To ensure that our Peninsula Transport Strategy is robust and well informed, we have commissioned a range of technical studies with support from the Department for Transport (DfT).
Completion of these studies is dependent on funding and kept under review. For 2021/22, alongside local authority contributions, DfT has provided funding worth £425,000 to support work by Peninsula Transport towards developing a number of these technical studies.
Key priorities and opportunities
Strategic Economic Corridor Studies
Building on the work undertaken in our Economic Connectivity Study, this is a more detailed examination of the function and operation of the most important transport corridors in the region.
- Identify opportunities for productivity improvements
- Understand potential carbon reduction and other environmental benefits from changes to use profile on corridor
- Understand real cost of congestion/delays.
Carbon Transition Strategy
Assessment of scenarios for transitioning to low carbon and net zero mobility futures including a phased plan outlining the steps required to achieve transition.
Assessment of scenarios for transitioning to low carbon future, in order to:
- Develop those which are realistic and achievable
- Ensure solutions are socially acceptable minimising inequalities.
Technology and Electric Vehicle Strategy
Strategy for integration of technologies including public transport, Intelligent Traffic Control, and new mobility opportunities, such as connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) and zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs).
- Develop evidence base for technology and electric vehicles
- Identify quick wins by mode and sector
- Identify longer-term challenges and needs for deployment and implementation.
Building on the Peninsula Rail Task Force’s 20-year plan this is an in depth examination of specific travel corridors, working with strategic partners including Network Rail and Western Gateway.
- Development of a framework to understand the role of rail in addressing priorities for moving people and goods
- Define better integration with rail and the need for alternatives.
This strategy builds an evidence base of freight requirements and will develop a plan for more efficient distribution. Consideration of last mile delivery and community and environmental needs.
- Understanding of consolidation opportunities for distribution off key strategic corridors
- Developing freight best practice in the region
- Improving standards of light goods/commercial vehicles operating in the region.
This study focuses on rural mobility needs in the peninsula: considering access to services, jobs and education using active travel and public transport and planning to ensure equality and inclusion.
- Make better use of existing vehicular assets
- Reduce the burden of ownership through shared access to mobility
- Capitalise on the rise of renewable energy across the region
- Use mobility changes as a lever for community cohesion.
International Gateway Study
This study will identify existing and likely future transport deficits accessing ports and airports.
- Determining growth and diversification opportunities
- Detailing connections with markets and facilities outside of the peninsula
- Understanding current constraints, impacting performance and future potential.