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Local Transport Plan Frequently Asked Questions

Local Transport Plan


  1. What is the LTP?
  2. Why is the LTP important?
  3. Does Transport Matter for the Performance of the Worcestershire Economy?
  4. How will this affect me?
  5. How many LTPs have there been?
  6. Where can I get more Information on the LTP?


  1. Q. What is the LTP?
    A. Local Transport Plans (LTPs) are documents required by the Transport Act 2000(amended by the Local Transport Plan 2008). All transport authorities are required to produce an LTP in which they set out their objectives and plans for developing transport in their area over a stipulated period.
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  2. Q. Why is the LTP important?
    A. The LTP sets out how the Council will plan, develop and deliver its economic, social, environmental and other objectives through the provision of transport infrastructure and services. It will state how we are going to develop transport in the county in order to improve services in light of environment and social issues while taking into account local views across the county. A high standard LTP is essential if we want to apply for government funding for major schemes; it may also determine whether we are eligible to apply for other initiatives.
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  3. Q. Does Transport Matter for the Performance of the Worcestershire Economy?
    A. Research has shown that a high quality transport network is important in sustaining economic success in modern economies. The transport network secures connectivity between different parts of a country, as well as to the rest of the world: linking people to jobs; delivering products to markets; underpinning supply chains and logistics; and supporting domestic and international trade. The quality and comprehensiveness of the local transport network impacts on how it contributes towards an efficient and successful local economy.

    Evidence has shown that:

    • Transport matters for the economic performance of countries, regions and local areas;
    • Historically, improvements in transport connectivity have been pivotal in supporting periods of economic growth;
    • In mature economies like Worcestershire, with well-established networks and strong connectivity between economic centres already in place, evidence suggests that investment should be focused on maintaining or enhancing the performance of the existing network, particularly where journey time reliability is deteriorating;
    • The efficiency with which existing transport networks are used is just as important as the underlying investment in new infrastructure;
    • The relationship between transport and the Worcestershire economy is therefore an incremental one, aimed at maximising the efficiency of the existing network, prior to investing in new infrastructure (which can, in itself, generate additional demand to travel);
    • Economic success often generates higher demand to travel, and where there is a lack of adequate capacity, this can start to constrain that success. Where this is the case, investment in substantial new infrastructure and/or services may be justified. (Back to Top)

  4. Q. How will this affect me?
    A. The Local Transport Plan affects anyone who uses transport services and facilities in Worcestershire, whether you drive a car, ride a motorcycle, catch the bus or train, walk or cycle.
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  5. Q. How many LTPs have there been?
    A. Worcestershire has published three Local Transport Plans.
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  6. Q. Where can I get more Information on the LTP?
    A. For further information, please email us or call 01905 765 765.
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This page was last reviewed 24 July 2013 at 14:01.
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