To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of car journeys that start in Rother Valley constituency compared to those journeys that start (a) south Yorkshire and (b) Sheffield City region; and what steps he is taking to help reduce the number of those journeys by improving public transport in that constituency.
The Department produces estimates of where trips begin and end for the purpose of forecasting travel for use in specific transport modelling applications. The estimates are based on national data sources such as people’s propensity to travel from the National Travel Survey and where they may live from ONS population projections. This helps inform bespoke models used in individual scheme appraisals by providing an initial estimate of demand, which the more specific models refine in light of more local data. This data set is publicly available here https://data.gov.uk/dataset/national-trip-end-model-ntem and associated software and guidance for its specific use is here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tempro-downloads.
The Government is committed to improving public transport. The Transforming Cities Fund is providing £2.5 billion to support public and sustainable transport within city regions, promote local growth, reduce carbon emissions, tackle air quality, and increase housing. £1.28 billion will be allocated via a process of co-development with 12 shortlisted cities, which includes Sheffield City Region. Decisions on the funding to be awarded to the shortlisted cities will be announced shortly.
In addition, the Government has recently announced plans to invest £5 billion to overhaul bus and cycle links across England. This is on top of the £220 million of funding announced last year to revitalise bus use across the UK by supporting electric buses and demand responsive transport schemes, establish new Superbus networks and enable local authorities to improve current or restore lost services.