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Agenda Item No

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 23 February, 2015

Report of the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation Planning and Transportation

Metro Funded Bus Priority Schemes 2015

 

Purpose of the Report

1. To inform Cabinet of the bus priority schemes that Welsh Government (WG) is supporting through the Metro funding within the Vale of Glamorgan for 2014/15 and 2015/16 and to advise Members of progress to date on the schemes being considered. 

Recommendations

1. That Cabinet acknowledges progress to date on the bus priority schemes being funded and notes the schemes to be implemented from the funding on the Culverhouse Cross to St Athan via the Airport Corridor.

 

2. That Cabinet receives a report on the results of the feasibility works currently being undertaken for bus priority on the Dinas Powys to Cardiff Corridor at a future Cabinet meeting to enable a way forward to be agreed.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1. To allow the bus priority schemes to be delivered on the Culverhouse Cross to St Athan via the Airport Corridor within the timescale of the Grant funding.

 

2. To report the results of the feasibility works on the Dinas Powys to Cardiff Corridor and to agree a way forward.

Background

2. As part of works carried out by Steer Davies Gleave on behalf of the South East Wales Transport Alliance (Sewta) in 2008, 10 corridors were identified within South East Wales that required improvements to improve reliability of bus transport as it had been recognised that buses experienced severe delays due to high volumes of traffic. The aim is to enhance the bus experience for passengers to encourage them to use public transport. In turn this will realise the benefits gained by reducing the single occupancy car user, reducing congestion, CO2 emissions and the risk of accidents to road users by reducing the number of cars on the road. Two of the corridors identified were in the Vale of Glamorgan, namely the Culver House Cross to St Athan via the Airport corridor and the Dinas Powys to Cardiff corridor.

 

3. Measures that can be implemented to improve bus priority include bus lanes, improvements to junctions to allow the traffic to move more freely, improvements to bus stops and the provision of improved public transport information.

 

4. Sewta updated its bus strategy in 2014 and both schemes were reassessed within this process. The update showed that the improvements to both corridors would still be welcomed.

 

5. In 2013/14, WG requested a list of schemes from Sewta that could be supported by Metro funding for bus priority measures, with a criteria that they could be delivered within two years and that there be no land issues to resolve. Both of the Vale of Glamorgan schemes were submitted and accepted for funding. The indicative amount of funding for the Culverhouse Cross to St Athan corridor is £1m and for Dinas Powys to Cardiff is £1.5m.

 

6. Within this financial year, WG invited the Council to bid for the funding to consider feasibility and design for both routes and funding has been provided to undertake this work (£145k for Culverhouse Cross to St Athan and £52.5k for Dinas Powys to Cardiff). This grant has been accepted under emergency powers during January 2015.

Relevant Issues and Options

7. The Culverhouse Cross to St Athan corridor was broken down into 5 sections of route to include the following:

Culverhouse Cross to Barry Dock Link Road

Barry Dock Link Road to Weycock Cross including secondary movements for local bus services

Weycock Cross to St Athan via Airport

Rhoose Point train station to Airport

St Athan.

 

8. All bus stops on the line of route have been considered and costed for upgrading where required.

The following junctions were considered within the pre-feasibility options:

HTV/Brooklands Roundabout

Quarry Road Roundabout

Barry Docks Link Road

Merthyr Dyfan Signalised Junction

Meggitt Road

Colcot Road Roundabout

Sky Plaza Proposed Bus Stops

 

9. As part of the HTV development site, design works for proposed bus improvements have been agreed and incorporated within the developers (Bellway Homes) designs, partly funded by the developer as part of the development and part funded by the Metro Grant. This collaborative working has enabled the Council to benefit from a much improved scheme that incorporates bus priority, at a far more advantageous cost, and will be delivered by the developer when implementing their works. Works are due to be progressed in the Spring.

 

10. Further bus corridor measures are to be progressed along the corridor, following extensive discussions with the bus operators, detailed traffic surveys and after considering all traffic background information.

 

11. Meetings with WG officers to discuss progress to date have been favourable and further funding has been released to enable further design works to be progressed.

 

12. Funding has recently been awarded to the Council to consider the Dinas Powys to Cardiff corridor and this work has been commissioned externally through the Capita Glamorgan Joint Venture Agreement, to carry out pre-feasibility and optioneering works along the various routes from Dinas Powys to Cardiff. The results of this pre-feasibility will be available by the end of the financial year and will be presented to Cabinet at a future meeting.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

13. The schemes will be fully funded by WG in the form of a Metro Grant, and where applicable, from the developer contributions (as is the case in the HTV development site). For the 2014/15 capital programme, a sum of £145k is included for the Culverhouse Cross to St Athan Corridor and £52.5k for the Dinas Powys to Cardiff Corridor.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

14. Encouraging people to commute by public transport and reducing congestion aids sustainable accessibility and the reduction of single occupancy car movements, therefore having a positive impact on sustainability and climate change.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

15. When delivering transport infrastructure schemes, compliance is required with the Transport Act and Highways Act legislation.

Crime and Disorder Implications

16. It is anticipated that the number of road traffic accidents in the Vale is reduced as a consequence of providing improved public transport corridors.

 

17. A safe and accessible transport network will have a positive impact on crime and disorder.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

18. The concept of equal opportunities is a fundamental principle that underlies all of this Council's policies.  The provision of bus priority measures provides alternative means of travel and ensures good accessibility for those without access to private transport.  This links with the Council's objectives for social wellbeing and tackling disadvantages.

Corporate/Service Objectives

19. The provision of public transport improves the quality of life for residents and visitors in the Vale. 

 

20. The provision of bus priority measures provides alternative means of travel, and ensures good accessibility for those without access to private transport. This links with the Council's objectives for social wellbeing and tackling disadvantages.

Policy Framework and Budget

21. This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

22. No ward Members have been consulted as this report affects a significant number of Wards.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

23. Economy & Environment

Background Papers

None

 

 

Contact Officer

Clare Cameron - Principal Transport & Road Safety Officer - Tel: 01446 704768

 

 

Officers Consulted

Finance Support Manager

Legal - Committee Reports

Head of Performance & Development - Huw Isaac

Operational Manager Highways & Engineering

 

 

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas - Director of Development Services

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