Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Item Called In
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
This report will ask the Cabinet to consider the implementation of five red routes across Medway as part of the wider transport plan to keep Medway moving. The report will seek approval to progress to a formal statutory consultation, and where appropriate, for the red routes to be implemented.
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This report provided details of the Red Routes initiative, including results of recent informal public consultation (detailed at Appendix A to the report) and sought approval to progress to formal consultation and subsequently implement Red Routes where appropriate. It also provided an update on the Moving Traffic Enforcement initiative and sought approval of the proposed enforcement plan.
The report stated that the proposals supported key priorities within the Medway Council Strategy, the Local Transport Plan and the Medway Air Quality Action Plan. A Diversity Impact Assessment had been undertaken and was attached at Appendix C to the report.
The Cabinet noted the results of the consultation as set out in the report and Appendix A.
The Cabinet agreed to progressing the following red routes locations, with additional design changes as outlined below and in paragraph 4.7 of the report, to statutory consultation, and subject to the statutory process agreed to delegate authority to the Director of Place, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Strategic Regeneration, to proceed with necessary infrastructure work and implementation:
· A2 Rainham High Street between Maidstone Road and High Dewar Road with additional loading bays Outside Nationwide Building Society, Outside the Lukehurst furniture shop and between 46-47 High Street.
The Cabinet agreed to progressing the moving traffic enforcement to the 8 locations outlined below and in paragraph 4.9 of the report and subject to the statutory process, agreed to delegate authority to the Director of Place, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Strategic Regeneration to proceed with necessary infrastructure work and implementation:
· Whittaker Street/High Street, Chatham.
The Red Route initiative, within the Safer Healthier Programme, meets several key strategic polices and action plans set out by the Council. The implementation of the recommendations enables effective enforcement of indiscriminate parking which will help to reduce congestion and delays on essential bus routes and improve road safety and air quality.
The Moving Traffic Enforcement initiative, within the Safer Healthier Programme, meets several key strategic polices and action plans set out by the Council. The implementation of the recommendations will create a more reliable and safer road network.
Report author: Alex Constantinides
Publication date: 02/10/2023
Date of decision: 05/09/2023
Decided at meeting: 05/09/2023 - Cabinet