Transport Vision

What does the overall investment programme look like?

The total package is likely to cost at least twice as much as the West of England councils are currently spending on building transport schemes. The investment programme has a heavy emphasis on sustainable transport modes (incorporating continued funding for smarter choice and technology changes), as shown in the accompanying breakdown. The link between public transport and complementary highways investment is also very important, as one links with and enables the other.

How will the Transport Vision be funded?
The West of England has tended to receive less money to spend on transport compared to most core cities in the UK.

Our potential funding has increased significantly from what we might expect through our existing funding channels and by our devolution proposals in some areas. We will also be expecting some of the programme to be funded by our partners (including Highways England and Network Rail), as well as contributions from developers. However, our funding requirement is still much higher than that made available to date and we will need to lobby central government to highlight the need for and benefits of the package, both locally and for the national economy and national transport network.

We will also need to explore new funding sources and mechanisms. We need to target funding  opportunities as they arise, with projects prioritised through a clear implementation programme, to enable economic growth whilst accommodating trips in a sustainable manner, including links with development locations and people’s views expressed during the consultation.

There are opportunities for financial incentives and financial approaches to demand management to be considered at a local level. It is likely that the package will be more successful (and potentially quicker to deliver) if available funding for the package is boosted by additional revenue streams raised locally such as more extensive car parking charges, or other charging mechanisms. These could also reduce congestion and deliver better use of public transport, walking and cycling modes.

Modes list