1 Introduction 1.2 The Structure of the Report 1.3 Setting the Policy Context

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1 Introduction

1.1 Purpose of Study

In 2006 the Scottish Executive published its National Transport Strategy (NTS). This strategy outlined the vision for the country’s transport network and the context for transport policy in the next 20 years. One of the mechanisms for delivering the National Transport Strategy is the Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR), which will identify a programme of transport interventions for the period 2012 to 2022 and beyond. Jacobs, in partnership with Faber Maunsell, and supported by Grant Thornton and Tribal Consulting, has been commissioned by Transport Scotland to undertake this review. This review is made up of a number of discrete work packages:

  • GWP1 – Inception Report;
  • SWP2 – Overall Management of the Commission;
  • SWP3 – Review of Current and Future Network Performance;
  • SWP4 – Determine Expectations, Gaps and Shortfalls;
  • SWP5 – Identify Potential Interventions and Sift Options;
  • SWP6 – Appraise Candidate Interventions;
  • SWP7 – Strategic Environmental Assessment.

Throughout the study the focus is on undertaking an evidence-based assessment covering all modes of transport. Once the performance of the current network has been carried out a number of SMART objectives will be established based on the overall framework of the three Key Strategic Outcomes (KSOs) identified in the National Transport Strategy. The appraisal and subsequent prioritisation of the interventions will be carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG).

This report (Report 1) covers a number of specific tasks which have been undertaken as part of SWP3:

  • Identification of the national strategic transport network;
  • Definition of a set of relevant and well-defined performance indicators across all modes of transport that can be used effectively and consistently to measure current conditions and forecast future conditions;
  • Assessment of the existing performance of the network, using the available TMfS and additional information; and
  • Forecast of the performance of the network to 2022 using the TMfS and other information sources.

1.2 The Structure of the Report

Following this introductory chapter, the remainder of this report is set out as follows:

  • Chapter 2: Defining the National Strategic Transport Network;
  • Chapter 3: Performance Assessment Methodology;
  • Chapter 4: Identification of issues across Urban Networks, Strategic Nodes and Corridors;
  • Chapter 5: Performance of the Urban Networks;
  • Chapter 6: Performance of the Strategic Nodes;
  • Chapter 7: Performance of the Corridors; and
  • Chapter 8: Summary
  • Chapter 9: Next Steps.

Meanings of acronyms and other terms are included in the glossary and technical reference sections.

1.3 Setting the Policy Context

The STPR will be delivered in the context of:

  • the Scottish Government’s high level objectives of wealthier and fairer; healthier; safer and stronger; smarter; and greener1;
  • the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy, to create a more successful country, with opportunities for all to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth2;
  • the current National Planning Framework, as a spatial expression of the Scottish Government’s economic, social and environmental policy taking forward spatial aspects of the economic strategy and reflecting policy commitments on sustainable economic development, climate change and regeneration3;
  • the National Transport Strategy and its associated documents, with a focus on delivering the KSOs, endorsed by the Scottish Government, of: improved journey times and connections; reduced emissions; improved quality, accessibility and affordability4; and
  • the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) and its focus on objective led transport appraisal looking across the five criteria of environment; economy; safety; integration; accessibility and social inclusion5.

The relationship between these is illustrated in Figure 1.1.

Figure 1.1: Key Links between Policy Themes

Figure 1.1: Key Links between Policy Themes