Mr D Joyner (Transport & Development Manager (West
Kent)) and Mr T
Read (Head of Transportation) was in attendance for this
Mr Payne (Cabinet
Member for Highways and Transport) and Mr Joyner introduced the
report which set out an overview
of the key aspects of the Kent Transport Model and the Support
& Development Commission and recommends the granting
of delegated powers to award a contract, subject to
the outcome of a procurement process.
Mr Payne and the
Chairman emphasised that the proposal was not a proposal for Kent
County Council to spend £15m, it sought to find an
appropriate provider to deliver £15m of work that would be
bought by individuals such as developers etc. The proposal was not
part of the end of transition, it was a standalone proposal for the
next ten years.
(3) Mr Payne reminded Members of the Committee that they had already been given the opportunity to discuss the details of the Kent Transport Model Support & Development Commission proposal and the associated costs outside of the meeting, prior to the Cabinet Committee meeting taking place.
Officers then responded to a number of comments and questions from Committee Members, which included the following: -
Mr Joyner said that the determination of
the availability and cost of data was a decision for the County
Council. It would depend on who had commissioned the work and how
it would be used. He gave examples in terms of supporting the Local
Plan process and said that whilst there would be a cost involved
for local groups with regards to obtaining data, it was not
intended that this would be prohibitively costly.
Mr Joyner said in terms of innovation,
many transport modelling consultants were involved across different
counties and countries. The commission would allow for future
development including towards near real-time modelling to monitor
traffic and travel, feed data into the model and implement
solutions. Near real-time modelling had just started being
introduced in York. It was intended that Kent would be able to take
advantage of such technology.
Mr Joyner said cycling journeys were not
specifically included within the model, but the intention was to
use other data, including cycling, alongside information from the
Mr Payne emphasised the importance of
adopting new technology early as a Council to put Kent in the
forefront of thinking and to ease traffic and congestion issues in
In terms of public access to information,
Mr Read said it would be set out in the fees and charges report
which was reported annually to each of the Cabinet Committees. He
said Members could be undated on and be able to comment on
contracts and the award process.
Mrs Cooper commended the report and said
that it would provide a single model of the truth for different
agencies to access.
g) Mr Read reiterated the points made by Mr Joyner in relation to charging and said that the charge for information and what was charged for the use of the model was entirely a decision for the County Council, not the consultant.
(4) The Cabinet Committee endorses the proposed decision to be taken by the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport to grant the Director of Highways, Transport & Waste delegated powers to award a contract to maintain and develop the Kent Transport Model and to run a scenario testing service on behalf of the County Council, subject to the outcome of a procurement process. The Cabinet Committee also recommends to the Cabinet Member that a further report be brought back to the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee covering issues relating to availability of the data and the pricing.