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West Sussex County Council Strategic Transport Investment Programme  
 
Stakeholder Engagement, December 2013 

 
1. Introduction 
 
1.1 
West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has established a Strategic 
Transport Infrastructure Programme (STIP) for the identification, 
assessment, prioritisation and progression of strategic transport schemes. 
A draft schedule of strategic schemes (‘long list’) has been produced and 
stakeholders are invited to comment on the draft schedule (‘long list’) by 
Monday 13th January 2014
 
2.  
Why do we need a Strategic Transport Investment Programme  
and what is a Strategic Transport Scheme? 
 
2.1 
Strategic highway and transport priorities are delivered by the County 
Council through the Integrated Works Programme (IWP).  In light of the 
County Council’s desire to facilitate sustainable economic growth at a time 
when there is pressure on resources, the STIP has been established to 
help identify and prioritise strategic transport schemes.  
 
2.2 
Strategic transport schemes are those which are either important at a 
county-wide/’larger than local’ level or necessary to support the future 
development of an area (it does not include infrastructure that is required 
to mitigate the site-specific impact of a development – this will be secured 
through the planning system – nor structural maintenance schemes). 
 
2.3 
Locally important transport schemes will continue to be identified and 
prioritised by the County Local Committees in the Infrastructure Plans that 
are prepared for their areas. 
 
2.4 
Schemes on the national road and rail networks are the responsibility of 
the relevant operators (principally the Highways Agency and Network 
Rail), although the County Council will continue to work closely with the 
operators to progress these schemes.  
 
3.  
Policy Context, Identification of Schemes and the Draft Schedule 
 
3.1 
The West Sussex Transport Plan 2011-2026 (WSTP) sets out the County 
Council’s vision and strategy for transport and, in part two, an 
Implementation Plan for each district and borough which identifies key 
issues and aims. 
 
3.2 
The Coast to Capital Local Economic Partnership is currently preparing a 
Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) to help coordinate activities which will 
contribute to achieving and sustaining a prosperous regional economy.  
The SEP is expected to outline the role that is required from the transport 
system to support economic growth in the Coast to Capital area. The SEP 
is expected to be published for consultation in Spring 2014 and will be 
used to secure a share of the Government’s Local Growth Fund for 2015-
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3.3 
The issues identified in the WSTP and SEP, together with priorities 
identified through the area economic partnerships (e.g. the Coastal West 
Sussex Partnership) are informing the development of Strategic 
Infrastructure Packages for each district and borough which align with 
development proposals in local plans and include the strategic highway 
and transport infrastructure necessary for their delivery. 
 
3.4 
Some strategic transport schemes have been identified by local members 
or through engagement with communities. In most cases, however, they 
have been identified through technical work to progress the policies and 
strategies outlined above or to assess the future needs of the transport 
network in the context of local plan development for each area. 
 
3.5 
The attached draft schedule identifies around 50 strategic transport 
schemes which are either needed to address existing transport issues, or 
likely to be necessary to support the future development of each area 
based on current understanding of likely future plans for development in 
each district and borough. It identifies the primary objectives and policy 
support for each scheme, as well as basic attributes and information. In 
most cases, but not all, implementation of these schemes would be led by 
WSCC with support from other relevant parties including district and 
borough councils.  They could either be progressed as standalone 
schemes or as part of area-wide packages including other complementary 
transport schemes which help to achieve the same outcomes. 
 
3.6 
Some schemes have already been identified by WSCC and prioritised for 
funding by the Coast to Capital Local Transport Body (LTB) and these are 
indicated.  Funding for these schemes will now be provided as part of the 
Local Growth Fund and they will be included in the SEP. 
 
4. 
This Engagement Process 
 
4.1  Stakeholders are invited to comment  on the draft schedule of 

schemes (‘long list’) by Monday 13th January 2014.  Comments 
should be emailed to xxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xx  
 
 
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? 
 
5. 
Assessment & Prioritisation of Schemes 
 
5.1 
Significant expenditure is required to develop and implement strategic 
transport schemes and to manage limited resources, prioritisation is 
necessary to identify the schemes in which the County Council should 
invest first. 
 
5.2 
In order to maximise the prospects of attaining funding, prioritisation will 
be based on the emerging SEP and the prioritisation methodology adopted 
by the LTB, which includes: 
 
• 
Expected economic benefits of scheme operation – effects on travel 
conditions, safety & scheme value for money 

• 
Expected wider economic benefits – benefits to the local economy 
• 
Socio-distributional impact – the impact on deprivation and other 
social issues 
• Environmental 
impact 
• 
Scheme feasibility and deliverability 
• 
Links to policy support 
 
5.3 
Schemes will be scored and other projects in a local area, or on related 
parts of the transport network, will be taken into account to inform the 
preparation of a shortlist of scheme priorities for progression.  
 
6. 
Governance, Scrutiny & Programme Approval 
 
6.1 
The shortlist of schemes will be approved by the WSCC Cabinet Member 
for Highways & Transport through a key decision expected to be taken in 
May 2014. 
 
7. 
Progression of Schemes 
 
7.1 
The shortlist of schemes will be published on the WSCC website and each 
scheme will be progressed as resources permit.  The design, consultation 
and approval process will vary for each scheme depending on the nature 
of the scheme, its complexity and potential impact on communities and 
the local area.  Once a scheme design is approved (generally after 
preliminary design, operational, environmental & value for money 
assessments and public consultation) they will then be declared on 
property searches and the County Council will seek to protect any land 
required to deliver the scheme from future development.   
 
Further information 
If you have any questions, or would like any further information, please 
contact the Planning and Transport Policy Team by email at 
xxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xx or at the following address: 
Planning and Transport Policy Team,  
Strategic Planning 
West Sussex County Council 
County Hall 
Chichester 
West Sussex 
PO19 1RH