Transport policies help the council decide where best to spend money to improve transport for everyone.
These policies help us decide which pavements and roads need investment and guides council spending when supporting public transport, parking areas or better cycling routes.
Local Transport Plan 3 - LTP3
The Local Transport Plan 3 (LTP3) is County Durham's third and current Local Transport Plan for the period from 2011 onwards. This is an overarching strategy for all our parking policies and the key documents are:
North East Transport Plan - NETP
The Local Transport Plan will soon be replaced by the North East Transport Plan. This is currently being drafted by ourselves in partnership with the North East Combined Authority (NECA). This will be out for public consultation in 2018.
Ahead of the full policies in the North East Transport Plan, the North East Transport Manifesto sets out a vision for better transport in the North East.
Supporting Transport Policy - Adopted Documents
Parking and Accessibility Standards 2014
We are currently consulting on an updated version of the Parking and Accessibility Standards 2018.
The standards for parking and accessibility have been devised to help everyone understand how much parking space is required on development sites. They are designed to make sure there is enough parking at our homes and for our shops and employment locations. The standards also have been designed to encourage the more sustainable modes of travel including walking, cycling and use of public transport.
The Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP)
This is a statutory document that enables highways authorities to create a more modern access and rights of way network.
The third ROWIP covers the period 2015 - 2018 and is called 'Walk, Cycle Ride'. Our vision is to develop a high quality path network fit for 21st century travel, recreation and enjoyment. It prioritises resources to focus on key access areas, improving paths which serve specific purposes and with greatest demand. The ROWIP and more information on rights of way can be found on our Rights of Way Improvement Plan page.
The revised County Durham Parking Policies (2016 - 2019) was approved and adopted by our cabinet in July 2016. It is intended that these policies will cover a three year period to the end of 2019. The purpose of the County Durham Parking Policies is to set out the key policies with regard to the provision of both on-street and off-street parking and for the civil parking operation.
County-wide transport planning
As part of our ongoing desire to understand how traffic flows in the county, and what impact it has, we commission travel surveys or analyse or own data. In 2015, we collected data about Durham City.
We are part of the North East Freight Partnership. The partnership, which is financially supported by NECA, brings together freight operators, councils, academics, freight user groups, industry associations and environmental bodies to share best practice and encourage safe, efficient and sustainable freight movement. The North East Freight Partnership website has a range of information relating to freight by all modes and also hosts freights maps relating to County Durham and the rest of the NECA area.
Transport Asset Management Plan (TAMP) and Highways Maintenance Management Plan (HMP)
Local councils are required to demonstrate that they are making best use of their property and other assets through asset management plans. The preparation of a Transport Asset Management Plan (TAMP) for transport-related assets, including the highway has being carried out. The processes behind how we fulfil this responsibility are fully detailed in our Highway Maintenance Plan (HMP) The latest versions of both these documents can be found on our Road maintenance page.
Documents under preparation
The following transport policy documents are currently under preparation:
Draft Durham City Sustainable Transport Strategy
The draft Durham City Sustainable Transport Delivery Plan 2016-33 (STS DC) sets out the short and long term transport policy approach for delivering transport projects in the city. The delivery plan is ambitious has been developed in partnership with the city's key stakeholders. It seeks to improve accessibility to the city centre for all transport modes. The delivery plan will be finalised in 2018 after extensive public consultation.
We will soon be consulting on a new County Durham Cycling Strategy and the new North East Strategic Transport Plan.