The Challenge

The decision by Central Government to devolve funding for local major transport schemes to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Combined Authorities as part of their Local Growth Fund programmes has meant that elected members and other stakeholders have been required to embark on complex decision making processes to identify their priorities for local transport investments.  To assist them there has been a need to develop strongly evidenced based, sound and transparent decision making processes.

SYSTRA's Role

SYSTRA has provided independent advice and assistance in the review of transport investment proposals for LEPs, Local Transport Bodies, and Combined Authorities across the country including the North East of England, the Humber, South East Midlands, the Liverpool City Region, and Swindon & Wiltshire. We successfully developed or adapted prioritisation methodologies for identifying the transport investments working with constituent local authorities and the respective Local Enterprise Partnership, and have assisted in finalising the list of priorities for submission to government. SYSTRA continues to undertake the assurance role for several of these bodies providing independent scrutiny of transport investment business cases and the funding approvals process, including for the North East Combined Authority and for the Swindon & Wiltshire LEP.