Report of the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/20/8) outlining the proposed allocation for a two-year transport capital programme covering the financial years 2020/21 and 2021/22 (excluding maintenance), attached.
(Councillors Connett, Dewhirst, Greenslade, Hannaford and Hosking attended remotely in accordance with Standing Order 25(2) and the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 and spoke to this item).
The Cabinet considered the Report of the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/20/8) outlining the proposed allocation for a two-year transport capital programme covering the financial years 2020/21 and 2021/22 (excluding maintenance), circulated prior to the meeting in accordance with regulation 7(4) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012.
The Transport Capital Programme continued to support economic development and the delivery of new housing and jobs. It aimed to balance the delivery of infrastructure so that it had a positive impact on reducing carbon emissions (in line with the climate emergency). Appendix II of the Report included an updated Transport Infrastructure Plan (TIP) setting out planned transport infrastructure investment for delivering growth in a low carbon environment.
The Integrated Transport Block (ITB) settlement from Government was currently set at an annual level of £3.6 million. The County Council had a strong track record of working with partners to secure significant levels of external funding from a range of different grant opportunities and it was expected that additional external funding would be needed to be added to the transport capital programme over the period 2020/21-2021/22 and also that there might be specific grant funding sources from Government relating to a range of initiatives including bus, rail, cycle and road giving opportunities to enhance the transport capital budget over the period 2020/21 - 2021/22, although the Cabinet Member confirmed these were currently on hold.
The Report outlined the various proposals and funding streams and the projects that had been delivered or were due to be delivered. In relation to the Growth Deal, the majority of projects had been completed, but the remaining projects to be delivered were the A382-A383 Houghton Barton Link Road at Newton Abbot, Marsh Barton Rail Station and the A39 Heywood Road junction improvement at Bideford.
In relation to the Large Local Majors Fund (LLM) and Major Road Network Fund (MRN), the Council was preparing a full business case for the delivery of Phase 1 of the A361\A39 North Devon Link Road project, with construction planned to commence in November 2020.
Other schemes included the Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal Construction works for delivering Phase 1 of the A382 Widening project between the A38 and Newton Abbot and a new Rail Station at Marsh Barton.
The Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) offered funding to local authorities for infrastructure to support the delivery of new homes across the Country. The Council had been successful in a Forward Fund bid for £55 million of grant funding to deliver key infrastructure that would support major development to the south west of Exeter. Marginal Viability HIF bids had also been awarded to five District authorities so the Council had been working ... view the full minutes text for item 488
Report of the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/19/17) outlining the proposed allocation of the Transport Capital Programme 2019/20 and seeking approval, attached.
(Councillors Connett, Hannaford and Greenslade attended in accordance with Standing Order 25(2) and spoke to this item).
The Cabinet considered the Report of the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/19/17) seeking approval to the proposed allocation of the Transport Capital Programme 2019/2020, circulated prior to the meeting in accordance with regulation 7(4) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012.
The Integrated Transport Block (ITB) settlement from Government was set at around £3.6 million, a significant reduction from the levels in 2009/2010 of just over £10 million. As part of the Outturn Report, Cabinet approval would be sought to carry forward from 2018/19, an estimated £0.558 million, which if approved, would mean funding of £4.159m for 2019/20.
The Council continued to demonstrate a strong track record of working with partners to secure significant levels of external funding and listed the achievements since 2014, for example, the Growth Deal (GD) (agreements for over £22 million) which had funded projects such as A379 Bridge Road, A361 Portmore junction, A39 Roundswell bridge crossing schemes and A38 Deep Lane junction, to name but a few.
The Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) which the Council had been successful with its Forward Fund bid for £55 million of grant funding, to deliver key infrastructure that would support major development to the South West of Exeter.
The National Productivity Investment Funded (NPIF) 2019/20 was a two-year NPIF funded capital programme to deliver highway infrastructure improvements at Sherford and to the East of Exeter growth area and £5.0 million was secured towards an £8.0 million project to deliver the main street link road connecting Sherford new community with the A38 at the Deep Lane junction. Also, to the East of Exeter NPIF grant funding of £4.6 million towards a bid totalling £7.2 million for the Exeter Eastern Growth Package.
The Report also outlined successes from the Growth & Housing Fund (GHF), including the Tithebarn Link Road to the east of Exeter being completed and opened, the Safer Roads Fund where a bid totalling £4m was successful leading to safety improvements on the A3121 (South Hams) and A3123 (North Devon), both schemes now part of the 2019/20 and 2020/21 capital programmes.
The Major Road Network (MRN) Fund was a new programme that would see substantial new investment available for road enhancement schemes from 2020/21 on local authority roads classified under the Major Road Network. Under the Large Local Majors Fund (LLM) programme the Council was progressing proposals for the first phase of the A361/A39 North Devon Link Road improvements.
The Report also outlined the activities of the South West Peninsula Shadow Sub-National Transport Body (Peninsula Transport SSTB) and for the Council MRN network would include business case submissions for the A379 corridor (Exeter) bridge renewal works, A382 corridor Newton Abbot and A39/A361 Barnstable Roundswell to Bishops Tawton scheme. For the next tranche of the LLM, a proposed submission for major improvements to the M5 Junction 28 at Cullompton.
Cabinet noted that the focus of ... view the full minutes text for item 331