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Devolution of Local Major Schemes. Highways and Transport Panel 13 th November 2012. Agenda. The context 2. The DfT proposals for devolution 3. Implications for Hertfordshire 4. Next Steps. Existing DfT funding streams for local transport:. Block funding for highway maintenance

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Devolution of local major schemes

Devolution of Local Major Schemes

Highways and Transport Panel13th November 2012



  • The context2. The DfT proposals for devolution3. Implications for Hertfordshire4. Next Steps

Existing dft funding streams for local transport

Existing DfT funding streams for local transport:

  • Block funding for highway maintenance

  • Block funding for small transport improvement schemes

  • Local Sustainable Transport Fund

  • Local Major Schemes

What are major schemes

What are ‘Major Schemes’?

  • A large transport scheme (previously above £5m)

  • At least ‘Local’ or ‘Regional’ significance

  • Can be highway / rail / passenger transport

  • Recent examples in Hertfordshire:

  • Baldock BypassCroxley Rail Link

The previous system regional funding allocation

The previous system (Regional Funding Allocation):

Regional Prioritisation


Agree prioritised regional list

Submission of candidate schemes

Scheme Promoters

(Local Transport Authorities)

Department for Transport

Individual Scheme Business Case Approval

What has changed

What has changed?

  • New Government

  • Abolition of regional tier

  • Emergence of localism / decentralisation agenda

  • Formation of Local Enterprise Partnerships

  • Increasing need to ‘pool’ local and national funding streams to deliver projects

What has dft proposed

What has DfT proposed?

  • Formation of Local Transport Bodies (LTBs)

  • LTBs to be based on existing Local Enterprise Partnership boundaries

  • Funding allocated to LTBs for Major Transport Schemes

  • LTBs to identify priority schemes and oversee their delivery

  • Local Transport Authority to be the ‘Accountable Body’ for the LTB

  • Local Enterprise Partnership to be a LTB member

  • Other LTB members to be decided locally

Lep boundaries the national picture

LEP boundariesThe national picture

New dft proposals

New DfT Proposals

Local Transport Body

Identify, prioritise, appraise and oversee delivery of major schemes

4-year funding allocation

Department for Transport

Programme reporting

Accountable body: Local Transport Authority










Implications for hertfordshire

Implications for Hertfordshire

  • Hertfordshire will be a single county LTB

  • Hertfordshire County Council will be the accountable body.

  • Greater certainty over funding – but need to have schemes ‘ready to go’

  • A ‘pool’ of funding sources likely to be required to fund individual major schemes

  • More decision-making at a local level (Responsibilities devolved include legal, finance, transparency etc)

Suggested hertfordshire ltb


Hertfordshire County Council

(Chair and Accountable Body)

Network Rail (observer)

Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Planning Partnership

Local Enterprise Partnership

Highways Agency (observer)


District Authorities - Transport Operators - Businesses -Environmental representative - Health and Wellbeing representative

Suggested Hertfordshire LTB

LTB Operational Support

Scheme promotion and business cases

Transport planning advice





Dft programme for ltb development

DfT Programme for LTB development



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