On this page you can read a short summary or download the full published Network Management Plan document.
A Summary of the Network Management Plan
The Network Management Plan (NMP) sets out the West Yorkshire’s direction and approach to ensure effective management of the transport network.
The Traffic Management Act 2004 was introduced to augment powers of local authorities under which they maintain and improve their highway network. It imposes the Network Management Duty, which requires local traffic authorities to do all that is reasonably practical to manage the network effectively to keep traffic moving.
The Plan has been prepared by the five West Yorkshire Councils of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield, in conjunction with Metro, the Integrated Transport Authority.
The Plan has been prepared to enable West Yorkshire residents, transport users, public transport operators and local businesses to see how we will fulfil our Network Management Duty and how we intend to continue to improve highway network performance.
The main objectives of the Plan are to reduce journey times, specifically bus journey times and to reduce journey time variability. A series of outcomes have also been established to support these objectives:
- Reduced congestion;
- Better control of street works and incident management;
- Target route specific priorities; and
- Better value for money.
A number of strategic approaches have been established to help achieve these outcomes:
- Implement the Yorkshire Common Permit Scheme on qualifying parts of the road network;
- Smarter planning of road and street works;
- Investigate the potential for the further extension of shared services across West Yorkshire;
- Development of a real time travel database for West Yorkshire.
The Plan complements the existing manuals and framework guides and is intended as a strategic document, whereas the manuals and frameworks provide the detailed technical requirements.
The Plan supports the MyJourney West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan 2011-2026 (LTP3) and sets out how good network management contributes towards the three key objectives of LTP3 in supporting economic growth, promoting low carbon and enhancing people’s quality of life.
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