West Sussex County Council Strategic Transport Investment Programme
Stakeholder Engagement, December 2013
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
Why do we need a Strategic Transport Investment Programme
and what is a Strategic Transport Scheme?
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.
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).
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.
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.
Policy Context, Identification of Schemes and the Draft Schedule
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.
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-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Assessment & Prioritisation of Schemes
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
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
Scheme feasibility and deliverability
Links to policy support
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.
Governance, Scrutiny & Programme Approval
The shortlist of schemes will be approved by the WSCC Cabinet Member
for Highways & Transport through a key decision expected to be taken in
Progression of Schemes
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.
If you have any questions, or would like any further information, please
contact the Planning and Transport Policy Team by email at
email@example.com or at the following address:
Planning and Transport Policy Team,
West Sussex County Council