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Transport planning

Transportation planning at the city council includes Wolverhampton Council's joint submission of the West Midlands Local Transport Plan (LTP).

It includes:

  • major Scheme Development
  • transport analysis and input to planning policy and core strategies
  • Local Development Frameworks (LDF) and the Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS)
  • monitoring and reviewing key transport data
  • liasing on national and regional transport issues

Travel planning and accessibility planning also falls within our transportation planning remit.

The Local Transport Plan

The Local Transport Plan (LTP) is the statutory planning document for transport required by the Government to award transport capital funding to local authorities. The procedure stems from the Government's transport white paper A new deal for transport better for everyone published in 1998.

The LTP sets our local transport strategy to improve transport provision to ensure that people have a genuine choice of how to travel. The document is also used to bid for Government funding and to monitor the progress we make to implement the transport strategy. Local Authorities are given the freedom to decide how the funding is spent to meet their transport objectives. However, the level of funding allocated to each authority is based on the Government's assessment of the strength of the strategy and the delivery of that strategy. 

The LTP needs widespread support if it is to be successful in achieving its goals. Consultation with local people, businesses and other interest groups is important to the establishment of the strategy and to the success in achieving its goals

Wolverhampton is one of the eight authorities within West Midlands conurbation which come together to produce the West Midlands Local Transport Plan. The authorities are:

  • Birmingham
  • Coventry
  • Dudley
  • Sandwell
  • Solihull
  • Walsall
  • Wolverhampton and
  • West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority / Centro

This joint document sets out the transport policy strategy for Wolverhampton. The latest version of West Midlands Local Transport Plan was published in March 2006. For further information West Midlands Local Transport Plan.

DfT funding

On 5 December 2012, in his Autumn Statement, Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced additional funding of £333 million for essential maintenance of the national and local road network. Wolverhampton City Council was awarded a total of £527,000 made up of £343,000 in 2013/14 and £184,000 in 2014/15.

In the financial year 2013/14 Wolverhampton City Council spent the additional funding on the following two road maintenance projects:

  • Aldersley Road: £187,000
  • Neachells Lane: £156,000

On 9 March 2014 the Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt. Hon. Patrick McLoughlin MP, announced a further tranche of £140 million to help highway authorities to repair damage to roads caused by the recent severe weather. Wolverhampton City Council received a sum of £231,973 which is being spent as follows:

  • £85,128 of capital funding to resurface worn out roads at Oxley Moor Road, Stockwell Road/Danescourt Road and Mayfield Road/Selbourne Crescent
  • £146,845 of revenue funding to establish and operate two additional pothole repair teams including one using a 'state of the art' infra-red repair system which recycles the existing tarmac surface to produce a seamless, long lasting repair

The Department for Transport (DfT) is inviting Councils to bid for a share of a £168 million Pothole Fund to repair local roads, making them safer and smoother for motorists, cyclists and other road users. Successful local authorities will sign a pothole pledge as a condition of the funding, setting out the number of potholes they will have repaired by March 2015.

The following documents are the application form and appendix submitted by Wolverhampton City Council:

Give us your views 

We would welcome your views and feedback on our transport strategy, to contribute to Transport and Planning in Wolverhampton: