Call for revised local transport plan
Fenland District Council agreed a motion to call on Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) for a revised long-term strategy to improve transport in the county.
A motion agreed at Fenland's Full Council meeting on Monday (2 October), said it was 'appropriate' that the CPCA had rejected the Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP) put before its board on 20 September, but a revised version should be produced.
Cllr Gary Christy, district member for March South, presented the motion to Fenland's Council meeting.
He said: "As a positive way forwards, Council believes that the good elements contained within the rejected LTCP can be retained if a revised version of the LTCP were to be produced, with the following fundamental changes to the LTCP Strategic Document:
- Recognising that the LTCP is now wholly unfunded, prioritising the measures within the LTCP so that, as any funding becomes available, the functional and geographic order in which the LTCP will be implemented will be clearly designated in advance, and
- In any such prioritisation, specific account should be taken of the opposition in some specific Districts to implementing, in the short and medium term, 20-minute cities, road space reallocation, modal filters to reduce traffic volumes, physical and pricing interventions to create "traffic disappearance" and fiscal measures such as road charging and congestion charging.
"Council asks the Combined Authority Mayor to show some flexibility on this issue so that all of the Constituent Members of the Combined Authority can support a revised LTCP and work together in effecting its provisions."
Council agreed to send its resolution to all board members of the CPCA.
It also agreed to require Fenland councillors appointed as representatives on the CPCA board and its committees, and officers who interact with the CPCA and Cambridgeshire County Council as Highways Authority, to reflect the sentiment within its motion when interacting with the county council or when representing Fenland District Council at meetings of the combined authority or its committees.