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Agenda item

The Sheffield Transport Strategy - Adoption of Final Strategy

Report of the Executive Director, Place.

Decision:

15.1

The Executive Director, Place submitted a report outlining the stakeholder engagement which has been recently undertaken on the Sheffield Transport Strategy, and the proposed updates to the document in light of new evidence and other developments, especially the declaration of a Climate Emergency by Sheffield City Council’s meeting of 6 February, 2019. The report also provided an update on the emerging programme of projects. The final version of the Sheffield Transport Strategy was presented for formal adoption.

 

 

15.2

RESOLVED: That Cabinet approves the adoption of the final version of the Sheffield Transport Strategy, as set out in appendix 3 of the report, subject to an amended cover sheet and foreword as agreed.

 

 

15.3

Reasons for Decision

 

 

15.3.1

There is very strong public recognition that “doing nothing” is not an option, and that the adverse impacts of increased congestion have to be addressed. The proposed Transport Strategy draws on the evidence available to identify key themes and early candidate projects for inclusion in a developing long-term strategic programme (an Action Plan), with further consultation to engage people in that developing programme.

 

 

15.3.2

This process will enable the Council to adopt a clear strategic approach to transport for the next 20 years, in close alignment with parallel work on Transport for the North priorities, with Sheffield City Region investment decisions, and with other cross-cutting work on the Sheffield Plan, the City Centre Plan and housing plans.

 

 

15.4

Alternatives Considered and Rejected

 

 

15.4.1

One alternative would be to not have a long-term transport strategy. This option would, however, diminish Sheffield City Council’s influence on transport in the city, and weaken the support a transport strategy could provide towards the local economy.

 

 

15.4.3

Other alternatives could place more emphasis on individual modes of transport. This would increase travel benefits for some but diminish benefits for others, and hence work against the Council’s overall desire for fairness, and the strategy for increasing opportunities for everyone. Issues of accessibility, congestion and air quality would be less likely to be addressed. The approach adopted is felt to offer a balanced strategy benefitting the whole community.

 

 

15.5

Any Interest Declared or Dispensation Granted

 

 

 

None

 

 

15.6

Reason for Exemption if Public/Press Excluded During Consideration

 

 

 

None

 

 

15.7

Respective Director Responsible for Implementation

 

 

 

Laraine Manley, Executive Director, Place

 

 

15.8

Relevant Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee If Decision Called In

 

 

 

Economic and Environmental Wellbeing

 

Minutes:

15.1

The Executive Director, Place submitted a report outlining the stakeholder engagement which has been recently undertaken on the Sheffield Transport Strategy, and the proposed updates to the document in light of new evidence and other developments, especially the declaration of a Climate Emergency by Sheffield City Council’s meeting of 6 February, 2019. The report also provided an update on the emerging programme of projects. The final version of the Sheffield Transport Strategy was presented for formal adoption.

 

 

15.2

RESOLVED: That Cabinet approves the adoption of the final version of the Sheffield Transport Strategy, as set out in appendix 3 of the report, subject to an amended cover sheet and foreword as agreed.

 

 

15.3

Reasons for Decision

 

 

15.3.1

There is very strong public recognition that “doing nothing” is not an option, and that the adverse impacts of increased congestion have to be addressed. The proposed Transport Strategy draws on the evidence available to identify key themes and early candidate projects for inclusion in a developing long-term strategic programme (an Action Plan), with further consultation to engage people in that developing programme.

 

 

15.3.2

This process will enable the Council to adopt a clear strategic approach to transport for the next 20 years, in close alignment with parallel work on Transport for the North priorities, with Sheffield City Region investment decisions, and with other cross-cutting work on the Sheffield Plan, the City Centre Plan and housing plans.

 

 

15.4

Alternatives Considered and Rejected

 

 

15.4.1

One alternative would be to not have a long-term transport strategy. This option would, however, diminish Sheffield City Council’s influence on transport in the city, and weaken the support a transport strategy could provide towards the local economy.

 

 

15.4.2

Other alternatives could place more emphasis on individual modes of transport. This would increase travel benefits for some but diminish benefits for others, and hence work against the Council’s overall desire for fairness, and the strategy for increasing opportunities for everyone. Issues of accessibility, congestion and air quality would be less likely to be addressed. The approach adopted is felt to offer a balanced strategy benefitting the whole community.

 

 

 

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