Tees Valley Strategic Transport Plan
The Tees Valley Combined Authority is currently developing a Strategic Transport Plan, due for publication during summer 2017, and we are asking people across the region for their views.
As outlined within the Strategic Economic Plan, over the next 10 years the Combined Authority wants to create 25,000 new jobs and build 22,000 new homes and the Strategic Transport Plan is vital to support this aim.
Connecting the Tees Valley has been developed, which sets out the region’s transport priorities up to 2026 and explains how we want to improve the Tees Valley’s local transport system. The document sets out the framework for the Strategic Transport Plan and invites stakeholders, interest groups and the public to help shape the final Strategic Transport Plan.
The Combined Authority’s transport vision for the Tees Valley is ‘to provide a high quality, quick, affordable, reliable and safe transport network for people and freight to move within, to and from the Tees Valley’.
To do this we aim to:
- Improve our local railways by having more, faster and better trains and stations, so that journeys by rail are quicker and more comfortable;
- Maintain and improve our roads so that they are safe and less congested;
- Provide better bus services that are punctual and reliable, with improved passenger information and facilities, which provide access to where people want to go, when they want to go;
- Provide safe walking and cycling routes to make it easier to travel on foot and by bike; and
- Make it easier and safer to transport freight by road, rail, sea and air.
A draft Strategic Transport Plan will be produced during spring 2017 that will include further details on our plans up until 2026. There will be further opportunities to comment on our proposals before the final Strategic Transport Plan is launched during summer 2017.
A number of documents will also be developed to support the Strategic Transport Plan including:
- Individual local transport delivery plans – setting out local measures to be delivered by each of the five Tees Valley Local Authorities;
- An updated Tees Valley Area Action Plan – a prioritised programme of local highway improvements to support our strategic priorities, which include facilitating housing and employment growth;
- A Tees Valley Freight Strategy – identifying investment priorities to facilitate planned freight growth across the Tees Valley and beyond;
- A Tees Valley Rail Statement – outlining the further enhancement of local rail services through active involvement in the new North East Rail Management Unit, to build on franchise improvements and recent Tees Valley Combined Authority investment in station facilities;
- A Tees Valley Bus Strategy – further network enhancement to build on the recent Tees Valley Bus Network Improvements investment. The Buses Bill will provide the opportunity to work with operators to develop the future network that is needed; and
- A Tees Valley Walking & Cycling Strategy – continued development of a complementary programme of cycling, walking and other sustainable transport measures to support economic growth as well as health and well-being.
These documents will appear in the document panel once they become available.