LTP3 and the whole-town approach
One of the delivery areas for LTP3 (Local Transport Plan) is the 'Whole-Town Approach' which looks at improving or supporting improvements to transport infrastructure in the 12 main towns of the County.
Taking a whole town approach to regeneration aims to create places that are attractive, well-designed and managed; places with a range of shops, arts and cultural uses, entertainment, good amenities, transport connections and places that are a focal point for business and social interactions.
Vibrant towns are good for business. They create jobs, attract investment, generate income and are catalysts for economic growth.
All of the main towns in the county are different, each with a diverse range of opportunities to take advantage of. Equally, each has different needs and issues to tackle, depending on location. The focus, however, is firmly on tailored solutions addressing poor quality places where people live, work and socialise. This approach sets out to create co-operation from investments - not just from this local transport plan but from within education, business, housing, public realm and the wider built environment.
In any town or city, bus and rail stations play a key role in providing the first impressions to visitors of the vitality and culture of a place. Investment in these important gateways is a key component in the drive for regeneration. Together with place-shaping and regeneration activity, the LTP3 capital programme allows for spending on bus station refurbishment and enhanced safety in a number of main towns, including Durham City.