WSP, the engineering professional services consultancy, has been appointed by Warwickshire County Council (WCC) to review and refresh their Local Transport Plan (LTP).
WSP will support WCC over the next 18 months to refresh its LTP through a series of tasks and reports, and a member of the Transport Planning team in Birmingham will be seconded into the council to support their internal team.
WSP’s work for the council will include shaping the new structure and content of the LTP as well as identifying the wide range of evidence required to support informed decision-making.
Initial findings are expected to be delivered to WCC within six months.
This project marks a significant step for WSP’s Future Mobility and Transport Planning teams, offering Warwickshire a unique transport plan and strategy and implementing future mobility thinking into rural transport infrastructure.
A future mobility approach recognises the ever-changing nature of how people travel following developments in societal norms and behaviours, technology and modes of transport, particularly with a transition to low carbon transportation.
The need to reduce CO2 emissions and improve air quality in Warwickshire will be central to the LTP in line with the declaration of a climate emergency in the county and the UK’s net zero 2050 target.
Cllr Jeff Clarke, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for transport and planning, said: “Transport, and the economic and social benefits that it brings, is key to the County Council’s ambitions for our economy and for equality of opportunity, but this has to be aligned with our commitment to tackling climate change and reducing carbon emissions.
“The nature of Warwickshire, with its range of urban and rural communities, means that a strategy has to be flexible and adaptable. We are pleased to have this expert advice working with us to make sure that our local plan is fit for the ambitious purpose we have in mind for it as we take the work forwards.”
Giles Perkins, Head of Future Mobility at WSP, said: “Warwickshire County Council’s ambitions for a new wide-ranging and people-focussed approach to transport policy really resonated with us. We believe it’s so important to consider how transport supports every community and every part of the economy as well as underpinning everything the Council does.
“WSP’s future mobility approach will put people, places and activities at the heart of Warwickshire’s Local Transport Plan, whilst also recognising wider trends, emerging transport modes and business models.”
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