Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Locality Services
Decision status: Awaiting Implementation
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To seek approval for the implementation of a number of ‘emergency’ cycle priority schemes to be funded from the DfT Emergency Active Travel Fund. This report provides details of the schemes and the likely implications. It confirms the process undertaken to define the measures, the context of schemes and anticipated usage and confirms how the measures will be promoted and the impact monitored.
This report also confirms the conditions associated with the funding, the challenges that this presents and the proposed procurement strategy.
The DfT offer has been made through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA). This report confirms how, if the measures are approved, the funding will be incorporated into the Transportation Capital Programme.
(1) The proposals for the ‘emergency active travel fund cycle schemes’ in both Southport and Bootle are approved and the schemes implemented subject to receipt of funding from LCRCA and following approval of the temporary traffic regulation orders.
(2) That Cabinet Member approves the temporary traffic regulation orders detailed in paragraph 8.5.
(3) The necessary legal procedures, including those of public consultation and advertising the Council’s intention to implement the Order, be approved.
(4) The procurement strategy, in which the works are delivered by the Highways Maintenance Contractor for Minor Works is approved.
(5) The proposals for information sharing are noted.
(6) The process of monitoring the impact of the proposals is noted.
(7) A further evaluation report is brought to Cabinet Member Locality Services approximately 6 months following implementation to consider whether the schemes should be made permanent.
Reasons for the Decision(s):
The offer of funding is conditional on schemes being on site within 4 weeks and completed within 8 weeks of the LCRCA receiving an offer of funding from DfT. It has been confirmed that the offer was received on 6th July 2020. In order to take advantage of the funding offer, there is a requirement for the Council to shorten the normal approval processes for schemes affecting the highway. Cabinet Member has delegated powers to approve the programme of schemes within the Local Transport Plan Transportation Capital Programme to which these schemes will be included and to approve the Procurement Strategy for schemes of this value.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: (including any Risk Implications)
A number of proposals for cycle route schemes were considered and evaluated in a short space of time. The LCRCA also completed a further evaluation against a set of criteria to determine whether proposals should be presented to the DfT for consideration.
In determining proposals for Bootle, consideration was given to whether a cycle route should be considered along Stanley Road past the Strand. On further evaluation it was agreed that this route, with its existing timed ban on most traffic already presented a reasonable route for cyclists and that any longer-term solution would be better considered within the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) programme in conjunction with the proposals for public transport improvements as part of the Green Transport corridor. These longer-term proposals would also take into consideration any plans the Council may have for the Strand.
An option for a route along Lord Street was also given serious consideration. Due to the significant demands associated with Lord Street it was considered that it was difficult within the timescale on which the grant is conditioned to develop a scheme which will be attractive to cyclists, bearing in mind the number of bus stops, and not disruptive or unsupportive to businesses, many of whom are re-opening. It was also considered sensible to review any improvements to Lord Street in the context of the developing masterplan for Southport Town Centre which is currently under consultation.
Publication date: 27/08/2020
Date of decision: 27/08/2020
Effective from: 08/09/2020