Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee - Thursday 21 July 2022 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Room - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

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To note any apologies.


Apologies were received from Cllrs Nicky Packer, Stephen Hirst and Gina Blomefield.


Cllr Patrick Coleman substituted for Cllr Blomefield.


Declarations of Interest

Members of the committee are invited to declare any pecuniary or personal interests relating to specific matters on the agenda.


Please see note (a) at the end of the agenda.



No declarations of interest were made.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 105 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 31 May 2022.


The actions from the last meeting are attached for information.

Additional documents:


The minutes of the meeting held on 31 May 2022 were approved by the Committee.


Public Transport pdf icon PDF 977 KB

To receive a report and presentation on Public Transport, including an overview of the Mass Transit Project and how it fits within the context of the transport decarbonisation agenda,  as well as proposals for the improvement of public transport in rural areas.


, Luisa Senft-Hayward, Transport Planning Team Manager, provided the Committee with a presentation on Zero Carbon Visioning – Mass Rapid Transport as a focal point for a new public transport network in Gloucestershire. David Land, Principal Transport Planner, was also in attendance at the meeting.


The Committee was advised of the following in terms of ambitions to decarbonise transport:


·         34% of all CO2 emissions in Gloucestershire were transport related, which rose to 43% when taking into account motorways and rail.

·         Gloucestershire’s target was to achieve net zero emissions by 2045, with a 80% reduction by 2030.

·         An emissions gap had been calculated by taking into consideration national action to reduce emissions, such as banning petrol and diesel car and van sales in 2030, and GCC’s ambitions for decarbonisation.

·         The emissions gap represented carbon emitted over and above Gloucestershire’s targets.

·         An analysis of transport emissions in Gloucestershire highlighted that 60% was derived from car travel, with trips over 20km, which accounted for just 15% of all journeys, representing 60% of car emissions.

·         These longer journeys were harder to replace via public transport.

·         Bus and rail had the highest potential to replace the most emitting trips, whilst cycling could be an alternative for trips up to 10km alongside better infrastructure and the use of e-bikes.

·         A number of ambitious actions would be required in order to close the emissions gap, including reducing 7.5% of car trips; increasing the use of public transport by 100%; and increasing the amount of car km by electric vehicles (EV) by 100%.


Members were informed of the following regarding bus patronage in Gloucestershire:


·         Gloucestershire’s Local Transport Plan determined that the number of bus journeys needed to be maintained at pre-Covid levels.

·         Currently, numbers were 30% below pre-Covid levels.

·         These figures highlighted just how ambitious the target was to increase the use of public transport by 100%.

·         Data indicated that bus patronage was much higher in urban areas, with only Gloucester achieving the England and Wales average for journeys to work by bus.


The Committee was presented with proposals for a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system in Gloucestershire. It was noted that:


·         The reasons for a MRT system included decreasing bus service reliability in Gloucestershire and increased journey times, as well as supporting the decarbonisation of transport.

·         A number of actions would be required to raise the profile of buses in Gloucestershire and to prepare for future bidding opportunities.

·         A number of flagship projects were currently being delivered as part of this, including the Arle Court Interchange Hub, Rural Mobility fund and Bus Priority at signals.

·         The ambition was for a full integrated MRT system, alongside a fully developed express bus network; high quality interchange/ modal integration; for all areas to be accessible by public transport; simple and affordable fares; and clear and simple information on the system.

·         Members were shown an example of what the MRT system could look like.

·         Work to date included a pre-feasibility study and feasibility study, which was due for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.


Executive Director's Report pdf icon PDF 149 KB

To note the attached update report from Colin Chick, Executive Director of Economy, Environment & Infrastructure.


This report is to be taken as read. If members of the Committee have any questions, these should be emailed to Laura Powick in Democratic Services who will liaise with officers to provide a written response.


The Committee noted the report.  


Work Plan pdf icon PDF 53 KB

To review the committee work plan and suggest items for consideration at future meetings.


District council representatives were asked to consider whether their council would volunteer to host a meeting of the GEGSC in early 2023.


The GCC Economic Dashboard would be circulated following the meeting and regular updates would be included in the work plan going forward.


The Committee noted the work plan.



Future meetings

To note the dates of future meetings (all meetings to start at 10am):


22 September 2022

29 November 2022

18 January 2023

30 March 2023

25 May 2023

20 July 2023

21 September 2023

30 November 2023.



The future meeting dates were noted.