Measuring the progress of the new Regional Transport Strategy

Lucy Johnston2022, News

Understanding the region’s travel patterns and trends is an important part of measuring the progress of the Regional Transport Strategy (RTS).   

Each year Nestrans produce a Monitoring Report. It allows Nestrans to track the effectiveness of its policies and interventions against what the Strategy sets out to achieve. Nestrans can also use the monitoring data to adjust, if necessary, so that better progress can be made towards targets.  

In November 2021, the Minister for Transport approved Nestrans’ new RTS. The Nestrans Board adopted this as its position of strategic transport policy for the next twenty years.  

With a new strategy in place, it was important to update the indicators used to track progress. Following workshops with board members, Nestrans has selected 20 indicators, across the six priorities of the RTS.  

Last month, the Nestrans Board approved the baseline monitoring report, as well as a range of targets and interim targets.  

From data on journey times and distances travelled, road safety and measuring passenger satisfaction, to accessibility, air quality and more; the monitoring report provides a detailed and meaningful baseline from which to measure future change. It then sets targets for the coming years to measure progress against the ambitious aims of the RTS.  

Nestrans take a strong stance for Road Safety and Casualty Reduction. In 2040 we aim to have zero fatalities from Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs) across the North East, including zero fatalities or serious injuries for vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists. We also want the number of injuries from RTCs to be halved.  

There are aspiring targets for improving the travelling experience, connectivity, and accessibility. This includes reducing journey times by rail on Inter-City services, and journey times via public transport, building on high levels of bus satisfaction, and enhancing connectivity to rail stations as well as their accessibility.  

Nestrans also aim to improve how we travel, decreasing the number of car kilometres driven while increasing the proportion of people walking, cycling, using public transport or car sharing. With an aim that fewer than 50% of people will rely on car driving as their main mode.  

Furthermore, targets have been set on how we measure our success in reducing emissions and our progress towards Net Zero carbon emissions.   

Full details of all indicators, including targets are available in the report.  Working with partners to deliver the Regional Transport Strategy, our aim is that by 2040 the North East will have a safer, cleaner, more inclusive, accessible, and resilient transport system, which protects the natural and built environment and contributes to healthier, more prosperous, and fairer communities.