There is already a strong history of Department for Transport (DfT) projects, advice and guidance relating to the promotion of ‘liveability’ issues, including their work on Home Zones, Clear Zones and Local Transport Plans. DfT is fully involved in the working of the new Ministerial Group as well as at official level and that there continues to be a strong focus on transport-related issues.
Indeed, the Ministerial Group has agreed, following their first meeting, that enhancing the quality of the street environment should be one of the key cross-cutting priorities we need to focus on across Government. The Ministerial Group and official-level forums are now serving to ensure that transport policies and programmes are fully linked to the wider Government agenda and that we share good practice.
DfT also fully recognises the need to work closely with other Departments on cross-cutting policies that influence the quality of public spaces. For example, DfT and ODPM are working closely together to properly integrate transport and land-use planning at both regional and local level. This is reflected in the Planning Policy Statements on regional and local planning (PPSs 11 and 12) which are due be published for public consultation in October 2003.
ODPM will also be revising all planning policy guidance notes (PPGs) over the next few years, taking account of government objectives, and will work closely with DfT on revising PPG13 on Transport. Additionally, DfT are working with the Home Office and others on a crime reduction programme that emphasises to operators, local authorities and others the need to improve the pedestrian environment for those walking to and waiting for public transport.
Examples of initiatives so far include good practice guidance on improving personal security in the pedestrian environment, and undertaking work to look at reducing graffiti and other environmental nuisance on and around public transport systems.