Guidance on Accessibility Planning in Local Transport Plans

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Guidance on Accessibility Planning in Local Transport Plans

The document provides background information and guidance on the role
Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) can play in Accessibility Planning. It highlights the need to take account of crime and fear of crime when considering the local transport plans.

Title: Guidance on Accessibility Planning in Local Transport Plans
Author: Department for Transport (Dft)
Date published: February 2005
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the guidance

Background

In 2001 The Prime Minister commissioned the Social Exclusion Unit (SEU) to explore and make recommendations to overcome the problems experienced by people facing social exclusion in reaching work and key services. Following extensive research and consultation the SEU published a report in February 2003 on transport, ‘‘Making
the Connections: Final Report on Transport and Social Exclusion’
outlining the need to improve public transport and accessibility problems experienced in both urban and rural areas. The report also recognises
that the fear of crime whilst on route to, waiting for or traveling on public
transport is a growing concern.

With this in  mind the Home Office launched the Street Crime Initiative.
Through this they have been encouraging Crime and Disorder Reduction
Partnerships to improve community safety on public transport in problem areas.

Measures include persuading bus operators to install CCTV on buses, local authorities working with the British Transport Police on CCTV systems, and better lighting at rail and bus stations. Partnership working is key to tackling anti-social behaviour thus making sure that the powers given to the police and local authorities are used effectively.

The Accessibility Planning Guidance

The Department for Transport (DfT) has been working closely with other Departments and has managed a delivery plan to ensure that the recommendations of the report are implemented across Whitehall.
The Home Office has complied with this by:

  • Publishing a public transport toolkit

  • Giving more influence to PTA’s and PTE’s in CDRP’s by amending the 1998
    Crime and Disorder Act

  • Publishing the DfT’s guidance on Accessibility Planning

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here to view the guidance

The guidance sets out what is required of transport practitioners and highlights the need to take account of crime and fear of crime when considering the local transport plans, which are due to, be submitted by transport authorities to the DfT in March 2006.

Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships role

Although CDRPs will have completed their 2004 audits and consultations with the public it may not be too late to take account of Accessibility Planning when finalising the crime reduction strategy prior to publication in April 2005. PTAs and PTEs
increased involvement with CDRPs should have given them an opportunity to
influence the crime and disorders strategy. They will also be able to share information with the partners that comprise the CDRP. The mapping of crime and anti-social behaviour incidents should be part of a wider local mapping audit.

There will be many instances where tackling transport crime and the fear of crime have been included based on evidence in the audit and SMART targets will be agreed between Government Offices and CDRPs/Drug Action Teams where appropriate.

Useful resources

PTEG have produced some good practice guidance on transport and social exclusion, which also adds to the knowledge base.
View the guidance.

The Department for Transport has commissioned Steer Davies Gleave to run the withinreach programme. Withinreach is a training and advisory programme which will provide support and advice to Local Authorities, Local Transport Authorities and CDRPs and on implementing accessibility planning.
Visit the withinreach website

The
DfT Guidance on Accessibility Planning in Local Transport Plans
. 

  • This guidance builds on the SEU report and sets out how accessibility problems faced by people from disadvantaged groups and areas can be addressed.

  • Detailed information on the withinreach programme.

  • News and events page – Press releases and details of local withinreach events.

Last update: 14 February 2005

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