as challenging but achievable, and therefore the 5 year
      targets are half of those set out in the 10 year plan.

      These targets are considered to be challenging to the Isle of Wight. Many of the
      sites where casualty clusters have been identified have already been treated with low
      cost remedial measures and where incidents persist, greater investment and hence
      lower first year rates of return are to be expected if further reductions are to be
      achieved.

      Impressive reductions in casualty figures have been achieved in the 8 pilot areas
      where hypothecation of safety camera fixed penalty fines have been reinvested, and
      the Council is an active partner in the Hampshire Constabulary bid to be included in
      the national rollout of this scheme at an early stage.

E.4   EMPLOYER TRAVEL PLANS

      Two travel plans are currently under development on the Island. The Island’s largest
      hospital, St Mary’s has surveyed it’s own staff and is presently introducing measures
      to address the issues highlighted. The Council is also developing it’s own plan; has
      surveyed it’s own staff and is about to introduce measures that will encourage car
      sharing and increase travel by public transport, on foot and cycle (G9.13).

      A survey of the Island’s largest employers has been carried out in conjunction with
      Business Link (now the Isle of Wight Partnership). It is hoped that further
      development of travel plans will take place during the next twelve months. Details of
      the results of those plans under development are included as an appendix to this
      report. The Council has recently employed a Monitoring Officer, part of whose role
      will be to help the development of voluntary travel plans (see G.3).


 F    IMPLEMENTATION AND SUPPLEMENTARY BIDS

F.1   IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAMME

      The Council received a total capital settlement of £5.9m for the period 2001/02. This
      was made up of £2.9m for maintenance with the remainder for integrated transport
      measures.

      The settlement included indicative amounts for the remaining four years of the five
      year LTP. We did not succeed in securing the total amount sought through the LTP
      and have reduced the amount of spend accordingly. The Council is developing a

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         number of schemes to address immediate and long-term transportation issues.
         Details of these schemes are included below.


 BUDGET HEADING                      2001/02       2002/03       2003/04        2004/05       2005/06
 Pedestrian improvements               590,000
 Safe routes to schools                120,000
 New footways                          290,000
 Cycling improvements                  400,000
 New cycleways                         270,000          Details of spend profile for years 2002/06
                                                         to be confirmed following approval by
 PT infrastructure                                                Council later this year.
 improvements                          300,000
 Principal Road schemes                130,000
 Bridge maintenance                    550,000
 Thin surfacing                        411,000
 Insitu recycling                      465,000
 Carriageway overhauls                 300,000
 Surface dressing                      274,000
 Drainage                              250,000
 Safety schemes – single sites         220,000
 Safety schemes – Islandwide
 projects                              150,000
 Safety sites – route sites            180,000
 Adverse weather works                 800,000
 Military Road                         200,000
 Approved LTP budget                  5,900,000
 Indicative capital allocation        5,900,000    5,832,000      5,096,000    5,179,000    5,263,000
 Ventnor Undercliff
 (supplementary bid)                           -    950,000     For submission in second APR.
 Ventnor Undercliff – long term
 work                              Under development – for submission in second APR
 Ryde multi modal interchange      Under development – for submission in second APR
 Newport pedestrianisation         Under development – for submission in second APR
 Original LTP BID
 (as included in full plan)            7,755,000   11,770,000     10,435,000    8,315,000     7,980,000
 Revised LTP BID
 (including supplementary bid)                 -   10,160,000     13,149,000   12,097,000     8,518,000


F.2      SUPPLEMENTARY BID

         The Isle of Wight Council is still trying to address problems caused by the severe
         storms and record rainfall experienced during the last winter. The Island’s coastline
         has been badly affected by the heavy rain and the total collapse of a large section of
         land to the west of Ventnor has resulted in large areas of subsidence, collapse of a
         section of carriageway and closure of a section of the A3055. The closure of this
         road has had a detrimental effect on trade in Ventnor, reduced the number of people

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      visiting tourist attractions along that part of the coast and in effect created a cul-de-
      sac out of one our important coastal routes.

      A supplementary bid has been included in this document to help fund measures to
      address the immediate problems within the area. The Council has commissioned a
      full ground condition survey and analysis of the issues. We will be using the
      information achieved to produce a fully worked up bid in next year’s APR (see G.12
      and G.13).

F.3   PROJECTS CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT

      The Council is currently developing a number of schemes for submission in next
      years Local Transport Plan Annual Progress Report. These are improvements to the
      Interchange at Ryde, the realignment of the A3055, Undercliff Drive, west of Ventnor
      and the pedestrianisation of Newport High Street. Further details of these projects
      are included in Appendix G13.

      Ryde Esplanade – Multi Modal Interchange

      The Isle of Wight Council is working in partnership with transport operators and
      landowners to improve the transport interchange on the Esplanade at Ryde, Isle of
      Wight.

      An initial sketch scheme has already been produced to gauge public opinion as part
      of a wide-ranging consultation process. The Council has now commissioned
      consultants to produce a range of design options to improve the interchange at Ryde.

      A3055 Undercliff Drive, Ventnor

      A supplementary bid has been included in this document to help fund measures to
      address the immediate problems within the area (Appendix G12 and G13). The
      Council has commissioned a full ground condition survey and analysis of the issues.
      We will be using the information achieved to produce a fully worked up bid in next
      years APR.

      Newport Pedestrianisation

      The possibility of increasing pedestrian safety through traffic reduction and
      pedestrianisation has been highlighted both in the Council’s Unitary Development
      Plan and Local Transport Plan. Pedestrianisation schemes are already in place in
      Cowes and Ryde and the idea of removing traffic from part of the Newport’s town
      centre fits well with the Council’s aims and objectives, which are to increase
      sustainable transport and make walking and cycling safer and more popular.

      The Council has commissioned consultants to examine the possibility of
      pedestrianising various sections of Newport High Street and work has already started
      on the development of a wide-ranging consultation process.




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                                                                                            Gross total Net total cost
                                                                                                                       1998-99      1999-00     2000-01      2001-02    2002-03       2003-04   2004-05     2005-06
     Scheme name                                                                     Type      cost


     TOTAL ALL SHEETS                                                                                                     684         681        1320          6408       5405         9085      7625        4980
                                                                                                                           0           2          40            107       230          275       305          345




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     Programme of Bus Priority Schemes                                               BL7      1304          1304
     Provision of New Bus Stops                                                      BI1       50            50            0           0           14            36         0           0         0            0
     Improvements to Existing Bus Stops                                              BI3       101           101           0          10           41            50         0           0         0            0
     Other Bus Infrastructure                                                        BI4       192           192          12           0           0             30       100           50        0            0
     Newport Bus Interchange                                                         IN2       500           500           0           0           0             0        350          150        0            0
     Ryde Multi-modal Interchange                                                    IN6      4720          4720           0           0           7            213       200          2800      1500          0
     Cowes Interchange                                                               IN6       500           500           0           0           0             0          0           0        300          200
     Yarmouth Interchange                                                            IN6       475           475           0           0           0             0          0          150       300          25
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     Bus Related Park and Ride Schemes                                               PR1       182           182           0           7           2             63        50           35        25           0
     Rail Related Park and Ride Schemes                                              PR3       191           191           0           5           10            66        50           35        25           0
     Provision of Cycle Tracks                                                       CY1       751           751          109         79           53           510         0           0         0            0
     New Advanced Stop Lines                                                         CY5       15            15            0           0           0             15         0           0         0            0
     New Cycle Parking Facilities                                                    CY6        5             5            0           0           0             5          0           0         0            0
     Other Cycling Schemes                                                           CY6      2761          2761           0           0           51           205       630          750       590          535
     Programme of New/Improved Footways                                              WA1      4417          4417           0          23          155           634       845          875       920          965
     Newport Pedestrianisation                                                       WA3      1100          1100           0           0           0             0          0          400       650          50
     Ryde Pedestrianisation                                                          WA3       95            95            0           0           0             0          0           70        25           0
     Other Walking Schemes                                                           WA6       110           110           0           0           0            110         0           0         0            0
     Programme of Green Travel Plans                                                 TP6       320           320           0           0           0             0         40           80       100          100
     Programme of Safe Routes to Schools                                             LS1      1962          1962           0          70           55           297       305          400       400          435
     Local Safety Schemes Including Street Lighting                                  LS4       123           123           0           5           63            55         0           0         0            0
     Other Local Safety Schemes                                                      LS5      4821          4821          489         191         369           722       730          745       760          815
     Provision of Other Signalled Crossings                                          RC2       200           200           0          25           53           122         0           0         0            0
     Provision of Unsignalled Crossings                                              RC3       56            56           12          14           20            10         0           0         0            0
     Signalling/Signal Upgrading                                                     TM2       40            40            0           0           5             35         0           0         0            0
     Programme of Other Traffic Management Schemes                                   TM3      1856          1856           0          31          170            95       400          380       405          375
     Programme of Home Zones                                                         TM4      1070          1070           0           0           0             0        220          270       270          310
     Programme of Quiet Lanes                                                        TM5      1342          1342           0           2           20            0        395          360       300          265
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                                                                                                                       1998-99      1999-00     2000-01      2001-02    2002-03       2003-04   2004-05     2005-06
     Scheme name                                                                     Type      cost


     TOTAL ALL SHEETS                                                                                                     684         681        1320          6408       5405         9085      7625        4980
     Brading Traffic Plan                                                            TM7       180           180           0           0           39            21        90           30        0            0
     Other Urban Traffic Calming Schemes                                             TM9       160           160           0           0           31           129         0           0         0            0




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     Provision of New Junctions/Junction Improvements                                RD11      131           131           0           0           31           100         0           0         0            0
     Coppins Bridge, Newport Junction Improvement                                    RD11      450           450           0           0           0             0          0          150       250          50
     Other Schemes                                                                   OS1      1530          1530           0           0           0             0        520          730       150          130
     Programme of Footway Maintenance Schemes                                        MM1       617           617          62          179          64           312         0           0         0            0
     Footway Works Arising from Adverse Weather                                      MM1       275           275           0           0           0            275         0           0         0            0
     Programme of Rural Carriageway Maintenance Schemes                              MM3      3061          3061           0          38           27          1666       250          350       350          380
     Carriageway Works Arising from Adverse Weather                                  MM3       525           525           0           0           0            525         0           0         0            0
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     G.2   TABLE REPORTING PROGRESS AGAINST LOCAL OBJECTIVES AND TARGETS


                          Local Performance                                                           Progress made in        National target to which
     Local Objectives                                                  Local targets contained In
                        Indicator contained in     Source of data                                    2000/01 against local    the local target relates
     Contained in LTP                                                             LTP
                                 LTP                                                                 targets or outcomes
     Environment        Traffic levels on        Data established      • Limit traffic growth to    • Baseline data being    To reduce road
                        Island roads within      from 21 automatic       an average of 1% per         collected from 7       congestion on the inter
                        the three Strategy       traffic counters.       annum over 2000 -            counters in May,       urban road network over
                        Areas as defined.                                2010 on roads within         June, September        the next ten years. (2000
                                                 7 counters in NE        NE Triangle Area. (LTP       2000 -123,083          –2010)




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                        (LTP sections E1, E2     Area (24 hour           para E1)                     vehicles (G9.12).
                        and E3 and summary       traffic flows)                                                              Reduction in car use aim
                        of targets and                                 • Limit the growth of        • 3 counters -           of PPG13
                        measures section         4 counters in           traffic during the           Tuesday in June,
                        D18)                     Coastal resorts         months of June, July &       July, August 2000 -    No direct link to national
                                                 strategy area.          August to an average         45,313 (G9.12).        targets.
                                                 (24 hour traffic        of 1% over the period
                                                 flows)                  2000 -2010 on roads in
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                                                                         the Coastal Resort
                                                                         Strategy Area (LTP
                                                                         para E2)

                                                 9 counters in         • To limit the growth on     • Data collected from    No direct link to national
                                                 Rural strategy          classified roads in the      9 counters on a        targets. Rural White
                                                 area.                   Rural Strategy Area to       Tuesday in May,        Paper – new powers to
                                                 (24 hour traffic        an average of 1.5% pa        June, September        designate “quiet lanes”.
                                                 flows)                  over the period 2000 –       2000 – 53,681
                                                                         2010.                        vehicles (G9.12).      No direct link. (PPG7
                                                                                                                             seeks to reduce car use
                                                                                                                             in the countryside)

                                                 1 counter in Rural    • To have no growth on       • Data collected from    To reduce road
                                                 strategy area. (24      the unclassified roads       RSA counter on         congestion on the inter
                                                 hour traffic flows)     in the Rural Strategy        Tuesday in May,        urban road network over
                                                                         Area over the same           June, September        the next ten years. (2000
                                                                         timescale.                   2000 -1907 vehicles    –2010)
                                                                                                      (G9.12).
                          Local Performance                                                              Progress made in        National target to which
     Local Objectives                                                  Local targets contained In
                        Indicator contained in     Source of data                                       2000/01 against local    the local target relates
     Contained in LTP                                                             LTP
                                 LTP                                                                    targets or outcomes
                                                 Car occupancy                                         • New survey –           No direct link
                                                 levels (recorded in                                     baseline data being
                                                 vehicles                                                established 2001.
                                                 approaching
                                                 Newport 5 survey
                                                 sites)
     Safety             Number of Road           Data supplied by      • To reduce the number          • Numbers killed/        To achieve a 40 %
                        casualty accidents on    Hampshire & IOW         of killed or serious            seriously inured on    reduction in the number
                        Island roads.            Police.                 casualties on Island            Island roads           of people killed or




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                                                                         roads by 20% by 2006.           increased by 15.2%     seriously injured in road
                                                                                                         from 1999/00 to        accidents.
                                                                                                         2000/01 (98 to 112)
                                                                                                         (G9.11).

                                                 Data supplied by      • To reduce the number          • Number of under
                                                 Hampshire & IOW         of under 15s killed or          15s killed/seriously
                                                 Police.                 seriously injured on            injured on Island      Reduce by 50% the
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                                                                         Island roads by 25 %            roads doubled          number of children killed
                                                                         by 2006.                        between 1999/00 to     or seriously injured in
                                                                                                         2000/01 (7 to 14)      road accidents by 2010,
                                                                                                         (G9.11).               compared with the
                                                                                                                                average for 1994-98.
                                                 Data supplied by      • To reduce the number          • Number of slight
                                                 Hampshire & IOW         of slight casualties on         casualties on Island   Better maintained and
                                                 Police.                 Island roads by 5% by           roads increased by     much safer roads.
                                                                         2006.                           29.7% from 1999/00
                                                                                                         to 2000/01 (444 to
                                                                                                         576) (G9.11)

                                                 Data supplied by      • To carry out 40 safe          • 6 safe routes to
                                                 Hampshire & IOW         routes to schools               school schemes put
                                                 Police                  initiatives during the life     in place (April 2000
                                                                         of the LTP                      – June 2001 (D.10)
                          Local Performance                                                          Progress made in          National target to which
     Local Objectives                                                 Local targets contained In
                        Indicator contained in     Source of data                                   2000/01 against local      the local target relates
     Contained in LTP                                                            LTP
                                 LTP                                                                targets or outcomes
     Accessibility      Number of                Data supplied by     • Seeks to increase          Passenger journeys         50% increase in
                        passengers using         rail operator          travel by public           increased by 19,000        passenger journeys 2000
                        Islandline.              Islandline.            transport by 20% by        over the period April      2010 (measured in
                                                                        2010                       2000 – April 2001          passenger kilometres).
                                                                                                   (2.4%) (G9.5).
                                                                                                                              Modern trains and station
                        Train punctuality        Data supplied by                                  April 99 – March 00        improvements.
                        (r new target)           rail operator                                     95.4% of trains within 5
                                                 Islandline                                        minutes of advertised      Improvements in rail




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                                                                                                   time. Increased to         services, raising
                                                                                                   96.8% by April 00 –        standards of service and
                                                                                                   March 01 (G9.5).           punctuality and reliability
                                                                                                                              across the network and
                        Train reliability        Data supplied by                                  April 99 – March 00 =      increasing passenger rail
                        (r new target)           rail operator                                     99.7%                      use by 50%.
                                                 Islandline                                        April 00 – March 01 =
                                                                                                   99.6% (G9.5)
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     Accessibility      Number of                Data supplied by     Strategy seeks to            New survey (baseline       A 10% increase in bus
                        passengers using         Southern Vectis      increase travel by public    data being collected)      passenger journeys by
                        local bus services       and Wight Bus        transport by 20%.            6,128,000 (G9.2).          2010.

                                                                                                                              Improved access to public
                                                                                                                              transport, with one third
                                                                                                                              increase in the proportion
                                                                                                                              of rural households living
                                                                                                                              within a ten minute walk
                                                                                                                              of an hourly bus service.
     Accessibility      Cycling journeys         • Cycle to work      To quadruple the number      2001 Census data           Triple the number of
                                                   data (census       of cycling journeys by       expected end of 2002.      cycling trips from their
                                                   information)       2012 on 1996 levels.         69 people - 5% IWC         2000 level by 2010. (Note
                                                                                                   22 people - 3% St          figure subsequently
                                                 • Cycling to work                                 Mary’s Hospital            revised as part of
                                                   (as response                                    New survey (baseline       National Cycling Strategy)
                                                   to travel Plans)                                data being collected)
                                                                                                   (G9.13).
                          Local Performance                                                         Progress made in        National target to which
     Local Objectives                                                Local targets contained In
                        Indicator contained in     Source of data                                  2000/01 against local    the local target relates
     Contained in LTP                                                           LTP
                                 LTP                                                               targets or outcomes
                                                 • Cycling to                                     • New surveys
                                                   school (best                                     (baseline data being
                                                   value                                            collected)
                                                   indicator).
                                                                                                  • Floating Bridge,       Safer environment for
                                                 • Cycle surveys                                    Cowes – weekdays       cycling, leading to
                                                   (initially at 3   To quadruple the number        7am – 10am/3pm –       substantial increases in
                                                   surveys points.   of cycling journeys by         6pm - winter 128,      both activities.
                                                   Four additional   2012 on 1996 levels.           summer 270




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                                                   survey points
                                                   have been                                      • Newport Cycle
                                                   added in 2001).                                  Track – weekdays
                                                                                                    7am – 10am/3pm –
                                                                                                    6pm – winter 109,
                                                                                                    summer 209             No direct link to national
                                                                                                                           targets
                                                                                                  • Freshwater Cycle
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                                                                                                    Track – Sunday
                                                                                                    10am – 4pm – winter
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                                                 • Numbers of                                     • Twenty four racks
                                                   cycle racks                                      installed 2000/01
                                                   installed (IOW)
                                                                                                  • 10 advanced stop
                                                 • Number of                                        lines established
                                                   advanced stop                                    2000/01
                                                   lines

                                                 • Number of                                      • New survey
                                                   cycles parked                                    (baseline data being
                                                   at cross Solent                                  collected)
                                                   interchanges.
     Accessibility      Journeys on foot         • Travel to work.   • To increase the            Baseline data            Safer environment for
                                                    (census            number of pedestrian       established through      walking, leading to
                                                    information)       journeys to work from      travel plans.            substantial increases in
                                                                                                                           both activities.
                          Local Performance                                                          Progress made in        National target to which
     Local Objectives                                                 Local targets contained In
                        Indicator contained in     Source of data                                   2000/01 against local    the local target relates
     Contained in LTP                                                            LTP
                                 LTP                                                                targets or outcomes
                                                 • Travel to work.      17.8% to 20% by 2006.      13. 3% IWC travel
                                                    (data collected     (Census figure)            survey, 4.0% Hospital    Also included PPG13
                                                    as part of                                     (G9.13).
                                                    Travel Plans)

                                                 • Travel to work     • Increase the length of     24.2% Prism survey
                                                    (PRISM              walking trips by 5%        (G9.10).
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                                                    audit)
     Economy            Number of travel         Local information    • Four Travel Plans          Two plans currently      No direct link to national
                        plans                                           implemented by the         under development.       targets.
                                                                        end of Plan period
                                                                        (New target - see
                                                                        appendix G3)
     Unification        Unification with         Planning             • Better than 85% of         Currently running at     PPGs 3 and 13
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                        planning decisions.      approvals in           residential dwellings      90% but figure may       No direct link to PSA or
                                                 relation to            within development         change as a result       10 year plan target.
                                                 development            envelope boundary.         move from Local Plans
                                                 envelope                                          to UDP (G9.14).
                                                 boundaries. (Data
                                                 supplied by IWC
                                                 planning
                                                 department)
     Maintenance        Condition of principal   Deflectograph        • Reverse the continuing     • Baseline and target    Halt the deterioration in
                        roads                    survey                 deterioration in             data to be             local road conditions by
                                                                        carriageway condition        established. (See      2004 and eliminating the
                                                                                                     Appendix G3)           backlog by the end of
                                                                                                                            2010.
     Maintenance        Condition of local       CVI (Course          • To reduce to 0% of         • CVI survey to be       Halting the deterioration
                        roads                    Visual Inspection)     local road network with      undertaken in          in local road conditions by
                                                 under UKPMS            >70 UKPMS structural         September 2001.        2004 and eliminating the
                                                                        condition index                                     backlog by the end of the
                                                                                                                            plan period.
     G.3   MONITORING - AMENDMENTS TO TARGETS IN FULL LTP

     The Council has re-examined the targets contained in the Local Transport Plan. These revisions take account of comments made in the
     December 2000 decision letter, whilst others are as a result of changing circumstances or information available.

                Topic                          Comment                         Revised (R) New Target (N)                        Reason for change
     Cycling                    Targets to increase cycle use were          To quadruple the number of cycling       The plan should clearly identify targets for
                                included in detail within Section D18 of    journeys by 2012 on 1996 levels.         cycle use and is reviewing the method by
                                the full Plan.                              (R)                                      which it monitors local cycle use. Targets
                                National targets have since been                                                     have been clarified in line with comments




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                                revised and our targets have been                                                    made in Government decision letter 2000.
                                revised in line with them.
     Voluntary Travel Plans     Section D18 of the full Plan gave           Four Travel Plans implemented by         More work will be done in this area during
                                details of the ongoing development of       end of Plan period. (2006) (N)           the next few months. Insufficient targets
                                it’s own Travel Plan, but did not clarify                                            were included in the Plan. (Government
                                the targets against which performance                                                comment - December 2000 decision
                                in this area can be monitored.                                                       letter)
     Disability issues          More work required to quantify targets.     Targets currently under review in        Targets not previously identified.
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                                                                            partnership with local groups and
                                                                            HImP update (N)
     Public satisfaction with   Targets for public satisfaction were not    New target for public satisfaction set   Targets were not previously identified and
     strategy                   included in plan.         Data to be        at 40%. (N)                              will be reviewed through work with citizens
                                established through citizens panel                                                   panel.
                                questionnaire.
     Rail use                   Target for rail punctuality were not        Maintain punctuality above 95% and       Target     not       previously      included.
                                included in the plan.                       reliability at 98% or better. (N)        Information will relate to national targets.
     Road maintenance           The     Plan      did     not included      Principal roads - reverse continuing     More precise targets to be set following
                                maintenance targets for condition of        deterioration     in    carriageway      detailed road condition surveys.
                                principal or local roads.                   condition. (N)

                                                                            Local Roads – To reduce to 0% of
                                                                            local road network with >70 UKPMS
                                                                            structural condition index.
                                                                            (N)
     Links to planning.         The Plan did not include targets for        Establish target for 85% dwellings or    Target set using development envelope
                                planning decisions in relation to           better within development envelope       boundaries established in UDP.
                                development envelope boundaries             boundaries. (N)
     G.4 RESPONSE TO POINTS RAISED IN THE DECEMBER 2000 DECISION LETTER – BASED ON ANNEX D CRITERIA


      Table
                             Topic                                  Area of Concern                                      Response / Action
     Number
              Problem identification/objective      “Plan contains clear objectives which are
       1                                                                                                  No immediate action required
              setting                               consistent with the Government’s”
                                                    “Plan contains good explanation of how your
                                                    transport strategy was developed” but “scope for      This report clarifies the links between the LTP
       2      Strategy development
                                                    further improvement of the clarity of links           objectives and local and national policy.




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                                                    between various topics.”
                                                                                                          The Council is currently examining a range of
                                                    “Proposed       implementation     programme
                                                                                                          potential external revenue sources. Additional
       3      Implementation Programme              thoroughly described” but “did not refer to
                                                                                                          funding could benefit rural bus services Section
                                                    possible use of external funding”.
                                                                                                          D1
                                                    Plan “contains a comprehensive set of targets
              Performance indicators/ targets and
       4                                            covering a wide range of objectives”. “National       No immediate action required
              monitoring
                                                    and Best Value targets have been included”.
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                                                    “Your Plan gives a useful assessment of current       The Council is working with consultants to develop
                                                    bus services on the Island and proposals for          a bus strategy for the Island with the aim of
       5      Establish a bus strategy              improvements”. Strategy is not clear and “gives       establishing a more formal bus partnership with
                                                    impression that strategy is being developed           the local operators. Section D1 sets out the
                                                    piecemeal”.                                           framework for the emerging bus strategy.
                                                    “Your Plan gives a reasonable description of the      This report gives update on rail development and
              Take account of the contribution of
       6                                            services and background to the joint study with       issue regarding franchise. Clarification of policy
              passenger rail
                                                    the SRA”.                                             included in section D2.
                                                    “The Plan contains good description of policy on      No immediate action required.     This report
              The role of taxis and private hire
       7                                            taxis we note that your authority is reviewing taxi   contains update on delivery of programme to
              vehicles
                                                    services to develop mode further”.                    review taxi operation. Section D3
                                                    “Plan contains reasonably good cycling                This APR gives update on progress on delivering
       8      Strategy to encourage cycling         strategy”….Targets for increased cycle use are        strategy and includes targets for increased cycle
                                                    not yet quantified”                                   use. Section D4
                                                                                                          APR gives an update on progress with delivery of
                                                    “Plan contains reasonably strong strategy on
                                                                                                          strategy. The Council is addressing issues raised
       9      Strategy to encourage walking         walking. More details of your proposals for
                                                                                                          and is now prioritising the work necessary to
                                                    improvements for pedestrians would be helpful”
                                                                                                          improve pedestrian infrastructure. D5
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                              Topic                                     Area of Concern                                    Response / Action
     Number
                                                         Plan should clarify how local targets have been
                                                                                                            Sections D6 and E3 set out progress on delivering
       10     Establish and road safety strategy         established. “This is an area which requires
                                                                                                            the road safety strategy.
                                                         further work”
                                                                                                            We are currently carrying out extensive parking
                                                         “Parking strategy meets minimum requirements       survey and examining decriminalised parking
       11     Parking strategy                           ….We note it is based on policy contained in       enforcement. New parking provision is calculated
                                                         your UDP guidance”                                 according to adopted UDP policy. Details included
                                                                                                            in section D7.
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                                                         More baseline data on interchange, particularly    within and to and from the Island. Details of
       12     Public transport interchange
                                                         at Ryde would be helpful”                          progress on Ryde interchange included in D8, F3
                                                                                                            and G13.
                                                         “The Plan makes appropriate links to the
              Consistency with National Planning                                                            Details of recent changes to local and national
                                                         development plan and national; planning
       13     Guidance,      RPG/RTS        and                                                             guidance and links to LTP and local transport
                                                         guidance” but “few explanations of the
              development plan                                                                              policy are included in section B of this report.
                                                         relationship to the Regional Transport strategy”
              Establish    a     public      transport   “The Strategy is basic with no targets or          The strategy is under review and further details
       14
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              information (PTI) strategy                 performance indicators”                            are included in section D8 of this report.
                                                         “Beginnings of an effective strategy”. “We were
                                                         encouraged to see a target for the number of
              Establish an integrated strategy for       safe routes to schools" but “limited evidence of
              reducing car use and improving             partnership working, for example to identify       Further details of this strategy have been included
       15
              children’s safety on the journey to        awareness campaigns and plans for physical         in sections D6 and D10 of this report.
              school                                     measures. It may be that the LTP does not fully
                                                         explain the initiatives which are being
                                                         undertaken by the authority”.
              Measures to encourage voluntary                                                               Details of work by the Council, St Mary’s Hospital
       16     adoption of travel plans by major          “This is an area where further work is needed”.    and development of other schemes are included
              employers                                                                                     in sections D11 and E3 of this report.
       17     Airport surface access                     Not relevant                                       No action required
                                                         “The Plan demonstrates a clear commitment to
                                                         action”. however “More work is needed on
                                                                                                            Further details are included in section D12 of this
       18     Disability issues                          baseline data and quantification of targets and
                                                                                                            report.
                                                         performance indicators”
      Table
                                Topic                                    Area of Concern                                   Response / Action
     Number
                                                                                                            Details are included in this report in D13. Further
                                                       “This was handled reasonably well, with a
                                                                                                            consultation has already been carried out as part
                                                       strong commitment to accessibility.” however “it
              Measures     to      promote    social                                                        of the “Best Value” process. Further discussions
       19                                              was not clear to what extent the different social
              inclusion                                                                                     will be an important part of the development of the
                                                       groups on the Island had been included in the
                                                                                                            Community Plan and as part of the delivery of the
                                                       consultation exercise”
                                                                                                            strategy.
              Co-ordination with any air quality                                                            Latest information included in this report. Sections
       20                                              “This was a strong section in the LTP”
              action plan and action on noise                                                               D14 and G10.
                                                       “The Plan contains a considerable amount of
                                                                                                            This report highlights importance of links between




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                                                       work on the effect of climate change on coastal
       21     Action on climate change                                                                      climate change and the need to deliver
                                                       areas, but relatively little effect on the LTP
                                                                                                            sustainable transport strategy. Section D15.
                                                       policies themselves”.
                                                       “Disappointing roads strategy” Details of priority   Updated information included Section D16 of this
       22     Principal road maintenance strategy
                                                       work required.                                       report.
                                                       “Below average” Programme should give more           Updated information included in section D17 in
       23     Bridge strengthening strategy            information    on    which     bridges need          this report, including progress on bridge
                                                       strengthening and to what weights.                   strengthening programme.
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              Five year forward look at major
       24                                              Not applicable                                       No action required
              highway projects
       25     Detrunking                               Not applicable                                       No action required
                                                                                                            The Council is seeking to recruit a Rural Transport
                                                       “Plan contains good background information           Partnership Officer and if successful is looking to
                                                       and consideration of rural issues which are          introduce a range of measures and initiatives to
              Recognises the particular needs and
       26                                              clearly very important for the island…..more         address rural transport problems. We are also
              special character of the countryside
                                                       information could be given on actual measures        submitting a Rural bus challenge bid which will, if
                                                       proposed to improve rural transport”                 successful, help tackle transport issues on the
                                                                                                            Island. Sections B2.5, B2.6 and E2.
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 G.5   DELIVERING ON TARGET

The Provisional Transport Plan did not include a comprehensive set of targets upon which
the plan could be monitored and as a result many our targets were only developed as part of
the final plan. We are still refining our transport indicators and Appendix G3 of this report
includes some new targets and revisions to those already being monitored. We have
recently employed a Transportation Monitoring Officer and are now putting into place a more
structured approach to monitoring and data collection. We are currently looking at the range
and type of data required to measure the plans performance and hope as a result to be able
to offer a far more detailed picture in subsequent APRs.

Monitoring

We have already expanded our monitoring programme to include a number of new surveys
and we may well add further to these as the monitoring programme is developed during the
next few months.

Our expanded monitoring programme now includes the following new surveys which we feel
will usefully augment those which exist already.

Car use. We are already monitoring traffic flows at 21 points around the Island and are
adding to this information by carrying out regular car occupancy surveys on roads leading
into Newport, the Island’s capital town. This information will add to the car counts and help
show both the number of people travelling into Newport by car and the numbers of people
travelling in each car (G9.12).

Cycle/Motor Cycle monitoring. We are increasing our cycle monitoring points to six within
the next few months with the addition of three automatic cycle monitors. We hope to convert
all routes to automatic counters before the end of the year. A further four counting points will
be added as part of the car occupancy survey, making a total of ten survey points in all. We
will also be monitoring the number of cycles and motorcycles parked at Ryde Pier Head and
Cowes Ferry terminals and motorcycle use will now also be monitored as part of the car
occupancy surveys.

Public transport information. We are now monitoring bus use using information gathered
from Southern Vectis, the Island’s main bus operator. Additional information will also be
supplied by Wightbus, the Council’s own bus fleet. Islandline is now supplying information
on the numbers of people travelling by rail, together with data on rail punctuality and
reliability (G9.5).

Travel to work information. We are using the Census information to establish baseline
information, but are now also using PRISM research “2000 skills audit” to use for
comparison. We are also using workplace information gathered as part of the development
of the two travel plans and through the MORI organised “citizens panel group” (G9.10).

Land use Planning. We are now using information collected by the Council’s Planning
Department to monitor the number of planning approvals granted in relation to the
development envelope boundaries (G9.14).




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     G.6 CONSULTATION PROCESS


     Plan                                   Method of Consultation Used
     Provision Local Transport Plan 2000-      •   Liaison with Town and Parish Councils.
     01 (PLPT) - Section 1.2                   •   Discussions with neighbouring Authorities.
                                               •   Consultation through the production of the Draft Unitary Development Plan.
                                               •   Through the working of Quality Transport Partnership (PLTP Section 1.3).
                                               •   Liaison with cycling, walking and public transport groups.
                                               •   In conjunction with public transport operators – bus, rail and taxi operators.
                                               •   Discussion with other Council Departments.




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                                               •   Discussion with local business community.
                                               •   In conjunction with other Council Departments.
                                               •   Local television, Press and Radio coverage.
                                               •   Distribution of over 500 copies of the Draft Plan. Copies were sent to transport operators,
     Local Transport Plan 2001-06 (LTP)            transport users, business community, Town and Parish Councils, All Council Departments, all
     - Sections B1, B2, B3                         Island schools (Primary, Middle and High Schools), Isle of Wight College, Local Groups,
                                                   Statutory bodies.
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                                               •   Copies were made available at all Island libraries, Council Customer Information Points and
                                                   Council Offices.
                                               •   Over 1000 questionnaires were distributed across the Island and the response used to gauge
                                                   support for the policies and strategy. (LTP section B.1.1)
                                               •   Extensive consultation as part of the preparation of the Islands Local Agenda 21 process. (LTP
                                                   section B3)
                                               •   Through the work of LA21 focus group.
                                               •   Through the operation of the Quality Transport Partnership.
                                              •    Through the development of the Island’s Community Plan.
     On going consultation                    •    Through the Quality Transport Partnership.
                                              •    Work with Town and Parish Councils.
                                              •    Distribution of copies of APR to Island libraries, Town and Parish Councils, major employers,
                                                   transport groups, transport operators, Health and Education Authorities, Schools, IOW College,
                                                   HImP action group, LA21 transport group, IOW Council – all departments, Customer Information
                                                   Points, business community – through Chamber of Commerce and IOW Partnership,
                                                   neighbouring authorities and other authorities in CSERA.
                                              •    Through the local press and radio.
     G.7     BEST VALUE UPDATE


       NATIONAL PERFORMANCE INDICATORS                       Estimate     ACTUAL        TARGET     Estimate   TARGET    TARGET    TARGET    TARGET
                                                             1999/00      1999/00       2000/01    2000/01    2001/02   2002/03   2003/04   2004/05
     COST/EFFICIENCY
     BV 93    Cost of Highway maintenance per 100
              kilometres travelled by a vehicle on            £0.57         £0.33         £0.31     £0.31      £0.31     £0.31      £0.31    £0.31
              principal roads.




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     BV 94    Cost    per   passenger         journey   of    £0.43         £0.45         £0.43     £0.45      £0.43                         £0.43
              subsidised bus services.
     BV 95    Average cost of maintaining streetlights.       £47.08       £47.27        £47.08     £48.73
     BV 95    Average cost of a working streetlight.                *includes climate levy charge from
     Amen-                                                                                                    £52.74*   £54.25     £55.81   £57.41
     ded                                                                          April 2001
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     SERVICE DELIVERY OUTCOME
     BV 96    Condition of principal roads.                    *1             1                1         0       0        0             0      0
     BV 97    Condition of non-principal roads.                *1             1                1    0.062        0        0             0      0
     BV 98    Percentage of streetlights not working as
                                                               0.46         0.41           0.45      0.44                     Deleted
              planned.
     BV 99    Road safety
              (i) a. Killed/seriously injured                   96          74.8           90        91.9       88.23    84.39     80.55     76.72
                  b. slight injuries                           539         348.82          500      386.66     437.99   433.52     429.05   424.58
              (ii) a.   Pedestrians                                         76.38         76.13     53.29       74.95    73.77      72.59    71.40
                   b.   Pedal Cyclists                                      40.94         55.66     40.00       54.80    53.93      53.07    52.20
                   c.   2 wheeled motor vehicle users                       41.73         62.65     85.32       61.67    60.70      59.73    58.75
                   d.   Car users                                          238.58        309.21     392.52     304.41   299.61      294.8     290
                   e.   Other vehicle users                                 25.98         30.86     30.36       30.38    29.90      29.42    28.94
       NATIONAL PERFORMANCE INDICATORS                    Estimate   ACTUAL     TARGET      Estimate     TARGET      TARGET     TARGET       TARGET
                                                          1999/00    1999/00    2000/01     2000/01      2001/02     2002/03    2003/04      2004/05
     BV 100   Number of days temporary traffic
              controls or road closure on traffic           0.71      0.90        0.62*        0.59        0.75**        0.75         0.75    0.75
              sensitive roads caused by local authority
              road works per kilometre of traffic
              sensitive roads.
     BV 101   Local bus services (vehicle kilometres
                                                           4.9m       4.9m        4.9m        4.9m                          Deleted
              per year).
     BV 102   Local bus services (passenger journeys
                                                           6.8m       6.8m        6.8m        6.8m         6.9m                               7.1m




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              per year).
     FAIR ACCESS
     BV 105   Damage to roads and pavements.              95.2%       88%         96%        92.3%          95%          96%          97%     98%

                                * Changed definition for 2000/01       ** Includes climate levy charge from April 2001
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         USER SATISFACTION PERFORMANCE                      Estimated      Figures from User              Confidence
                                                                                                   Base
                   INDICATORS                                1999/00    Satisfaction Survey 2000            Level
     QUALITY

     BV 103    Percentage of users satisfied with local
                                                              80%                53%
               provision on public transport information.

               Have you received or seen any of the
               information that we provide on public                                               1230     +/- 3%




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               transport services in the last 12 months?

                                 Yes                                             36%
                                 No                                              64%

     BV 104    Percentage of users satisfied with local
                                                              80%                46%               1308     +/- 3%
               bus services.
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     G.8 RESULTS FROM LA21 – SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT FOCUS GROUP


     REF             ACTION PROPOSED                                                     COUNCIL RESPONSE

     ST1   Develop negotiations with ferry operators to   The Isle of Wight Partnership have a “severance by sea” project group chaired by the
           identify cheaper fares options for Island      Chief Executive and charged with developing a strategy to respond to the actual and
           residents and initiate a comprehensive         perceived economic and social difficulties relating to out Island status. Together with
           study of comparable crossings elsewhere        the Health Authority, the Partnership aim to commission a consultant’s study
           in Europe                                      investigating the possibility of establishing a subsidised fares scheme targeted at




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                                                          individuals travelling for employment, education/training and healthcare purposes.
                                                          (Note - This study has now been carried out.)
     ST2   Negotiate a concessionary fare system for As above.
           the use of Islanders referred to mainland
           health care services
     ST3   Promote the introduction of new taxi           The Council is actively promoting the use of new taxi vehicles by all and which
           vehicles which are accessible by all and       minimise polluting exhaust emissions. This initiative is focusing upon identifying
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           which minimise pollution and exhaust           savings on the purchase of new vehicles. “Accessibility by all” will also be considered
           emissions.                                     when deregulation is reviewed by the Fire and Public Safety Committee.
     ST4   Investigate the deregulation of Island taxi These issues will be investigated by the Fire and Public Safety Select Committee. A
           services with a view to the promotion of a programme of investigation has been discussed and agreed with the Chairman of the
           more flexible and responsive small vehicle Select Committee. (An update on this issue is included in D3 of this report)
           public transport option, particularly in rural
           areas.
     ST5   Specifically require the introduction of low The Council anticipated that access improvements to buses will naturally occur as the
           floor buses through Council contractual requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Public Service Vehicles
           mechanism.                                   Regulations 1999 take effect from 1st January 2000. From that date all new vehicles
                                                        have to be accessible to wheelchair users and will therefore have boarding lifts or
                                                        ramps that will facilitate access for all.
     ST6   Investigate a more creative use of the A full review of concessionary fares scheme is already in progress.
           Council derived travel subsidy to expand
           opportunities for excluded groups (low
           income, 14-18 years) to enable more equal
           access to Island wide bus networks.
     REF             ACTION PROPOSED                                                    COUNCIL RESPONSE

     ST7   To work with the shadow Strategic Rail Currently a brief for a consultants’ study to examine potential for rail development
           Authority to ensure that current rail links beyond current franchise is being put together with the shadow Strategic Rail Authority
           flourish into the future and are used as a (SRA). (Note - An update is included in section D2 of this report.)
           genesis for the development of further
           connections in the east and south Wight.
     ST8   To ensure that the Local Transport Plan,     The Unitary Development Plan is a statutory document which the Council hope to
           the Unitary Development Plan and the         adopt in early 2001. As an adopted plan the provisions of the document will need to be
           Biodiversity Action Plan are committed to    followed in respect of planning applications unless material considerations provide a
           and followed through.                        valid reason for varying the plan’s policies and proposals. Applicants and objectors




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                                                        have opportunities to challenge decisions which are made outside the provisions of the
                                                        development plan. (Note – UDP adopted in May 2001.)

                                                        The Local Transport Plan indicated the Council’s intentions in respect of future
                                                        transport developments and is the basis for the receipt of Government funding. If the
                                                        Council did not stick to the provisions of the plan, Government funding could be
                                                        withdrawn.
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                                                        The Biodiversity Action Plan, although non-statutory document, will set the basis for
                                                        priorities in biodiversity protection and enhancement on the Island. It is the Council’s
                                                        intention to commit to the key actions proposed by the Biodiversity Action Plan.
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G.9     BASELINE DATA

G.9.1 POPULATION

        Figure 1 shows resident population density derived from the 1991 Census of
        Population. Although this data is now 10 years old it remains the most up-to-date
        population data available at ward level. However the Office for National Statistics
        (ONS) provide county level population estimates on an annual basis. The ONS 1999
        mid year estimate for the Isle of Wight suggests that the total Island resident
        population has increased by approximately 3% since the 1991 Census (from 124,577
        to 128,231).

                                FIGURE 1 : POPULATION DENSITY




      Persons per sq Km
               43 - 122
               123 - 299
               300 - 375
               376 - 873
               874 - 1660
               1660 - 4751




                                                                            Source   : 1991 Census of Population, ONS

G.9.2 BUS TRAVEL

        Last year* 6,128,000 passenger journeys were made on Island buses. Of those
        journeys, 97.2% were made on Southern Vectis buses with the smaller providers of
        Wightbus and Westbrook Travel accounting for the remaining 2.6% and 0.2%
        respectively.
                              * Jan-Dec 2000 Southern Vectis / Apr 2000-Mar 2001 Wightbus & Westbrook Travel figures.


        Southern Vectis

        Graph 1 shows the number of journeys made by passengers on Southern Vectis
        buses between April 1999 and December 2000. The graph shows the monthly
        differences in journey numbers with peaks in July/August and troughs in
        December/January highlighting the demand placed on Island bus services during the
        summer months.

        Journeys are also monitored by boarding location with the Island being divided into 5
        boarding zones (see figure 2 and graph 2).
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                             GRAPH 1 : SOUTHERN VECTIS PASSENGER JOURNEYS
                                               1999 - 2000
                   800
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                              FIGURE 2 : SOUTHERN VECTIS BOARDING ZONES
                                                      Cowes and East Cowes
                                                            (21,700)




                                                                                      Ryde




                                                                Newport
                                                                (19,400)




                                                                                             S E Wight
                                                                                              (27,900)

                                  S & W Wight
                                    (30,100)




                                                                             (   ) – approximate 1999 population

                   Graph 3 and table 1 show the number of journeys in January and August by boarding
                   zone. Comparisons of seasonal journeys show a significant increase in the number
                   of journeys from the “tourism” zones of S&W Wight and SE Wight (109.8% and
                   92.1% respectively) with very little change in the number of journeys made from
                   Newport (capital and main service town). This proves that not only does the Isle of
                   Wight experience an increased service demand during summer months but that this
                   additional demand is heavily focused on tourism areas.



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             GRAPH 2 : SOUTHERN VECTIS PASSENGERS 2000
                         BY BOARDING ZONE

                           S & W Wight                        Cowes & East Cowes
                               17%                                   12%




                                                                          Newport
                     S E Wight                                             27%
                       22%




                                                               Ryde 22%
                                                                               Source : Southern Vectis

     TABLE 1 : SOUTHERN VECTIS JOURNEYS BY BOARDING ZONE
                                                                             % inc                         Ratio
 Boarding Location
                             1999                   Jan          Aug         Jan-
                                                                                           Annual
                           Population               2000        2000                      Journeys      2000    Jan
                                                                              Aug
 Cowes/East Cowes            21,700                 55,501      74,559        34.3         737,157      34.0    2.6
 Newport                     19,400                121,419     131,926        8.7         1,560,342     80.4    6.3
 Ryde                        29,200                 92,020     148,296        61.2        1,336,466     45.8    3.2
 SE Wight                    27,900                 82,294     158,096        92.1        1,319,490     47.3    2.9
 S & W Wight                 30,100                 62,171     130,407       109.8        1,000,543     33.2    2.1
 TOTAL                       128,300               470,541     523,661        11.3        5,953,998     46.4    3.7

            GRAPH 3 : PASSENGERS BY BOARDING ZONE 2000
                                                                  158096
         160000                                      148296
                                          131926
                                                                               130407
                                 121419
         120000

                           74559                      92020
                                                                 82294
           80000
                        55501                                                 62171

           40000


                                                                                           August
                0
                                                                                          January
                     Cowes &       Newport          Ryde      S E Wight
                    East Cowes                                             S & W Wight
                                                                                         Source : Southern Vectis

Table 1 also contains a ratio of the annual number of journeys divided by the resident
population. This gives an indication of the average number of annual journeys
undertaken per resident for each area illustrated. However this annual ratio is of
limited significance due the skew placed on figures by seasonality and thus the
January monthly ratio is considered a more realistic figure. Graph 4 shows that the
Newport zone has the highest ratio which could be attributed to lower car ownership
(see figure 3), more frequent services or be due to data collection methodology*.

*Data was collected by individual, single journey and did not take into account return journeys. Thus
where a return journey occurred the trip was double counted - firstly from origin to destination and
secondly (upon return) from destination to origin, resulting in a higher count for popular destinations.

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                      GRAPH 4 : RATIO OF JOURNEYS TO RESIDENTS

           7                          6.3

           6

           5

           4                                           3.2           2.9
   Ratio




                      2.6
           3                                                                          2.1
           2

           1

           0
               Cowes & East       Newport         Ryde         SE Wight        S & W Wight
                 Cowes
                                                                     Source : Southern Vectis

       Wightbus And Westbrook Travel

       Between April 2000 and March 2001 approximately 158,300 journeys were made on
       Wightbus vehicles and 15,000 on buses belonging to Westbrook Travel, accounting
       for less that 3% of all public bus journeys made on the Island.

       Annual Route Miles

       The Isle of Wight Council collect statistics relating to annual route mileage. Table 2
       shows route mileage by operator between October 1999 and September 2000.

       TABLE 2 : ANNUAL ROUTE MILES OPERATED : 01/10/1999 – 30/09/2000
                                       Annual Route
                 Operator                                   % of Total
                                         Mileage
       Southern Vectis                  2,870,000              88.8
       Wightbus                          161,500                5.0
       Westbrook Travel (estimate)        9,800                 0.3
       Fountain Coaches (private hire)   190,500                5.9
       Total                            3,231,800              100.0
                                                                Source : Isle of Wight Council / Operators
       Subsidised Bus Services

       Last year (April 2000-March 2001) 606,000 bus journeys were subsidised on the Isle
       of Wight equating to approximately 1 in 10 of all journeys undertaken during this time.
       Of these journeys 498,000 were made on services subsidised by the Isle of Wight
       Council equalling an average subsidy of 47p per passenger journey. The remaining
       108,600 journeys were subsidised by Rural Bus Subsidy Grant at a cost of £1.46 per
       journey.

G.9.3 PARK AND RIDE

       The Council operates a park and ride system in and around Cowes during the annual
       “Cowes Week” sailing regatta. On alternate years the week includes races
       contributing to the award of the “Admiral’s Cup” increasing the event’s popularity.

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           Graph 5 shows that since 1995 passenger numbers have increased (bi-annual
           comparison), with more rapid growth evident in “Admiral Cup” years (46.8% between
           1997 and 1999).

                   GRAPH 5 : COWES WEEK SAILBUS PARK AND RIDE SCHEME
                                                                                                        20329
                21000

                                                                                                                 17301
                18000     16103
                                             15851    14662
                                   15172
                                                                                    13850
                15000                                                                         13661
   Passengers




                                                                          11529
                12000
                                                                8868
                 9000

                 6000

                 3000

                    0
                        1991 *    1992     1993 *    1994     1995 *   1996       1997 *     1998     1999 *    2000

                * Admiral Cup Year                                 Year                    Source : Isle of Wight Council


G.9.4 STUDENT TERM TICKETS

           Last year (2000/01) the Isle of Wight Council issued 3,954 term tickets, 3,336 to
           school pupils and 618 to students studying at the Isle of Wight College. Of term
           tickets issued 65.8% of holders used the local bus service, 30.8% an in-house fleet
           bus with the remaining 3.4% using either a contract bus, taxi, train or receiving a car
           mileage allowance (see graph 6).

                                     GRAPH 6 : TERM TICKETS 2000/01


                                     Contract Bus                      Rail

                                           Taxi                            Mileage Allowance


      In House Fleet

                                                                                                       Local Bus Service




                                                                                               Source : Isle of Wight Council




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G.9.5 RAIL TRANSPORT

                          Island passenger journeys by rail have increased by 2.5% (19,000) in the financial
                          year from 1999/2000 to 2000/01 (see graph 7).
                                                             GRAPH 7 : RAIL PASSENGER JOURNEYS


                                                                                                                                              788

                                  800
                                                                               769

                                  780
               Journeys (000's)




                                  760

                                  740

                                  720

                                  700
                                                   April 1999 - March 2000                                       April 2000 - March 2001
                                                                                                     Year                                                      Source : Islandline

                          Train Performance

                          Rail company performance is assessed in accordance with 2 national percentage
                          indicators - reliability and performance.     Graph 8 shows 4-weekly reliability and
                          performance indicators for Islandline, the sole train operator on the Isle of Wight.

                                                        GRAPH 8 : ISLANDLINE - TRAIN PERFORMANCE
     100
                                                                                                                                                                                Reliability
                                                                                                                                                                                      Target
          98


          96
Percent




                                                                                                                                                                              Punctuality
                                                                                                                                                                                      Target
          94


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          01/0                    26/0       21/0        16/1       11/1       05/0       31/0        27/0        22/0       16/0       11/1        06/0        03/0       28/0       23/0
                                                                                                 4 weeks ending :


                                                 Reliability                                 Punctuality                                                       Source : Islandline


                          Rail companies must submit annual returns to the Government in order that service
                          comparisons can be made. In the last 3 years Islandline has continually topped the
                          national league table.
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G.9.6 FLOATING BRIDGE

       A floating bridge is operated by the Isle of Wight Council across the River Medina,
       linking the towns of Cowes and East Cowes. Charges are made for motorcycles,
       cars and vans, whilst pedestrians and pedal cyclists travel for free. Numbers of fee
       generating vehicles are recorded daily (by ticket sales) and cyclists monitored
       periodically by Council enumerators. However no detailed figures are available for
       pedestrians although estimates suggest that approximately 1.2 million foot
       passengers use the service annually.

                    GRAPH 9 : COWES TO EAST COWES FLOATING BRIDGE
                                                                            4861              4839
                                                                                                         5247
                                                                                     4702
              300000                                   7212         5300
                                     5062     5167
                          4481

              200000
                                                                           319739            319707    299686
                                                                                    288019
                                                      254544    261505
                                   236681    225916
                         209449
              100000



                    0
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                         (RF)            (RF)            (RF)            (RF)
                                                                                                    (RF) - Refit Year
                                                                Year
                             Cars & Vans                 Motorcycles                         Source : Isle of Wight Council

       Graph 9 shows the annual number of vehicles using the floating bridge. On alternate
       years the bridge is removed from service for approximately 4-6 weeks reducing
       vehicle numbers.

G.9.7 TAXIS AND PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLES

       The total number of taxis, hackney carriages and private hire vehicles on the Island
       has increased by 10.6% from 1999 to 2000 (see graph 10).

                         GRAPH 10 : TAXIS AND PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLES
                              131
              140                                         120                         121

              120

              100
                                        66
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               80                                                                              56
               60                                                    40

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                              1998                       1999                         2000

                                                         Year
                              Taxis & HC         Private Hire Vehicles         Source : Isle of Wight Council


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G.9.8 CAR OWNERSHIP

     At the time of the 1991 Census over 70% of Island households owned at least 1 car,
     with 22% owning 2 or more. In comparison the Great Britain figures were 67% and
     23% respectively. Figure 3 shows Island households with no car and figure 4
     households with 2 or more cars.

                         FIGURE 3 : HOUSEHOLDS WITH NO CAR




     % of households
           11 - 18
           19 - 25
           26 - 31
           32 - 38
           39 - 45

                                                           Source : 1991 Census of Population, ONS



                     FIGURE 4 : HOUSEHOLDS WITH 2 OR MORE CARS




    % of households
          11 - 17
          18 - 23
          24 - 29
          29 - 35
          35 - 42

                                                           Source : 1991 Census of Population, ONS



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G.9.9 CYCLISTS

     Cycle numbers are currently monitored at 3 census points (locations marked on
     figure 4) with additional survey points to be added in July 2001 (see G5).

     (A)                    Cowes to East Cowes floating bridge;
     (B)                    Newport to Cowes cycle track;
     (C)                    Freshwater to Yarmouth cycle track.

     Graphs 11, 12 and 13 show recent cycle counts.



                                                      GRAPH 11 : CYCLISTS
                                              FLOATING BRIDGE, COWES/EAST COWES
                                                                                                                                                        54

                        50


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                                             20/01/2000                                        25/07/2001                                           Source : Isle of Wight Council




                                                           GRAPH 12 : CYCLISTS
                                                       NEWPORT/COWES CYCLETRACK
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                            40
                            35
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                                             19/01/2000                                       01/08/2001                                               Source : Isle of Wight Council




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                                             GRAPH 13 : CYCLISTS
                                      FRESHWATER/YARMOUTH CYCLE TRACK
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G.9.10 TRAVEL TO WORK

     The 1991 Census of Population contained a question relating to method of travel to
     work which was disseminated by means of a 10% sample. This is still the most
     comprehensive data source and will continue to be so until the release of the 2001
     Census data (expected late 2002). However last year (2000) the Training and
     Enterprise Council’s of the South East region commissioned PRISM Research to
     conduct a “Skills Audit” which also included a question on means of travel to work.
     PRISM approached a total of 9537 workers in the South East region of which 433
     lived on the Isle of Wight (see table 3).


                   TABLE 3 : METHOD OF TRAVEL TO WORK
                               1991 Census (%)         2000 Skills Audit (%)
            Method
                          IW          SE        GB        IW         SE*
       Rail              1.4         4.1        5.8      1.6          4.3
       Bus               4.7         5.4        9.9      9.4          3.7
       Car Driver        52.8        57.7       53.1     38.3        61.5
       Car Passenger     6.6         7.3        7.7      6.3          7.5
       Motor Cycle       2.8         1.9        1.5       3.1         1.3
       Pedal Cycle       3.6         4.6         3.0      3.9         3.5
       On Foot          17.8        11.5        11.8     24.2        10.9
       Works at Home     6.8         5.4         5.0      9.4         6.9
       Not Stated        3.5         2.2         2.4      3.9         0.5
       TOTAL            4,723      22,1843   2,345,223   433        9,537
                                                                               Source : 1991 Census of Population, ONS/PRISM Research

     * SE – TEC regions of Hampshire, Heart of England, Isle of Wight, Kent, Milton
     Keynes, North Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Sussex and Thames Valley Enterprise.




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Graphs 14 and 15 show the change in travel to work methods between 1991 and
2000 for the Isle of Wight and the South East region. The graphs show that 52.8%
of workers on the Isle of Wight drove to work by car in 1991 which had reduced to
38.3% by 2000. This trend is not reflected in the SE region where percentages have
increased from 57.7 to 61.5%.

                                            GRAPH 14 : TRAVEL TO WORK : ISLE OF WIGHT

                    70

                    60
                                                                  52.8

                    50
 % of workers




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                The Isle of Wight graph also shows change in travel to work mode, with increases in
                the numbers walking, cycling and travelling by bus, rail and motor cycle. There is
                also a notable change in the numbers working from home which could be attributed
                to recent technological advances such as e-mail and the internet.

G.9.11 ROAD ACCIDENT CASUALTIES

                Graph 16 and table 4 show road casualties on Island roads between 1996/97 and
                2000/01.

                                         GRAPH 16 : ACCIDENT CASUALTIES

                900

                800             158
                700                             126                                                  112
                600                                                87
   Casualties




                500                                                                98

                400
                                667
                                                589                                                  576
                300                                                515
                                                                                   444
                200

                100

                     0
                           1996/97           1997/98         1998/99            1999/00           2000/01
                                Slight                 Fatal/Serious                     Source : Hampshire & IW Police


                           TABLE 4 : CASUALTIES ON ISLAND ROADS 1996/7-2000/01
                                                                                                       Under 15s
                         Year         Fatal           Serious            Slight           Total
                                                                                                      Fatal/Serious
                     1996/97             5             153                667              825              16
                     1997/98             7             119                589              715              12
                     1998/99             3              84                515              602              14
                     1999/00             6              92                444              542               7
                     2000/01             5             107                576              688              14
                                                                                     Source : Hampshire and IW Police


                In the year from 1999/00 to 2000/01 the total number of casualties on Island roads
                increased by 26.9% consisting of an increase of 14 fatal/serious casualties and 132
                slight casualties (increases of 15.2 and 29.7% respectively). These increases could
                be attributed to the poor weather experienced during winter 2000/01 with the number
                of accidents occurring between November 2000-February 2001 increasing by nearly
                a third in comparison to the previous year (127 to 168).

G.9.12 TRAFFIC MONITORING

                The Local Transport Plan split the Island into 3 traffic strategy areas.

                1.         Rural Areas;
                2.         North East Triangle;
                3.         Coastal Resorts.

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Specific traffic reduction targets were set for each of the areas, to be based upon
2000/01 base data. This data has been collected by means of 21 permanent
automatic traffic census points strategically located around the Island, with 11
counters recording at any one time (see table 5 and figure 4). Prior to 2000, the
rotation of counters was conducted in an ad-hoc fashion with recording location
determined by areas of current interest. This rotation is now to be formalised in order
to provide comparison data for inclusion within the LTP Annual Progress Report.

                   TABLE 5 : LOCATION OF COUNTERS
 Counter      Strategy
                                                 Location
 Number         Area
    1          RA (U)   Rolls Hill, Thorness
    2            NE     Fairlee Road, Newport
    3            NE     Whippingham Road, East Cowes
    4            NE     Eleanors Grove, Wootton
    5            CR     Brading Road, Rowborough
    6            CR     Lake Hill, Lake
    7          RA (C)   Newport Road, Apse Heath
    8            CR     Victoria Avenue, Shanklin
    9            CR     Bonchurch Road, Luccombe
   10          RA (C)   Military Road, Freshwater
   11          RA(C)    Colwell Road, Totland
   12          RA(C)    Yarmouth Road, Shalfleet
   13            NE     Forest Road, Newport
   14            NE     Horsebridge Hill, Newport
   15            NE     Blackwater Road, Newport
   16            NE     Medina Way, Newport
   17            RA     Briddlesford Road, Wootton
   18            RA     Newport Road, Godshill
   19            RA     Ashey Downs Road, Ashey
   20            RA     Newport Road, Afton
   21            RA     Bowcombe Road, Bowcombe

Strategy
                               Description                           Total Counters
  Area
RA (U)      Rural Strategy Area – unclassified road                           1
RA (C)      Rural Strategy Area – classified roads                            9
NE          North East Triangle                                               7
CR          Coastal Resorts                                                   4
                                                              Source : Isle of Wight Council

2000/01 Base Data

For points within both the Rural Strategy Area and the North East Triangle, data will
be collected on an individual Tuesday in either May/June/September. For points
within the Coastal Resort Strategy Area, data will be collected on a Tuesday in
January/February and also a Tuesday in June/July/August enabling a winter/summer
comparison. It is appreciated that occasionally individual point data may be
impossible to collect due to unforeseen circumstances (eg road closures/diversions)
in such cases the best comparison data will be provided. Base line data for 2000/01
is shown in table 6.




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     FIGURE 4 : TRAFFIC MONITORING POINTS                  COWES

                                                                     A
                                                                                            North East Triangle

                                                                              3
                                                                                                                  RYDE
                       Rural Areas               1
                                                                                              4
                                                                 B
                                                           14             2




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                                                                16                     17
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                                                                                                              6          SANDOWN
                                                                                                  7
                                                                                  18                                     Coastal Resorts

           A Road                                                                                     8       SHANKLIN

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       X   Automatic Traffic Census Point
      X    Cycle Census Point                                                                             VENTNOR
           Strategy Area
           Town
           Village
                 Isle of Wight Local Transport Plan – Appendices


                         TABLE 6 : 2000/01 BASE DATA

 Ctr            Location                                      Date              Vehicles
Rural Strategy Area
  1 Rolls Hill, Thorness                             Tuesday 13/06/2000            1907
  7 Newport Road, Apse Heath                         Tuesday 13/06/2000           14725
 10 Military Road, Freshwater                        Tuesday 27/06/2000            2839
 11 Colwell Road, Totland                            Tuesday 13/06/2000            3444
 12 Yarmouth Road, Shalfleet                         Tuesday 27/06/2000            6091
 17 Briddlesford Road, Wootton                       Tuesday 06/06/2000            4815
 18 Newport Road, Godshill                           Tuesday 13/06/2000            7786
 19 Ashey Downs Road, Ashey                          Tuesday 13/06/2000            7931
 20 Newport Road, Afton                              Tuesday 30/05/2000            3462
 21 Bowcombe Road, Bowcombe                          Tuesday 27/06/2000            2588
Total (unclassified)                                                               1,907
Total (classified)                                                                53,681

North East Triangle
  2 Fairlee Road, Newport                            Tuesday 16/05/2000           19763
      Whippingham Road, East
  3 Cowes                                            Tuesday 13/05/2000           12381
  4 Eleanors Grove, Wootton                          Tuesday 13/06/2000           17264
 13 Forest Road, Newport                             Tuesday 13/06/2000            8522
 14 Horsebridge Hill, Newport                        Tuesday 30/05/2000           20841
 15 Blackwater Road, Newport                         Tuesday 06/06/2000           17065
 16 Medina Way, Newport                              Tuesday 13/06/2000           27247
Total                                                                            123,083

Coastal Resort
                                         Summer      Tuesday 01/08/2000           11892
   5   Brading Road, Rowborough
                                          Winter     Tuesday 16/01/2001            8393
                                         Summer      Tuesday 05/09/2000           19938
   6   Lake Hill, Lake
                                          Winter     Tuesday 23/01/2001           15654
                                         Summer      Tuesday 08/08/2000            6572
   8   Victoria Avenue, Shanklin
                                          Winter     Tuesday 16/01/2001            3692
                                         Summer      Tuesday 01/08/2000            6911
   9   Bonchurch Road, Luccombe
                                          Winter     Tuesday 23/01/2001            3034
Total Summer 2000                                                                 45,313
Total Winter 2001                                                                 30,773
                                                               Source : Isle of Wight Council


Historic Data

Graph 17 shows comparisons between 1999 and 2000 traffic flow for 3 counters.
The Rolls Hill counter shows a year-on-year increase of 5.1% (Rural Strategy area -
unclassified road), the Ashey Downs Road counter an increase of 9.5% (Rural
Strategy area – classified road) and the Medina Way counter an increase of 1.5%
(North East Triangle). Unfortunately there is no 1999 comparison data for the Coastal
Resort area.



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                                          GRAPH 17 : TRAFFIC FLOWS 1999 - 2000


                                                                                                          26854    27247
                      30000

                      25000

                      20000
   Vehicles




                      15000
                                                                             7244     7931
                      10000
                                          1813       1907
                           5000

                              0
                                   Rolls Hill, Thorness        Ashey Downs Road, Ashey           Medina Way, Newport

                                  Tuesday 18/05/1999           Tuesday 13/06/2000
                                                                                                     Source : Isle of Wight Council


G.9.13 EMPLOYER TRAVEL PLANS

          St Mary’s Hospital

          In January 2000 the Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust circulated a travel survey to
          all employees based at St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight. A total of 731
          questionnaires were returned with the results analysed by consultants (Mott
          MacDonald) in September 2000.

          The modal split of staff journeys to work is shown in graph 18.


                                              GRAPH 18 : ST MARY'S HOSPITAL
                                                 STAFF TRAVEL SURVEY
                                                             76.0%
                           80%

                           70%
                           60%
          % Of Responses




                           50%

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                           10%                                                                             1.0%      1.0%
                            0%
                                  Bus      Bicycle      Car on Own    Car with   Car with     Foot     Motorbike   Other
                                                                      Hospital   Others
                                                                     Employee

                                                                                        Source : IW Healthcare NHS Trust/Mott MacDonald




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                 Isle of Wight Council

                 The Isle of Wight Council conducted an employee travel survey in April 2000,
                 sending a questionnaire to all Council employees (approximately 5000) of which
                 1388 completed questionnaires were received (28%). Questionnaires were analysed
                 and full phase I results produced. Graph 19 shows how Council employees regularly
                 travel to work.

                 The phase II questionnaire has been drafted including a précis of the main results,
                 new questions and requesting respondent’s personal details (see figure 6).


                                       GRAPH 19 : ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL
                                            STAFF TRAVEL SURVEY
                  80%                             74.7%

                  70%

                  60%
% of Responses




                  50%

                  40%

                  30%

                  20%                                                        13.3%

                                     5.0%                      6.5%
                  10%     3.6%                                                          1.2%      0.6%    0.4%         0.2%
                   0%
                         Bus     Pedal Cycle   Car-Driver      Car           Foot    Motorbike   Ferry   Train    Taxi/Dial-a-
                                                            Passenger                                              Ride/Com
                                                                                                                     Trans

                                                                                                         Source : Isle of Wight Council




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                  Figure 6 : EMPLOYEE TRAVEL SURVEY
                          Phase II - Results and Next Steps
  Last year the Isle of Wight Council sent a travel questionnaire to every Council employee.
  The questionnaire sought information and opinions on current travel to work arrangements,
  work related journeys, awareness of current travel schemes and suggested future travel
  incentives. 1388 responses were received and the results analysed.



  KEY RESULTS

  The Car
  i      74.7% of respondents regularly drove to work with 57.8% travelling
         the whole journey alone.
  i      27.1% of regular car drivers travelled less than 3 miles.
  i      16.1% of respondents had access to a car but didn=t drive it to work.


                              Public Transport
                              i      4.0% of respondents regularly used public transport to travel
                                     to work.
                              i      1.5% of respondents regularly used the bus for work related
                                     journeys.


  Cycling / Walking
  i      5.0% of respondents regularly cycled to work with 0.8% using their cycles for
         work use.
  i      13.3% of respondents regularly walked all or most of the way.


  General
  i      85.1% of journeys to work took less than 2 an hour.
  i      Nearly half of respondents spent between ,20-60 per month on travelling to work.


  The Future?
  i      20.0% of car drivers would consider car sharing.
  i      23.8% of car drivers would consider leaving their car at home if it were not needed for
         work purposes.
  i      28.2% stated better quality and/or a cheaper bus service would encourage them not to
         commute to work by car.
  i      18.1% of respondents would be interested in cycling to work if the Council provided
         better facilities and appropriate allowances.

In light of these results we would like to gain further views on the future of travel. We
would therefore be grateful if you would spend a few minutes completing this form. Please
reply even if you didn=t participate last time!                     Thanks for your time.
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                             EMPLOYEE TRAVEL SURVEY
We were very pleased with the response to that survey. The next step is to identify specific
schemes which will help develop the Council’s “Green Travel Plan”. BUT to do this we need
to ask you to help us by answering just a few more questions!

                      PLEASE CAN YOU COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING

1 Where do you live                                    5   How do you get to work?
  Cowes                                  □                 (please tick main method of travel)

    East Cowes                           □                 Car (on your own)                           □
    Freshwater                           □                 Car with others                             □
    Newport                              □                 Council vehicle                             □
    Ryde                                 □                 Bus                                         □
    Sandown                              □                 Train                                       □
    Shanklin                             □                 Taxi                                        □
    Ventnor                              □                 Foot                                        □
    Yarmouth                             □                 Cycle                                       □
    Other (state) ……………………                                 Motor cycle/ moped                          □

2 Where do you work?                                   6   Please tick those of the following
                                                           you would wish to take advantage
  Cowes                                  □                 of?
    East Cowes                           □                 (Please note - we may need to contact you again)

    Freshwater                           □                 Discount bus travel                         □
    Newport                              □                 Discount train travel                       □
    Ryde                                 □                 Loan for cycle purchase                     □
    Sandown                              □                 Loan for motorcycle / moped                 □
    Shanklin                             □                 Car share / lift scheme                     □
    Ventnor                              □                 Take advantage of pool cars                 □
    Yarmouth                             □                 Take advantage of pool cycles               □
    Other (state) ……………………                                 Additional cycle racks                      □
                                                           Lockers for cycling clothes                 □
3    Hours of work ?
                                                           Showers                                     □
     Do you work full time               □
     Do you work part time               □                 Name and Address
                                                           Name: Mr/ Mrs/ Ms…...………………………
4    Car use                                               Address:……………………………………….
                                                           .………..…………..……………………………
     Are you an essential car user?      □                 Post Code:……...……………………………..
     Casual car user?                    □                 Phone:………...……………………………….
                                                           Email:……………………..……………….
                                                           Workplace:……………………………
                                                           …….
               Please return this form to : Max Burton, Personnel Services Manager,
                       Floor 5, County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD.

           Full Phase I results can be obtained from Chris Wells, Transport Planner (82) 3640


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G.9.14 SOCIAL EXCLUSION

                              Table 7 and graph 20 shows the total new residential units approved on the Isle of
                              Wight between April 1995 and March 2001. The table also shows the number of
                              approved units which were not located within, or on the periphery of, existing
                              settlements. Settlement boundaries reflect the location of development envelopes
                              within existing adopted statutory local plans but do not take account of recent
                              changes resulting from the adoption of the Isle of Wight Unitary Development Plan
                              (18th May 2001)*. (See G.3 ‘links to planning’.)

                              * 2001/02 figures will include new UDP housing allocations, development envelope
                              boundary changes and the reduction in the number of development envelopes from
                              34 to 25.

                                          TABLE 7 : RESIDENTIAL APPROVALS 1995 – 2001
                               Year                            New         Outside                               % Outside
                                                            Residential Development                             Development
                                                               Units     Envelopes                               Envelopes
                               01/04/1995 – 31/03/1996                      769                40                        5.2
                               01/04/1996 – 31/03/1997                      567                29                        5.1
                               01/04/1997 – 31/03/1998                      875                31                        3.5
                               01/04/1998 – 31/03/1999                      1085               133                    12.3
                               01/04/1999 – 31/03/2000                      584                56                        9.6
                               01/04/2000 – 31/03/2001                      828                84                     10.0
                                                                                                     Source : Isle of Wight Council

                              The increase in the percentage of units approved outside development envelopes
                              could be attributed to the “age” of the adopted local plans (1982 to 1990) and thus
                              the reduced availability of “easily” developable sites.

                                                 GRAPH 20 : RESIDENTIAL APPROVALS


                              1200
   Number of Units Approved




                              1000

                               800

                               600

                               400

                               200

                                0
                                      1995/96      1996/97        1997/98          1998/99     1999/00         2000/01


                                       Inside/Periphery Dev Env              Outisde Dev Env         Source : Isle of Wight Council




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G.9.15 CROSS-SOLENT STATISTICS


                                                       GRAPH 21 : CROSS-SOLENT STATISTICS PASSENGERS
                                     9000

                                     8500

                                     8000
                 Passengers (000s)




                                     7500

                                     7000

                                     6500

                                     6000

                                     5500

                                     5000
                                        67


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                                                                                                        Year
                                                                                                                   Source : Hovertravel/Red Funnel/Wightlink

                               The Island is possibly unique in its ability to monitor the number of people, cars,
                               vehicles and freight entering the Local Authority area. Graphs 21, 22 and 23 show
                               cross-Solent movement between 1967/1980 to 2000. Comparisons between 1999
                               and 2000 figures highlight an increase in the numbers of passengers and cars (0.4%
                               and 1.6% respectively) and a decrease in the number of coaches (2.8%).


                                                            GRAPH 22 : CROSS-SOLENT STATISTICS CARS
                1600

                1400

                1200

                1000
 Cars ('000s)




                 800

                 600

                 400

                 200

                                0
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                                                                                                        Year                          Source : Red Funnel/Wightlink




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                                         GRAPH 23 : CROSS-SOLENT STATISTICS COACHES
                   30


                   25
 Coaches ('000s)




                   20


                   15


                   10


                    5


                    0
                     80

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                                    82

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                           (No data available pre-1980)                                     Year                             Source : Red Funnel/Wightlink


G.9.16 MOVEMENT OF FREIGHT

                        There has been very little change in freight movement trends between 1999 and
                        2000. Coastal shipping has continued to decline with a fall of 13.4% in Island
                        import/export tonnage (see graphs 24 and 25) whilst the number of commercial
                        vehicles using the roll-on roll-off ferries has increased by 9.2% (see graph 26).



                                                          GRAPH 24 : NEWPORT HARBOUR :
                                                         TOTAL IMPORT/EXPORT TONNAGES
                                                                                      153408
                           160000
                                                132666           131939

                                                                                                          111725
                           120000
                   Total




                            80000

                                                                                                                               41100                36775

                            40000



                                  0
                                           1959                 1969                1979                 1989                1999                 2000
                                                                                               Year                     Source : Newport Harbour Master




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                           GRAPH 25 : COWES HARBOUR :
                         TOTAL IMPORT/EXPORT TONNAGES


        500000
                                          406173
                       370842                                 370842
        400000                                                                    319868


        300000
Total




        200000


        100000


             0
                    1979                1989               1999*                2000
                      * Revised 1999 figure     Year                   Source : Cowes Harbour Master

    * Local Transport Plan figure of 255,764 has proved to be inaccurate and has been replaced with
    revised figure of 370,842 (Source : Cowes Harbour Master).




                      GRAPH 26 : CROSS SOLENT STATISTICS :
                                  COMMERCIAL
                                                                                     245967
        250000                                                      225325

                                                     188338
        200000


        150000                     120000
Total




        100000      70000


         50000


             0
                  1969           1979               1989           1999            2000
                                                   Year                Source : Red Funnel/Wightlink




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     G.10 SUMMARY OF NATIONAL AIR QUALITY STRATEGY (2000) : POLLUTION SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES FOR THE PROTECTION OF
           HUMAN HEALTH


                                                    Specific
                   Objective      Measured
     Pollutant                                   Objective to be               Concerns                                   Sources
                 Concentration       as
                                                  achieved by
     Benzene     5 ppb            Running       31 December        Benzene is a known human              The major source of benzene is motor
                 (16.25 µg/m3)    annual        2003               carcinogen (cancer causing            vehicle emissions, which nationally (1996)
                                  mean                             substance), and also contributes to   account for 64% of emissions (the majority




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                                                                   the formation of ozone (summer        arising from petrol vehicles), with the other
                                                                   and winter smog).                     major source being industrial processes
                                                                                                         accounting for 15% of emissions.
                                                                                                         (LAQM.TG4)
     1,3-        1 ppb            Running       31     December    1,3-butadiene is a probable human     The major source of 1,3-butadiene
     Butadiene   (2.25 µg/m3)     annual        2003               carcinogen, and as for benzene,       nationally (1996) is motor vehicle
                                  mean                             no absolutely safe level can be       emissions, which account for 67% of
                                                                   defined.                              emissions (from petrol vehicles), with other
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                                                                                                         major sources being industrial processes
                                                                                                         (13& of the national total). (LAQM.TQ4)
     Carbon      10 ppm           Running 8hr   31     December    Carbon monoxide affects the body      The major sources of carbon monoxide is
     Monoxide    (11,600 µg/m3)   mean          2003               by restricting the uptake of oxygen   motor vehicle emissions, which nationally
                                                                   by     carboxyhaemoglobin.       At   (1996) account for 71% of emissions,
                                                                   ambient levels, carbon monoxide       although this figure will be higher in most
                                                                   may affect concentration, with        urban areas. (LAQM.TG4)
                                                                   higher levels leading to more
                                                                   serious nervous system effects.
     Lead        0.5 µg/m3        Annual        31     December    Lead has been identified as           The major source of lead is motor vehicle
                                  mean          2004               causing acute and chronic damage      emissions,   which    nationally  (1996)
                                                                   to the nervous system, effects on     account for 65% of emissions, with other
                                                                   the     kidneys,     joints     and   major sources being metal industries
                 0.25 µg/m3       Annual        31     December    reproductive system. At extremely     (18%) and power generation (5%).
                                  mean          2008               high concentrations lead is toxic.    (LAQM.TG4)
                                                        Specific
                    Objective       Measured
      Pollutant                                      Objective to be                Concerns                                    Sources
                  Concentration        as
                                                      achieved by
     Nitrogen     200 µg/m3 (105    1        hour   31     December    Nitrogen dioxide is a respiratory       The major source of nitrogen dioxide is the
     Dioxide      ppb) not to be    mean            2005               irritant, and is also thought to be a   motor vehicle, which nationally (1996)
                  exceeded more                                        sensitiser, which may worsen            accounts for 47% of emissions, with other
                  than 18 times a                                      other conditions such as hayfever.      major sources being power generation
                  year                                                 There are a number of oxides of         (22%) and domestic sources (4%). In
                                                                       nitrogen       present     in     the   urban areas the contribution of traffic
     Nitrogen     40 µg/m3 (21      Annual          31     December    atmosphere, but it is nitrogen          sources    is  likely    to  be    higher.
     Dioxide      ppb)              mean            2005               dioxide which gives rise to health      (LAQM.TG4).




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                                                                       concerns.
     Ozone        100 µg/m3 (50     Daily           31     December    High concentrations of ozone may        Ozone is a naturally occurring gas,
                  ppb) not to be    maximum of      2005               be noticeable as a slight irritation    generated in the higher layers of the
                  exceeded more     running 8hr                        of the eyes and nose. Prolonged         earth’s atmosphere, the stratosphere, by
                  than 10 times a   mean                               exposure to high levels of ozone        the action of ultraviolet light from the sun
                  year                                                 can lead to damage to the airway        on oxygen modules. However, it can also
                                                                       lining followed by an inflammatory      be formed at ground level by the
                                                                       reaction, and may also act as a         precursors of oxides of nitrogen and
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                                                                       respiratory sensitiser to inhaled       hydrocarbons produced by motor vehicles
                                                                       allergens such as pollen                and industry.
     Particles    50 µg/m3 not to   24   hours      31     December    Particulate matter is a concern, as     The major single source of particulate
     (PM10)       be    exceeded    mean            2004               it has been linked with both            matter is the motor vehicle, which
                  more than 35                                         increased morbidity and premature       nationally (1996) accounts for 24% of
                  times a year                                         mortality, estimates have placed        emissions, with other major sources being
                                                                       the figure as high as 10,000            industrial emissions (38%) and power
                                                                       excess premature deaths per year        stations (16%) and domestic and other low
                                                                       for the whole of the UK.                power combustion (17%). (LAQM.TG4).
                                                                                                               These represent the primary PM10
                                                                                                               emissions. Additional contributions to the
                                                                                                               atmosphere arise from secondary particles
                  40 µg/m3          Annual          31     December
                                    mean            2004                                                       which are formed through chemical
                                                                                                               reactions involving nitrogen dioxide and
                                                                                                               sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere. Further
                                                                                                               significant sources of primary PM10
                                                                                                               include sea salt, road dust and wind blown
                                                                                                               soil.
                                                    Specific
                   Objective      Measured
     Pollutant                                   Objective to be                Concerns                                     Sources
                 Concentration       as
                                                  achieved by
     Sulphur     350      µg/m3   1      hour   31     December    Sulphur dioxide is an acute             Nationally (1996) the major source of
     Dioxide     (132 ppb) not    mean          2004               respiratory irritant, hence the short   sulphur dioxide is power stations, which
     (SO2)       to be exceeded                                    averaging time for the standard.        account for 65% of emissions, with other
                 more than 24                                      Sulphur dioxide may also be             major sources being industrial emissions
                 times a year                                      converted       through     chemical    (24%) and commercial and domestic
                                                                   reactions in the atmosphere to          heating (6%). (LAQM.TG4). Many large
                 125 µg/m3 (47    24     hour   31     December    secondary sulphate particulate          point sources are regulated by the
                 ppb) not to be   mean          2004               matter (PM10).                          Environment      Agency,       who     review
                 exceeded more




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                                                                                                           emission limits for industrial plant on a four
                 than 3 times a                                                                            yearly basis.
                 year
                 266      µg/m3   15   minute   31     December
                 (100 ppb) not    mean          2005
                 to be exceeded
                 more than 35
                 times a year
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     G.11 ISLE OF WIGHT PLAN FOR HEALTH AND WELLBEING (HImP)

     This programme is under development with: Chris Bartlett (Traffic Management Officer, Hampshire Police), Kevin Burton (Senior Traffic
     Engineer), Brian Crane (Traffic Education Officer), Angela Mawle (Agenda 21 Officer) and Chris Wells (Local Transport Planner).

     SECTION 16: TRANSPORT
                                                                             Lead agencies
      Ref.                                                                                               Milestones and measures
                                        Task                                   (Delivery
      No.                                                                                                (Monitoring mechanisms)
                                                                              mechanism)




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      16.1   Local Transport Plan (LTP)
             Continue to ensure the LTP addresses health and well-being       IWC/transport      Identified health and inclusion issues fed into
             and social inclusion issues.                                       providers        annual review of LTP. (HIMP Action Group
                                                                            (Quality Transport   updates.)
                                                                               Partnership)
      16.2   Promoting cycling and walking
             Ongoing development of cycleway network, 'park & ride'               IWC            Ongoing improvement in facilities for cyclists
             schemes and evaluation of 'Quiet Road' initiative.                                  in line with LTP.
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                                                                                                 Ongoing development of Ryde-Newport and
                                                                                                 Newport-Sandown cycleways.
                                                                                                 Cowes to Southampton 'park & ride' scheme
                                                                                                 established.
                                                                                                 New 'Quiet Road' development plans
                                                                                                 incorporated into the LTP. (Annual review of
                                                                                                 LTP.)
      16.3   Accident and casualty reduction
             Take forward a range of accident remedial schemes, including         IWC            Schemes delivered in accordance              with
             signage and visibility improvements, safety surfacing and                           identified expenditure in LTP.
             improved junction layouts at identified traffic black-spots.
             Participate in a partnership programme between Hampshire          IWC/Hants         Schemes implemented at sites where speed
             Constabulary and Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and          Constabulary       is identified as a significant contributory factor
             IW Councils to use income from speed penalty enforcements                           to accidents.
             to fund appropriate traffic management schemes.
     SECTION 16: TRANSPORT
                                                                                 Lead agencies
     Ref.                                                                                                  Milestones and measures
                                         Task                                      (Delivery
     No.                                                                                                   (Monitoring mechanisms)
                                                                                  mechanism)
     16.4   Safe Routes to School
            Ongoing development of 'Safe Routes to School' programme                  IWC           Schemes developed in accordance with
            through work with children and parents to identify engineering                          capital programme.
            measures which will encourage more families to walk to
            school.
     16.5   Promoting traffic-free areas
            Continue to develop 'traffic quiet' areas in town centres and             IWC           Ongoing development of 'Home Zones'




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            'home zones' in residential areas, to promote safety for                                traffic-quiet cells within SRB programme.
            pedestrians and cyclists.
     16.6   Rural transport initiatives
            Rural Transport Partnership Officer to develop a strategy              IWC/RCC          Strategy developed and used to secure
            which meets identified unmet needs, particularly for socially                           funding.
            excluded groups and people who are geographically isolated.                             Continuation of Wight Wheels Project.
                                                                                                    Rural bus grants targets to reduce social
                                                                                                    isolation.
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     16.7   Cross-Solent travel
            To be agreed.                                                        IWC/IWP/PCT        Development of schemes and initiatives to
                                                                                                    facilitate cross-Solent travel.
     16.8   User involvement
            Use the Quality Transport Partnership to bring transport            Quality Transport   Development of the Community Strategy.
            providers and users together to identify transport priorities for     Partnership       Ongoing consultation and liaison.
            the future. Lead input into the development of transport
            section of the Island's Community Strategy.
     16.9   Green Travel Plans
            Take forward the development of Green Travel Plans for              IWC & partners      Implementation of Travel Plan for IW Council.
            St Marys Hospital and IW Council, incorporating improved                                Implementation of Travel Plan for St Marys
            facilities for cyclists, car sharing and increased use of public                        Hospital.
            transport.
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 G.12 SUPPLEMENTARY BID

CONSTRUCTION OF A TEMPORARY ROAD - A3055 UNDERCLIFF DRIVE, NITON

The A3055 Undercliff Drive is the principal coastal road linking the coastal resorts of
Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor with Niton, Chale and settlements in the west of the Island.

It is an important route for people living, working and operating businesses in the Ventnor,
St Lawrence and Niton area and is also popular with tourists who visit it’s many tourist
attractions and appreciate the scenic beauty of this road, which forms part of the informal
‘Round the Island’ route. The road provides access to the attractive coastline and beaches,
as well as a range of popular tourist attractions, and facilities, including the Rare Breeds
Park, Botanic Gardens, Isle of Wight Studio Glass, St Catherine’s Lighthouse, a number of
public houses, hotels, guest houses, camping and caravan sites. The area was badly
affected by the rain that fell last winter and in March 2001 and the road was breached by a
major landslip, which affected an area between Ventnor and Niton village, adjacent to a
property know as ‘Beauchamp House’.

The winter of 2000/2001 was the wettest since records began and this resulted in extensive
landslide activity along the southern coast of the Island. The severing of the strategic road
network happened over a short period of time, could not have been foreseen or included
within a bid in the full five year Local Transport Plan.

Traffic is currently routed along an alternative diversionary route, but this is considered to be
totally unsuitable in the longer term, on account the width of the roads, necessity to travel
through residential areas, both in Ventnor and villages along the route, it’s poor structural
condition, and concerns over safety due to poor forward visibility. The Council believes that
it is essential that Undercliff Drive be re-opened as a priority and has employed consulting
engineers who are preparing schemes for five instability problems sites along the lengths of
Undercliff Drive, between St Lawrence and Niton, where the road is at varying degrees of
risk. It is envisaged that these works will cost in the region of £5.6 million and a fully worked
up bid will be made as part of next years LTP Annual Progress Report submission.
Realistically this scheme could not be prepared and undertaken in less than two years and
this supplementary bid has been included to fund the construction of a temporary road
around the major landslip at Beauchamp House, with the hope that if the bid is successful
this temporary route could be open by next summer’s tourist season.

The 260 metre temporary diversion would be routed to the north of the present A3055 and
would pass through the property known as Beauchamp Cottage. The owner of both
Beauchamp House and Cottage has moved out, as both properties are showing signs of
structural damage as a result of ground movement. At the present time it seems likely that
his property insurance will cover the loss of the buildings and allow re routing through this
area.

It is anticipated that the major scheme for submission next year will provide a
comprehensive solution to the instability on Undercliff Drive and will include measures such
as dewatering wells, piling and land drainage in the vicinity of Beauchamp House, to ensure
the long term life (minimum 50 years) life of the road. Since these works will not form part of
the temporary solution, instrumentation will need to be installed both as a landslide early
warning system and to provide information to assist the detailed design.

The cost of designing and constructing the temporary road along with the provision of
monitoring equipment is estimated at £950,000. However, since the permanent replacement
for the A3055 will be on the same alignment, it is envisaged duplication of work on both the
temporary and permanent solutions will be minimised. Whilst it could be possible to fund
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this work from the existing LTP allocations, it is considered that this level of spend would
severely hamper the Council’s ability to deliver the capital programme, which is urgently
required to address the other identified transportation needs across the Island.

Compliance with LTP policy

The reinstatement of this road is consistent with the strategy contained in the Council’s Local
Transport Plan, particularly with regards to maintaining the local economy (LTP section
C6.6.6), reduction of social exclusion (LTP section C11) and increasing public transport
accessibility (sections D.6.2 – D.6.4.). The reopening the road will be of economic benefit to
the Island, which is heavily reliant on tourism, but in particular the businesses and tourist
attractions that are located in the vicinity of the road closure, encompassing an area from
Ventnor to Niton. The Council has created a temporary footpath/cycleway around the
landslip and is working with Ventnor Regeneration Partnership to try to address public
transport accessibility problems that are being experienced in the area as a result of the
severance of the bus route.

Failure to reinstate this route would be both a blow to the local economy and force redirected
traffic onto unsuitable roads on a permanent basis. The alternative routes take traffic onto
what were previously lightly trafficked residential streets and along rural routes, which are
themselves narrow, and in places structurally poor.

Additional information

Traffic flows - 24 hour

Location                                                                                 24 hour flows
Undercliff Drive, Ventnor (prior to closure)                                                  5250
Alternative route (counted at Kemming Road, Whitwell) - prior to                              2386
closure of Undercliff Drive
Alternative route (counted at Kemming Road, Whitwell) - following                             3680
closure of Undercliff Drive
Increase in traffic using alternative route since the closure                                 55%
Increase in traffic using Medina Way, Newport over the same period                            17%
- for comparison purposes
Note. A comprehensive traffic flow diagram is included on page 119 of the full LTP.


 Population statistics – to the east and west of road closure                           1999 (ONS mid
                                                                                        year estimate)
 East of the closure
 South east region (Ventnor, Shanklin, Sandown, Lake etc)                                    24,433
 West of the closure
 Western end of the Island, including Niton, Chale, Brook, Chillerton,                       13,498
 Brighstone, Freshwater and Yarmouth
 Tourist information (Sept 99 – end of August 2000)
 Island visitors total                                                                2.7 million visitors
 Summer peak season                                                                   100,000 per week



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    G.13 PROJECTS CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT

RYDE MULTI MODAL INTERCHANGE

The Isle of Wight Council is working in partnership with transport operators and landowners
to improve the transport interchange on the Esplanade at Ryde, Isle of Wight.

An initial sketch scheme was produced to gauge public opinion as part of a wide-ranging
consultation process. The scheme was displayed in two locations in the town and items
included in the local press and radio. Questionnaires were made widely available and we
will be using this feedback to assist the development of a more detailed range of design
options. A scheme will be developed during the next few months and a fully worked up bid
submitted for funding in next years Annual Progress Report.

Introduction

Ryde is an important transport gateway to the Island and is heavily used throughout the
year, both for tourist and commuter travel. The interchanges at Ryde Esplanade and Pier
Head provide important links for people using the Fast Cat high speed passenger ferry from
the Pier Head, the passenger hovercraft that runs between Southsea and Ryde Esplanade
and the Island’s rail, bus and taxi services.

Both Wightlink and Solent Cruises operate craft from the end of the Pier. Wightlink carry
approximately 1.4 million foot passengers per year on their catamaran, with Solent Cruises a
further 30 - 40,000 on their services. Hovertravel carried in the region of 712,000 people in
2000 between Ryde and Southsea. Islandline who operate trains between Shanklin and
Ryde Pier Head, carried in the region of 788,000 passengers on their route annually.

The existing transport facilities have evolved over a number of years and the location of
individual uses has to a large extent been influenced by the date of their construction and
their particular operational requirements. Most travel modes are, as a result segregated from
one another by the actual traffic or transportation routes. The railway line runs through the
Esplanade terminal and in effect separates the hovercraft terminal from all other facilities.
The Esplanade road itself divorces the terminal area from the town. The current layout does
not allow easy access between transport modes and pedestrians wishing to access the
differing transport modes or walk to the pier head are not adequately catered for.

Background information

•      The Pier and Esplanade are within the Ryde Conservation Area.
•      The Pier is a Grade II listed structure.
•      The foreshore and beach is designated as Ryde Sands and Wootton Creek Site of
       Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and several areas of Site of Importance for Nature
       Conservation (SINC) border the seafront.

Land ownership/operation

The area for consideration includes the existing rail terminal buildings, bus waiting and
parking area, adjoining highway and connections to the town centre, taxi rank and land
adjacent to the hovercraft terminal.

The area falls predominately within the ownerships of Railtrack and Isle of Wight Council.
The road section of the pier and old tramway belong to Wightlink.


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The scheme should take into consideration the following issues:

•      Possible improvement to the Pier, which may include improvements to allow better
       access and the segregation of pedestrian and vehicles.
•      Potential improvements to the rail line, which currently runs from the Pier Head to
       Shanklin.
•      Existing access and operational arrangements.
•      Take account of traffic management implications that may result from the introduction
       of the scheme.

Development requirements

The development should create stronger physical and visual links between the Pier and
Esplanade terminal and the town. Improve the access between those uses to the north and
south of the railway line. Create a safe and secure environment for all users, particularly
pedestrians and those with mobility problems. Allow better access between different
transport modes, providing covered walkways where possible. Include transport and tourist
information. Ensure the safe movement of buses. Improve taxi-waiting facilities. Further
develop the recreation and tourist potential of beach and open space areas adjoining the
development area.

Building uses

Any new building should be of high quality design and construction be visually attractive,
sympathetic to the surroundings and allow ease of access and transfer between transport
modes. The design should include the following uses.

•        The requirement to connect the uses to the north and south of the railway line.
•        A safe and comfortable interchange / waiting area, with ticket office café facilities.
•        Public toilets.
•        Tourist information centre.
•        Secure covered cycle parking with locker facilities.
•        The provision of a cafe / newsagent on the ground floor.
•        A number of uses on the upper floor level including sundeck, viewing areas and
         possibly restaurant and commercial office space for use by transport operators.

Consultation

The Council would wish to ensure that the fullest consultation is undertaken with a range of
interested parties including: the general public, cross Solent travellers, Isle of Wight Council,
Isle of Wight Tourism, Isle of Wight Partnership, Hants & IOW Police, Wightlink Ferries,
Hovertravel Ltd, Islandline, Solent Cruises, Rail track, Strategic Rail Authority, Southern
Vectis Omnibus Company, representatives from the taxi operators and CycleWight.

Development programme

The proposal forms an important part of the plans to improve the town of Ryde. Funding to
draw up the scheme has already been achieved from a successful Single Regeneration Bid
to improve the town and through the provisions of the Local Transport Plan.

The Council has commissioned consultants to look at options for development and a fully
worked up scheme, suitable for submission as a planning application will be developed in
partnership with the community, transport operators and others.


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Funding for the construction will be sought from a number of sources, including a fully
worked up bid as part of next year’s LTP Annual Progress Report, in partnership with the
transport operators and through the SRB process and other funding sources.

A3055 UNDERCLIFF DRIVE, VENTNOR

Introduction

Section G12 of this report sets out the Council’s supplementary bid for funds to address the
immediate issues currently faced on in the south of the Island following the collapse of part
of the strategic road network to the west of Ventnor. Further work will be however be
required to develop a longer-term solution and the Council is already working with
consultants and in partnership with a range of bodies and organisations to seek a longer-
term solution.

The A3055 Undercliff Drive is the principal coastal road linking the coastal resorts of
Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor with Niton, Chale and settlements in the west of the Island.
It is an important route for people living, working and operating businesses in the Ventnor,
St Lawrence and Niton area and is also extremely popular with tourists who visit it’s many
tourist attractions and facilities along the route.

Developing a long term solution

The Council believes that it is essential that Undercliff Drive be re-opened as a priority and
has employed consulting engineers who are preparing schemes for five instability problems
sites along the length of Undercliff Drive, between St Lawrence and Niton, where the road is
at varying degrees of risk. It is envisaged that these works will cost in the region of £5.6
million and we are already working on the development of a fully worked up bid, which will
be made as part of next years LTP Annual Progress Report submission. This scheme could
not be prepared and undertaken in less than two years and the supplementary bid included
this year will only provide sufficient funds for the construction of a temporary road around the
major landslip area.

Scheme appraisal

A major scheme for submission in next years APR will provide a comprehensive solution to
the instability on Undercliff Drive and will take account of a range of issues including:

•      Why the road is needed,
•      Why it could not have been included in the full LTP,
•      It’s compliance with the Council’s transport strategy, particularly in terms of
       addressing social; exclusion, improving accessibility and benefiting the economy.
•      The outputs, targets and objectives that the reopening of the road will deliver,
•      The consequences of not opening the road.

NEWPORT PEDESTRIANISATION

The Council has commissioned transport consultants to carry out an in depth transportation
study of the town and the surrounding area and the resulting report has already been
presented to a number of meetings, including one attended by representatives of the local
business community. Four of the six options have been selected and these will now be
developed and go forward as part of an extensive consultation programme.

Consultation is considered to be key to the successful implementation of any scheme and
advice is currently being sought on the best possible method of presenting this issue to all

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those concerned. Discussion has been opened with the business community and others as to
what form the local and Islandwide consultation might take and in particular where displays
could be sited in convenient places around the town.

The provisional Local Transport Plan 2000-2001 identified the possibility of introducing traffic
free areas within the town and a sum of £10,000 has been set-aside in the current capital
programme to fund the design of a scheme and the consultation required.

A bid for an additional £1,100,000 was included in the full five year Local Transport Plan
2001-2006, to cover the possible implementation of the scheme. Unfortunately the LTP
settlement did not include the level of funding required for a comprehensive scheme and we
are currently examining a range of alternative development and funding options. The final
cost of any scheme will be quantified through the design and consultation process with the
intention that a supplementary bid is included within next year’s APR.




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       G.14 ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT CHECKLIST


                                          Issue *
                     (Para refers to paragraph numbers in DETR publication                     Location in Annual Progress Report
                    “Guidance on LTP Annual Progress Reports” – April 2001)

       Brief narrative explaining how the implementation of the LTP fits into the
                                                                                    U   Section B
       wider National and local policy context.
       Progress being made in working towards local objectives and targets




                                                                                                                                     Isle of Wight Local Transport Plan - Appendices
                                                                                    U   Section D and Appendix G2
       contained in the LTP.




                                                                                                                                        Isle of Wight Local Transport Plan - Appendices
       Completed Finance Forms.                                                     U   Appendix G1


       Proposals for consulting on implementation of their LTP.                     U   Section C and Appendix G6
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       Evidence of any Improvements suggest in decision letters.                    U   Sections D, E, Appendix G3 and Appendix G4

       Evidence of how accessibility for disabled people is being built into new
                                                                                    U   Section D12, Appendix G4 (18)
       investment.

       Evidence of compliance with principles in “Rethinking Construction”.         U   Section A.1.8 - Enabling improvement


       Outcome of Best Value reviews.                                               U   Sections C.1.3 and Appendix G7


       Targets and objectives for 2001/02 – 2005/06.                                U   Section G2


       Summary implementation programme (if available).                             U   Section F1


       Link to Community Plan (paragraph 36).                                       U   Section C.1.5
                                           Issue *
                      (Para refers to paragraph numbers in DETR publication               Location in Annual Progress Report
                     “Guidance on LTP Annual Progress Reports” – April 2001)

                                                                                   Sections A.1, B.3, B.4, B.5, Appendices G.3 and
       Links to land use planning policies (paragraph 37).                     U
                                                                                   G.5

       Takes account of issues in Urban White Paper (paragraph 40).            U   Section B.2.7


       Takes account of issues in Rural White Paper (paragraph 42).                Sections B.2.5, B.2.6 and D.18




                                                                                                                                     Isle of Wight Local Transport Plan - Appendices
                                                                               U




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       Action to promote social inclusion (paragraph 44).                      U   Section D.13, Appendices G.4 and G.9.14

       Progress made against targets within Road Traffic Reduction Act 1997
                                                                               U   Section D and Appendix G.2
       (paragraph 54).
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       Local air quality (paragraph 55).                                       U   Section D.14 and Appendices G.4 and G.10

       Steps being taken to ensure adequately staffed to deliver strategy          Executive Summary, Sections A.1.7, B.2.6, D.6,
                                                                               U
       (paragraph 88).                                                             D.16 and E.2 and Appendix G.5.

				
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