Western Gateway – Sub-national Transport Body


Draft Strategic Plan and COVID-19

We fully acknowledge that at this time the impacts of COVID-19 on travel demand are not fully understood, so it is important that we monitor and update our plans accordingly. It is intended that working collectively in partnership with stakeholders will provide greater certainty for all involved during the recovery phase and increased tangible benefits for those living, working and visiting our region.

Whilst there is limited reference made to coronavirus in our Draft Strategic Transport Plan 2020-2025, the legacy of the pandemic will be much more prominent in the next Strategic Transport Plan (2020 – 2050).


Western Gateway – Sub-national Transport Body

The Western Gateway Sub-National Transport Body is formed by an alliance of local authorities that have made a commitment to work together to drive innovation, maximise economic growth and improve industrial productivity by strengthening travel connections to local, national and international markets.

The role of the Western Gateway Sub-National Transport Body is to provide the strategic leadership when discussing strategic transport infrastructure requirements with Government. By providing one single voice for the Gateway area our aim is to maximize transport investment. This will be supported by the production of a regional evidence base and a long-term Strategic Transport Plan.

The Gateway area is home to over 3 million people and is set for a step change in prosperity and productivity through an ambitious growth agenda over the next 20 years delivering 300,000 new homes and over 190,000 new jobs. It is both a highly desirable destination as well as a facilitator of movement through nationally significant travel corridors. The Gateway area links England’s South Coast to the Midlands; London and the South East to South Wales and the South West Peninsula to the rest of the UK.

The Western Gateway is formed by an alliance of the following Local Authorities:

  • Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • BCP Council (Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole)
  • Bristol City Council
  • Dorset Council
  • Gloucestershire County Council
  • North Somerset Council
  • South Gloucestershire Council
  • Wiltshire Council
  • West of England Combined Authority

The Western Gateway Sub-National Transport Body is currently in shadow form while it considers its options for becoming a formal body. During this time the Western Gateway Sub-National Transport Body will undertake the following activities:

  • Develop and publish a Strategic Transport Plan for the Western Gateway area
  • Develop a regional transport evidence base for the Western Gateway shadow Sub-National Transport Body to identify and prioritise scheme delivery for consideration by the Department for Transport
  • Enable a more effective and meaningful engagement with the Department for Transport, infrastructure agencies (including Highways England and Network Rail), service providers (such as bus and rail operating companies) and Homes England
  • Provide the focal point for discussions with Government on strategic transport and infrastructure investment decisions within the Western Gateway area
  • Agree the sequencing of priorities/schemes with Highways England and Network Rail to ensure there is a joint approach to the development and delivery of strategic infrastructure
  • Provide the opportunity to share technical expertise and resources across the Constituent Authorities to assist with the development and assessment of proposals

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Submission to the Department for Transport

The Western Gateway STB has prioritised seven major road network (MRN) schemes and has submitted this to the Department for Transport in response to the Governments request to identify our Sub-national priorities for the major road network over the period of 2020 to 2025. The STB has also identified two Large Local Major schemes and have accompanied their submission with a Regional Evidence Base that will provide the basis of our long-term multi-modal transport strategy, as well as an executive summary and the individual scheme business cases.

The schemes included in the submission:

Managing urban vehicle movements

  • Major road network - A4174 Ring road capacity improvements
  • Major road network - A4174 MOD Roundabout improvements
  • Major road network - A338 Wessex Fields Phase 2

Improving north / south connectivity

  • Large Local Major - M5 Junction 9 and A46 (Ashchurch)
  • Major road network – A350 - M4 J17 Improvement
  • Major road network - A350 Chippenham Bypass Improvements – Phases 4 & 5
  • Large Local Major - A350 Melksham Bypass
  • Major road network - A338 Southern Salisbury Improvements

Improving international connectivity

  • Major road network - A38 (Bristol Airport access improvements)

View our publicly available submission documents: 

Executive Summary

Regional Evidence Base

Updates on the success of the STB funding submission will be available on this web page.

Contact us

Western Gateway

Gloucestershire County Council

Place Hub, Block 4

Shire Hall, Westgate Street

Gloucester, GL1 2TG

Email: WesternGatewaySTB@westofengland-ca.gov.uk

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