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Flintshire County Council's Integrated Transport Strategy

Meeting: 13/03/2018 - Environment Overview & Scrutiny Committee - Expired 13/07/20 (Item 63)

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That the Committee notes the work on Flintshire County Council’s Integrated Transport solution and its links to the wider North East Wales Metro plans by Welsh Government.


Councillor Carolyn Thomas introduced the report which gave an update on the development of the Integrated Transport Strategy for the whole of Flintshire.  She thanked the team for working with Welsh Government (WG) to secure capital funding to support schemes within the Strategy which aimed to provide a long-term sustainable transport solution by integrating all modes of transport with links across the county and wider region.


The Chief Officer (Streetscene & Transportation) and the Transportation & Logistics Manager gave a presentation covering the following:


·         Key Drivers - Why Now?

·         A Fully Integrated Solution

·         Cycleway and Active Travel

·         Highway Improvements

·         Bus Network

·         Rail Improvements

·         Linking Flintshire

·         Progress To Date


The Strategy had evolved from the Deeside Plan to extend across the county and its alignment with the North East Wales Metro system (being promoted by WG) had helped to attract capital funding.  Whilst some of the key drivers related to tackling congestion on Deeside Industrial Park (DIP) as the main employment hub in that area, the overall project aimed to establish links to key employment sites from residential areas throughout Flintshire.  Members were encouraged to attend a workshop on 11 April 2018 on the review of public transport subsidies and development of community transport arrangements.


The Committee was introduced to Mr. Askar Sheibani (Chair of Deeside Business Forum) who spoke about the economic importance of the DIP within the region and the aim to increase connectivity with other areas of Flintshire.  He praised the innovative approach taken by the Council and its achievements to date.


During discussion, Members commended the progress which had been made and the commitment to create links for accessing employment.


Councillor Shotton asked about timescales for the rail/road/bus hub.  The Chief Officer advised that WG had confirmed funding for the new buses which were expected to be operational by October.  Whilst funding and land was available, operational arrangements would need to be determined.  The provision for rail was the most aspirational aspect and options would be discussed by a joint working group with WG.


In welcoming the Strategy, Councillor Dolphin felt that the report lacked detail, particularly on the benefits to residents in the west side of Flintshire.  His concerns about congestion problems around the Lloc/Caerwys junction on the A55 were noted.  The Chief Officer acknowledged that the report did not reflect the level of work done to date but he explained that the project was expanding to other areas.  The total cost could not be estimated at this stage as the project comprised of a number of evolving schemes with some meeting criteria for Active Travel funding.


Councillor Bibby called for representations to be made to WG about the impact of reduced bus services in rural areas.  In response to comments about DIP, it was explained that the results of a recent survey to ascertain working shift patterns would help inform the new bus timetables.  On the improvements to bus journeys through Shotton High Street, full consultation would take place with residents and businesses along the Deeside corridor.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 63