HC Deb 27 March 2000 vol 347 cc13-6W
Mr. Moore

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list those local authorities that have set targets for the overall level of road traffic in their area as part of their draft local transport plans, giving the targets set in each case. [114810]

Mr. Hill

[holding answer 16 March 2000]: Local traffic authorities in England (outside London) submitted interim road traffic reduction reports as part of their provisional local transport plans in July 1999. Due to the provisional nature of the plans, the status and coverage of some targets are uncertain. However, the following authorities submitted plans containing traffic targets for at least part of their area or for some types of traffic.

Authority Target
Oxfordshire Halve forecast traffic growth to 2016
Hampshire Reduce the rate of traffic growth by 50 per cent by 2020
Milton Keynes Reduce journey to work car trips by 4 per cent. between 1997 and 2011 and car mode share reduction from 77 per cent. to 55 per cent, between 1997 and 2011
Authority Target
West Berkshire Newbury and Thatcham area—reduce growth to zero from 1999. Rural area—limit growth to 10 per cent, between 1999 and 2009. Eastern area—reduction in growth forecast of 1-5 per cent. on major corridors and absolute reductions of 1-5 per cent. in residential areas
Reading Reduce car travel by 5 per cent, in town centre. Reduce traffic levels by 2-5 per cent. in residential areas. Reduce traffic on major corridors by 2-5 per cent. over forecast levels
Isle of Wight Halve the rate of growth by 2020
East Sussex Reduce amount of car journeys to education establishments by 20 per cent. by 2005 in Bexhill, Hastings, Eastbourne and other towns. Achieve zero growth on minor rural roads in the Ashdown Forest area
Slough 10 per cent, reduction in current traffic levels by 2005
Surrey Limit growth to 7 per cent. between 1998–2016
Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch Reduce rate of traffic growth by 50 per cent. by 2005 and reduce to zero growth by 2010. Reduce car trips to school by 50 per cent.
Dorset Reduce rate of traffic growth to 50 per cent. of average growth forecast between 1998 and 2005
Gloucestershire By 2011, average daily traffic volumes to increase by no more than 20 per cent. compared with 1995 levels
Somerset Limit growth to 10 per cent. by 2011 in Taunton and 25 per cent. by 2011 in Bridgwater and to 13 per cent. by 2011 in Yeovil
Bath and North East Somerset Bath centre—20 per cent. reduction in 1999 levels by 2005. Rest of Bath—10 per cent. reduction. Other towns stabilise traffic and no targets in rural areas
Bristol Reduce growth in car traffic by 20 per cent. over the next five years. Thereafter a further 20 per cent. reduction over the next 10 to 15 years
South Gloucestershire Zero growth in annual average traffic flows by 2005. Annual 2 per cent. reduction in proportion of people commuting by car
Swindon Slow traffic growth by 35 per cent. (based on low growth assumptions)—29 per cent. increase 1996–2016 compared to do-nothing forecast of 44 per cent.
Plymouth Maintain traffic at 1999 levels—0 per cent. traffic growth
Torbay 0.5 per cent. growth in traffic across area over all time periods by 2005
West Midlands1 Contain levels of morning peak car trips into the nine LTP centres to their 1995–96 levels up to 2006, and maintain the containment to 2011
Authority Target
Shropshire Reduce cars entering Shrewsbury by 5 per cent. by 2005. Outside city centre, limit growth to 1 per cent. or less per annum. Reduce per cent. of children given lifts to school by car by 10 per cent. by 2005. Limit traffic growth on inter-urban routes to 2 per cent, or less per annum until 2005 and 1 per cent. thereafter in the market towns and rural areas
Stoke on Trent Constrain growth to 10 per cent. between 1999–2011
Telford and Wrekin To limit traffic growth to 2 per cent. per annum or the rate of growth in population (whichever is lower) by 2005
Warwickshire Reduce the rate of traffic growth in urban areas by 50 per cent. in peak periods
Worcestershire To achieve 1991 traffic levels in Worcester City by 2011
Merseyside2 Keep traffic growth below 17 per cent.
Cheshire Traffic to be restrained in Chester to a 2 per cent. increase on 1994 levels to 2011. In the rest of the County traffic to be restrained to a 16 per cent. increase on 1994 levels up to 2011
Cumbria Cap growth at 2000 levels by 2005 in Carlisle City Centre. 24 per cent. reduction in existing peak hour traffic entering the Kendal by 2005–06
Lancashire Traffic flows to and from town centres to be restricted to 1991 levels
Blackburn Zero growth of peak hour traffic by 2006. Growth in off-peak limited to low NRTF levels from 2000
Halton Restrain growth to 16 per cent. by 2011
Durham Restrict traffic to 1999 levels to end of 2004 in Durham City. Reduce traffic growth to 0.33 per cent. per annum to 2004 in the rest of the County
Northumberland Reduce AADT by 5 per cent. on base network at selected monitoring sites by 2005. No increase in traffic at selected sites by 2005
Darlington Restrict growth to 4 per cent. between 1999 and 2006 into the Darlington Urban area. Restrict growth to 2 per cent. into Darlington town centre between 1999 and 2006. Restrict and/or reduce traffic growth on 4 key transport corridors by 2006
Middlesborough Reduce AADT to zero growth in town centre by 2005 and reduce by 2 per cent. by 2010
Hartlepool Limit traffic growth to 3.5 per cent. between 2000 and 2005
Stockton-on-Tees 5 per cent. reduction of AADT at specific sites. Peak hour traffic flow reduction by 5 per cent. and limit overall growth to 4.5 per cent.
South Yorkshire3 Contain car traffic at 1999 levels
West Yorkshire4 Constrain growth to 7 per cent. in Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield
Authority Target
North Yorkshire Maintain traffic in the urban area at 1994 levels in Harrogate, Knarsborough and Ripon. In the Yorkshire Dales, maintain traffic at 1994 levels
York Maintain inbound morning peak traffic to 1992 levels. Provisional target of 7 per cent. reduction from 1999 to 2003
Kingston-upon-Hull Reduce car flows by 1 per cent. per annum from present levels. Reduce proportion of car trips from 57 per cent. of total in 1991 to 50 per cent. in 2011
North Lincolnshire Reduce the average peak hour growth rate of traffic from 2.5 per cent. to 2.2 per cent. by 2005 and to 1.1 per cent. by 2010
Derbyshire Reduce traffic growth to 1 per cent. below the national average by 2011
Leicester5 Reduce growth to 2011 from 15 per cent. to 7 per cent.
Nottingham Maintain growth at below 2.5 per cent. per annum by 2000
Nottinghamshire Limit growth to 8 per cent. up to 2011
Lincolnshire Reduce forecast peak hour car traffic in Greater Lincoln, Boston, Grantham and Skegness by 10 per cent. over the next five years. Reduce forecast peak hour car traffic in the large market towns of Gainsborough, Louth, Sleeford, Spalding and Stamford over the LTP period
Northamptonshire Achieve zero growth above 1999 levels on radial routes in peak hours
Bedfordshire Decrease travel to work by car from 71 per cent. in 1991 to 58 per cent. in 2011 in Bedford, market towns and rural areas
Norfolk Private car traffic crossing the Norwich inner ring road and outer ring road to be no higher than 1995 levels in 2011. 10 per cent. fall in peak level of private car traffic along to A149 coastal road between 1997 and 2010
Suffolk Achieve zero growth by 2006 in Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds and Lowestoft
Peterborough Maintain growth below NRTF low growth forecast till 2005
1 A joint plan for the Metropolitan area consisting of the following traffic authorities: Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton
2 A joint plan for the Metropolitan area consisting of the following traffic authorities: Liverpool, Knowsley, St. Helens, Sefton and Wirral
3 A joint plan for the Metropolitan area consisting of the following traffic authorities: Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster
4 A joint plan for the Metropolitan area consisting of the following traffic authorities: Leeds, Kirklees, Calderdale, Bradford and Wakefield
5 A joint plan with Leicestershire
NRTF—Department of Transport National Road Traffic Forecasts 1997
AADT—Annual Average Daily Traffic