The Local Sustainable Transport Fund was launched in January 2011 with the four West of England unitary authorities (Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Councils) being awarded nearly £30 million by the Department for Transport from the fund on two separate but integrated project programmes. The West of England Sustainable Travel (WEST) ‘Large Project’ programme involves an integrated package of measures covering the entire West of England travel to work area to be implemented in 2012/13 to 2014/15. It follows the Key Commuter Routes (KCR) project programme which was implemented 2011/12 to 2012/13.
The context for the programme is that the West of England area has a high level of road congestion and significant anticipated growth in housing and jobs. The WEST project represents a complex intervention due to the dynamic environment in which it is being implemented, the interaction between different measures within an overall package, the targeting of multiple behaviours, the impacts potentially taking time to build up and the effects varying across the population.
This Annual Output Monitoring report for 2013/14 provides data on outcomes from the interventions that have been collected to date. The data presented is divided into five areas: aggregate data; business engagement; local communities; public transport and transitions.