Delivering a Sustainable Transport System in Leicestershire

About This Report:

Leicestershire County Council's (LCC) Environment and Transport department is currently developing a 15-year Local Transport Plan (LTP3). The aim of the plan is to set out how the transport system can support local economic and social priorities, and to target key investment. In order to properly define its focus, it is vital that LTP3 is underpinned by a robust evidence base. Since autumn 2009, the County Council's Research & Information Team have been working closely with LCC's Environment & Transport department and some of their data sets. Delivering DaSTS in Leicestershire represents the output of this work to date.

Structure of report

Chapter 2, Overview, looks at key trends within the transport sector and transport planning and, based on Leicestershire's economic and social geography, suggests the local implications of these.

Chapter 3, Methodology, provides a guide to reading the more detailed chapters of the report.

Chapter 4, Economic Growth, is split into two sections. The first is an analysis of local traffic count data and identifies sections of the county where peak-time congestion is highest. In the second, more extensive section, an economic model for understanding travel-to-work is created.

Chapter 5, Equality of Opportunity, considers the extent to which residents in Leicestershire can easily access four vital services: employment, further education, healthcare and foodstores. Using a GIS-based network analysis and an analysis of survey data, 'priority groups' who suffer from poor perceived access and/or 'real' (geographical) access to these services are identified.

Chapter 6 Safety, Health and Security, is split into three parts. The safety section aims to understand how casualties have changed over time, the physical conditions which give rise to road casualties and the extent to which casualties are experienced differently by different groups. The health section then attempts at understanding local cycling and walking behaviours. The final section, on security, draws on an innovative analysis of the Place Survey to tentatively suggest where and who in Leicestershire might suffer from high levels of fear of crime on public transport.

Chapter 7, Tackling Climate Change, considers transport's specific contribution to emissions. Public attitudes to congestion are examined using the 2008 Place Survey; modelled data are used to show Transport emissions at a 1km2 resolution across Leicestershire; and public attitudes to climate change and transport behaviours are interrogated using the Place Survey.

Chapter 8, Quality of Life, covers three broad areas: transport's role in allowing access to the natural environment; transport's impact on the local environment; and travel itself as an experience. Modelled data are interrogated to identify which communities in the county are most vulnerable to experiencing high to very high ground-level concentrations of emissions and, to better understand factors that have the most bearing on overall journey experience, detailed statistical analysis is conducted on the annual 'Highways Satisfaction Survey'.

Finally, Chapter 9, What people in Leicestershire say about transport, summarises some of the county's most substantive pieces of consultation evidence on highways and transport issues.

If you have any questions about the work, please contact Roger Beecham: Roger.Beecham@leics.gov.uk.

For more information on Leicestershire's LTP3, and other sources of evidence which are feeding into it, see www.leics.gov.uk/stratcons_jul2010