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Dartmoor:Granite & GearsCycle trails to health and prosperityApplication to the DfT Linking Communities -Grant to support cycling in National Parks


Linking Communities – Grants to supportcycling in National ParksApplication FormApplicant InformationApplicant name(s)*: Devon County Council (Lead Authority)Dartmoor National Park AuthorityBid Manager Name and position: Zsolt Schuller – Strategic Sustainable Travel OfficerContact telephone number: 01392 382811Email address:zsolt.schuller@devon.gov.ukPostal address:Devon County CouncilLucombe HouseCounty HallTopsham RoadExeterEX2 4QDWebsite address for published application:www.devon.gov.uk/cycling-national-parks-application


SECTION A - Project description and funding profileA1. Dartmoor: Granite and Gears – Cycle trails to health andprosperityA2. Headline description:Dartmoor National Park sits at Devon’s heart and its visitors are key to the County’s growingeconomy. Surrounded by market towns and Cities as well as by internationally important coastsand countryside, Dartmoor is Devon’s playground. Our ambitious proposal will encouragehealthy active travel to and from Dartmoor via new family friendly multi-use routes from the eastand west. When on the Moor cyclists will receive a warm welcome at dedicated hub sites withfacilities aimed at enticing people to explore and ‘learn or return’ to cycling. They will then returnhome, inspired to continue cycling for their daily trips.A3. Geographical area:This application covers Dartmoor NationalPark and immediate surrounds. Covering anarea of 950 km 2 Dartmoor contains thelargest and wildest area of open country inthe south of England. Home to 35,000residents, Dartmoor is within easy access toalmost 800,000 people through gatewaytowns and the cities of Plymouth and Exeter.The National Park receives an average of2.4m visitors a year.Dartmoor is easily accessible via bus or themainline rail network and is only a short drivefrom the M5. Ferry services from Plymouthalso provide links to the continent and theEurovelo cycle network.A detailed plan is included in Appendix A.OS Grid Reference: SX7466 (Postbridge, central area on Dartmoor)Postcode: TQ13 9JQ (Parke, National Park Head Quarters)PL20 6TH (Visitor Centre)Before photos at key locationsWeblinkRefer to Appendix Ahttps://sites.google.com/site/dartmoornationalparkbid/kmllinksA4. Scheme ElementsFour schemes make up the complete programme with three focusing on site specific areas andone overarching the entire programme with the objective of supporting more cycling in ruralareas. A detailed plan showing the four scheme elements is included in Appendix A. Togetherthey build on the existing cycle network and focus improvements where the greatest benefitscan be captured. The schemes, whilst ambitious, are achievable within the life of the Fund and2


will offer complete cycle routes to improve and create additional cycling opportunities for arange of visitors from the keen mountain biker to those looking to increase their activity level.The four scheme elements can all be progressed as standalone schemes, but together theyprovide high quality access routes to Dartmoor from east and west and also across the Mooritself. The scheme elements are complementary in providing an integrated and thus enhancedcycling experience for local residents, tourists and people with limited mobility. We want to buildup an individual’s confidence leading to a sustained increase in cycling activity.Scheme Element 1 – Cycling on DartmoorWith improved routes to access Dartmoor, thisscheme element will ensure that visitors havethe confidence to explore further and areencouraged to extend their stay. Our visionincludes creating dedicated hubs 1 and trails forthe visitor and providing enhanced access tothese special sites. Our past experience withschemes such as the Exeter CycleDemonstration Town, Exe Estuary Trail andDrake’s Trail has shown that we are well placedto deliver successful, high quality, schemes.The proposal is to provide trails which link to theexisting network. Exciting opportunities exist todevelop ‘Cycling Hubs’ at Postbridge,Princetown and Moretonhampstead withconnecting routes along existing disused railwaytrack beds and canal tow paths.Scheme Element 2 – Access to East DartmoorFor scheme references see Table A.For scheme references see Table A.Improvements to access Dartmoor from the East,and major centres including Newton Abbot (Pop:69,000), Torbay (Pop: 131,000) and Exeter (Pop:137,000) will capitalise on the development of theWray Valley Trail. Key sections of this largely offroadtrail which are needed to create an easy touse, attractive route will be accelerated with thisfunding and which otherwise may not be possibleto develop. A major component of this is providinga bridge for cyclists (and pedestrians) over theA38 removing a key barrier that has beenidentified. When complete the route will link backto Newton Abbot and the mainline rail network,providing viable commuting opportunities as wellas a leisure facility. This will also link to the work ofour three Local Sustainable Transport Fundprogrammes – Access to Employment, Access toEducation and Access to Stations.1 Cycle ‘Hubs’ are referenced throughout the Application. For the purposes of this document ‘Cycle hub’ refers to alocation where visitors can stop to find information about routes and facilities. Other services may include securecycle parking, bike hire and repair, toilets, refreshments and accommodation.3


Scheme Element 3 – Access to West DartmoorAccess from Plymouth (Pop: 256,000) and theWest requires specific improvements toremove existing gaps in the Drake’s Trail andGranite Way sections of the National CycleNetwork Route 27. These sections will beaddressed through this funding in order to fullyrealise the benefits along the route. In addition,some existing sections require physicalupgrades, particularly around Tavistock.Upgrading the route, and bridging existing gapswhere they exist, will encourage more peopleto cycle for longer thus spend more time andmoney in Dartmoor. In addition this completespart of a wider Devon Coast to Coast routewhich is not only part of the National CycleNetwork but also part of the Eurovelo networkand a current EU project called Cycle West.Cycle West is a partnership project which willcreate better cycle links with Normandy andBrittany through the ferry port and rail station atPlymouth.For scheme references see Table A.Scheme Element 4 – Accessibility and Interpretation ImprovementsComplementing the infrastructure with signing and interpretation will strengthen the quality ofthe routes, providing accessible trails that are enjoyable to ride, inspiring and an educationalactivity as a major attraction for visitors. To further promote access, we will invest in a flexible,cycle friendly taxi scheme and a cycle hub at Newton Abbot rail station, both of which willimprove access to Dartmoor.4


A summary of the key components of each scheme element and projects are included in theTable below.SchemeElementProjectsImprovements /constructionSafer crossing /junctionimprovementsSignage /interpretationOther minor worksRoutelengthElements indicated on map A31) Cycling onDartmoor2) Access toEast Dartmoor3) Access toWestDartmoorA) Princetown RailwayTrailB) Moorland cyclinghubsA) Wray Valley Trail B) Exeter to DartmoorRoute DevelopmentA) Devon Coast toCoast: Granite WayB) Devon Coast toCoast: Drake’s Trail A) Round Dartmoor Way 4)B) Cycle West RouteAccessibility DevelopmentandC) ImprovingInterpretationAccessibility & ImprovementsInterpretationTable A – Summary of the Scheme ElementsA5. Equality Analysis35km34km81km140kmTrail improvements and crossingof the B3212Cycling hubs at Postbridge,Princetown andMoretonhampsteadi) Moretonhampstead to BoveyTraceyii) Crossing of the A38iii) Bovey Tracey to NewtonAbbotPath development parallel toA38 and then via Haldon ForestPark on quiet roadsi) Connection into newdevelopment in Okehamptonii) Southerly to Station Road,Bridestoweiii) Pegasus Wayiv) Rattlebrook Railway Traili) Bere Alston to Tavistockii) Clearbrook Rampiii) Plymbridge Woods Trails andhubRoute signing and brandingi) Cornwall to Dartmoorii) Okehampton to ExeterNewton Abbot Cycle HubHas any Equality Analysis been undertaken in line with the Equality Duty? Yes NoThe Impact Assessment is included in Appendix A. All routes will be access audited to ensurethey are fully accessible by those with limited mobility. Use of Tramper Buggies (see AppendixA) will be encouraged.A6. Partnership bodiesThe project will be delivered through three levels of partnership as indicated in Table B.Statements of support from partners are included in Appendix C.Primary Partners are the lead organisations driving proposals and will be responsible for theday to day management of the programme and scheme elements. Some of the delivery will becarried out by these partners.5


Secondary Partners are key to the successful delivery of specific scheme elements. DevonCounty Council has Memorandum of Understandings with both the Forestry Commission andNational Trust established after a number of successful previous projects. Devon has alsoworked with Plymouth City Council over a number of years to ensure that cross border schemesare established to create seamless high quality networks.Supporting Partners have an enabling / facilitating role either as Planning Authorities, ParishCouncils, tenants or through managing complementary projects. Their support is crucial,particularly in relation to community consultation, promotion and achieving swift delivery withinthe funding period.Table B – Partnership LevelsSECTION B – The Business CaseB1. The Scheme – Summary of how the scheme meets the assessment criteriaPlease indicate how the scheme is going to achieve all the assessment criteria.Evidence of connectivity with public transport hubs, wider cycling networks and surroundingcommunities. Refer to the mapping in Appendix AEvidence of match funding (at least 30%) from the local Authority or related. Refer toAppendix DCommitment and ability to deliver by 31 March 2015. Refer to Appendix GClear demand from stakeholders for the proposed scheme. Refer to Appendix CHigh quality scheme design and innovation. Demonstrated throughout the ApplicationCommitment to monitor proposed scheme. Refer to Section CEvidence of health benefits and positive impact upon health inequalities. Demonstratedthroughout the Application6


B2. The Strategic Casea) What is the problem that is being addressed, making specific reference to barriers toincreased cycling and why this has not been addressed previously?Challenge: The current network of traffic-free, off-road cycle routes is fragmented andlacks variety.Dartmoor has noticed a significant upturn in the popularity of Road Cycling on Dartmoor inrecent years, in part due to Devon County Council’s sustained investment in hosting of the Tourof Britain in the County. However, the annual pattern of visitors to National Park Centres hasremained consistent year on year (at around 230,000), with the largest number of visitors in Julyand August and the smallest numbers between November and March. Total visitor numbers toDartmoor have also been consistent at around 2.4m (with a slight decline to 2.28m in 2011).There is already a network of existing, well used routes, although infrastructure on some ofthese routes is in need of upgrading and improvement and gaps need to be closed to createattractive, continuous trails.With these improvements our ambition is to increase visitor numbers year on year, and create ayear long experience to allow visitors to stay for longer (over 80% are currently day visitors). Inorder for this to be realised, there needs to be improvement to the variety of activities andopportunities available to visitors. In addition, our Automatic Counters show that cycling is ayear round activity, increasing the sustainability of spending and jobs (e.g. Haldon Forest Park).Challenge: Levels of activity amongst local communitiesThere is a clear need for improvement in order to offer encouragement and to promoteopportunities for more people to engage in regular, sustained physical activity across theNational Park. This opportunity provides a crucial link to one of the four strategic themes fromthe Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Devon 2013 – 2016 “Lifestyle interventions and theprevention of ill health”. It is recorded that only 13% of the Devon population regularlyparticipate in active recreation, and almost two thirds do not participate in any active recreation.Physical activity is linked with all-cause mortality and proves the importance of promoting ournatural asset. Creating higher quality, more extensive routes will increase use and lead to amore active community.Challenge: Accessing a wild landscapeThere is a perception that Dartmoor is accessible only to highly committed cycling enthusiasts,capable of self-navigation with a map and compass. This hugely limits the visitor base andpotential benefits of cycling to the Dartmoor economy. This needs to be addressed and theperception of isolation and fear of being lost on Dartmoor removed. There is a large populationof Devon living within close proximity of the Moor, yet many are not aware of the opportunitiesthat exist for cycling for a wide range of abilities. Our work would include a major promotionalcampaign to address this, advertising what is available for all. We need to break down thebarriers that local communities and visitors believe exist, and promote that Dartmoor can, andshould, be enjoyed by all. Work carried out as part of the development of the DartmoorRecreation Strategy identified lack of transport, especially amongst young people as one of thebiggest barriers to getting onto Dartmoor.Challenge: The vulnerable economy of DartmoorDespite the small increase across Devon as a whole, there has been a general and substantialdeterioration in the Dartmoor economy. Growth between 2004/09 already showed a markedslowdown compared with 1999/04 and ended in a significant downturn in 2009. The aspiration7


is to extend the summer tourists season and promote Dartmoor as a year round destination forcycling, helping support tourism businesses through the winter months.Challenge: Population growth across DevonIn the period to 2031 Devon is set to accommodate 67,000additional homes. This growth will place increasing pressureon existing leisure infrastructure and the County needs to bepreparing for this now. In addition the ageing populationprofile of the County shows that over the same period thenumber of people over 65 is set to rise by approaching100,000.This growth plus the increase in the number of retiredresidents with increased leisure time means we need toimprove access to and make the most of existing assetssuch as Dartmoor National Park.Funding has been a key barrier to fully addressing these problems. This application comprisesprojects that target these issues and whilst some have been brought forward others requireadditional support. This application provides an excellent opportunity to unblock these projectsand deliver our vision.b) What options have been considered and why have alternatives have been rejected?Whilst other options have been considered there are issues which have meant these optionshave not been progressed.Off-road routesOur proposal includes a number of off-road routes. Whilst on-road does offer an acceptableroute in some locations, research by Devon County Council has shown that it is the high qualityoff-road routes that encourage people back into cycling or to try it for the first time. In addition,on average 50% of the usage of off-road trails, is by pedestrians, people with buggies andpeople on mobility scooters. By investing in high quality off-road facilities, we can benefit farmore users than just cyclists, creating a larger net benefit to local communities and visitors.Public TransportA central element of this proposal is to create direct linkages with public transport interchanges.The main interchanges we are focusing on as part of the programme are;- Newton Abbot Rail Station- Plymouth Rail Station- Brittany Ferries (attracting continental visitor spending)Devon County Council and Dartmoor National Park Authority have both worked on a number of‘Cycle Bus’ projects in the past. Experience has shown that very often these open to greatpublic and press applause but in the long term fail to become commercially viable after grantfunding has finished. This pattern has been replicated elsewhere in the Country with servicesfailing to offer the flexibility that many cyclists want both in terms of routes and timings.The Devon Bike Taxi proposal is a low cost and flexible solution giving cycliststhe ultimate freedom to be dropped or picked up when and wherever theywant. The investment is minimal involving fitting a number of taxis across theDartmoor area with tow bars and a collapsible bike rack that can be stored inthe boot. This will then be marketed to cyclists and an “app” developed to helpcyclists access the nearest service when exploring the National Park.8


Information1SW (http://map.1sw.org.uk/) is a partnership project across the South West region aimed atencouraging people to enjoy adventurous off-road cycling opportunities. As well as delivering anumber of successful hub sites a key output has been developing an easy to use InteractiveMap.This map shows all routes available forcycling on Dartmoor, grades them forsuitability, has information about facilitiesand also has photos and videos so visitorscan find out more before they leave theirhomes. It is a fantastic resource and isalready proving incredibly popularaveraging over 1500 unique visits a monthin its first 13 months of operation. Morepublicity and resources like this areneeded to promote Dartmoor and all of theschemes will include high profile andinnovative promotion and interpretation.c) What are the expected benefits / outcomes? For example, job creation, health benefits, roadsafety and linked transport on the basis on which these have been estimated.The benefits of the proposed scheme elements are numerous and centered around health,economy and safety.HealthThe benefits of physical activity are well documented and regular activity can help to preventand manage over 20 chronic conditions. The causal relationship between physical activity andall-cause mortality is clear. Results from the Active People Survey show that two thirds of thelocal population in Devon are failing to achieve one session of physical activity a week. Weappreciate the nature of the challenge and this programme can help to address this statistic.EconomyDevon County Council received the 2012 Devon Federation of Small Businesses Best AllRound Tourism Award for its investment in cycling, highlighting the benefits to the Countyeconomy.An increase in visitors to Dartmoor will bring with it increased revenue, supporting the economyof Dartmoor in these times of austerity. Increasing the tourist season and the length of stay willbuild on this and we aim to reduce the percentage of day visitors which is currently over 80%.There is a massive opportunity to grow Dartmoor’s economy with these targeted improvements.As a result we would expect to see job creation, an increase in holiday accommodationavailable and new businesses starting to cater for the increase in visitor numbers.SafetyA number of projects proposed will have a positive impact on safety. Safe crossing points, cyclepriority and dedicated off-road routes will remove potential conflicts between cyclists andvehicles. The introduction of specific projects aimed at increasing safety removes therequirement for cyclists to stop short as they reach a barrier, where they can now continue theirride.9


EconomyHealthSafetyBenefitIncreased revenueJob creation to cater for theincrease in visitorsIncrease in holiday accommodationNew business start upsIncrease in people using outdoorplaces for exerciseIncrease in cycle trips on DartmoorPercentage of the populationpartaking in physical activityImproved safetyBaseline£119.2m revenue generated from tourism inDartmoor.3,014 jobs are directly related to the tourismindustry.3 applications received in 2008/09, 11 in2011/12 and 15 in the first half of 2012/13.There are currently 44 cycle businesses.Devon has 23% of people using outdoorplaces for health/exercise and Plymouth has10% (Public Health Outcome FrameworkIndicator 1.16).On average, over 600,000 annual cycle tripscurrently take place.13% of adults in Devon are recorded asregularly participating in active recreation,and almost two thirds are not engaging inany physical activity.Police Stats19 data shows that between2007 and 2011 there was an annual averageof 19 collisions where a cyclist was injuredon the highway in the project area.d) Are there are any related activities, that if not successfully concluded would mean the fullbenefits of the scheme may not be realised. For example, this could relate to landacquisition, planning, other transport interventions being required or a need for additionalconsents?Cycling to and on Dartmoor is currently challenging for all but the most enthusiastic cyclists.This funding would allow Partners to pursue projects which deliver high quality family friendly,largely off-road multi-use routes, utilising improved canal tow paths and derelict railways to andon the Moor and vastly improving the traffic-free accessibility of Dartmoor. Without this fundingthe County and partners would not have sufficient resource to acquire a number of specificpackages of land or deliver some of the more costly elements of the programme. As a resultDartmoor would remain inaccessible by bike and for less able users resulting in the trend for thelarge proportion of visitors arriving by car to remain.Without funding many of these schemes would remain as aspirational, with resource beingfocused on more urban facilities in the County. As a result rural tourism businesses would missout on the potential economic benefits of cycling visitors. Partners such as the ForestryCommission, National Trust, South West Lakes Trust and Sibelco who are making their landholdings available to deliver these routes would either not be able to deliver routes or theywould be delivered to a lower standard, perhaps not multi-use.For the Wray Valley Trail, land has been acquired over the years. This is echoed amongst otherroutes across Dartmoor. We have a good track record with planning and the evidence can beseen through negotiations at a local historic site on the Exe Estuary (Powderham Castle).Compulsory Purchase Orders have been used intelligently across the County.10


e) What is the impact of the scheme – and any associated mitigation works – on any statutoryenvironmental constraints? For example, Local Air Quality Management Zones.It is the very nature of the area that the National Park has a number of environmentaldesignations. A number of schemes have been successfully delivered that are sensitive to theenvironment, and there is no reason why this should not be the case. In many cases schemepreparations have already begun thus schemes are not starting from ‘square one’ and existingrisks are well known and it is understood how they can be mitigated.B3. The Financial Case – Project CostsPlease complete the following tables. Figures should be entered in £000s (i.e. £10,000 = 10).Table A: Funding profile (Nominal terms)£000s 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 TotalDfT funding sought 756.0 3,616.6 4,372.6Local Authority contribution 402.0 1,123.0 300.0 1,825.0Third Party contribution 706.6 370.4 150.0 1,227.0TOTAL 1,864.6 5,110.0 450.0 7,424.6B4. The Financial Case - Local Contribution / Third Party Fundinga) The non-DfT contribution may include funding from organisations other than the schemepromoter. If the scheme improves transport links to a new development, we would expect tosee a significant contribution from the developer. Please provide details of all non-DfTfunding contributions to the scheme costs. This should include evidence to show how anythird party contributions are being secured, the level of commitment and when they willbecome available.Devon County Council’s commitment to cycling was outlined after the 2012 Cycling StrategyUpdate where Cabinet approved a £13.9m countywide investment program in cycling to 2015.This followed on from the £13m spent on cycling between 2009 and 2012.In relation to this scheme Devon County Council and Dartmoor National Park Authority are bothmaking contributions to projects through integrated transport funds and core budgets. TheSecondary Partners will also contribute through schemes and as land owners (National Trustand Forestry Commission).Third Party Contributions are also available from the Supporting Partners shown in Section A6and other sources including developer contributions. Full details of the non-DfT fundingcontributions are attached in Appendix D supported by letters of commitment (Appendix C).b) Where the contribution is from external sources, please provide a letter confirming thebody’s commitment to contribute to the cost of the scheme. The Department is unlikely tofund any scheme where significant financial contributions from other sources have not beensecured or appear to be at risk.Have you appended a letter(s) to support this case? Yes No N/A11


c) The Department may accept the provision of land in the local contribution towards schemecosts. Please provide evidence in the form of a letter from an independent valuer to verifythe true market value of the land.Have you appended a letter to support this case? Yes No N/Ad) Please list any other funding applications you have made for this scheme or variants thereofand the outcome of these applications, including any reasons for rejection.The “Two Moors Sustainable Visitor Travel Project” was submitted as a Local SustainableTransport Fund (Tranche 2) application covering both Dartmoor National Park and ExmoorNational Park. The application was led by Somerset County Council with Devon County Councila Partner. The project aimed to provide the transport conditions necessary to support growth inthe tourist economy by introducing measures such as public transport services, travelinformation and bicycle hire. Cycle infrastructure was only one element of the package. Theletter from the DfT informing the partnership that the application had been unsuccessful stated“There were concerns about the long-term financial sustainability of proposals. Due to thepressures of affordability, this bid was not successful in securing DfT funding”.It is understood that concerns were particularly focused around the Public Transport elementsof the application. As a result and as recommended we wish to proceed with the cyclingelements of the proposal where issues of on-going revenue support relate only to routemaintenance and promotion.B5. The Financial Case – Affordability and Financial Riska) What risk allowance has been applied to the project cost?All project costs include contingency and an optimism bias of at least 15%. In addition, thenumber of projects that make up the programme allows scope for the more challengingschemes to progress at a slower rate if required, whilst other improvements can be fast-tracked.This ensures that cycling facilities on the Moor will continue to be enhanced throughout thefunding period.b) How will cost overruns be dealt with?Current and programmed spend will be monitored on a monthly basis. If the situation arises thatadditional funding is required, it will be sought through local contributions or increases to DevonCounty Council or Dartmoor National Park Authority’s contributions.c) How will cost overruns be shared between non-DfT funding partners (DfT funding will becapped and will not be able to fund any overruns)?Any cost overruns will be the responsibility of the highways authority, Devon County Council.The exceptions to this will be schemes that are fully funded by other partners such as theNational Trust. In these circumstances these partners would be responsible for 100% of anycost overrun.12


B6. The Economic Case – Value for Moneya) Please provide a description of your assessment of the impact of the scheme to include:- Significant positive and negative impacts (quantified where possible);- A description of the key risks and uncertainties;- A short description of the modelling approach used to forecast the impact of the scheme andthe checks that have been undertaken to determine that it is fit-for-purpose.Impact Reason + / - QuantifiedIncrease in cyclistson the MoorIncreased revenuefrom visitorsJob creationBusiness start upsin DartmoorHealth benefitsIncreased safetyChange of use onthe MoorRisks and UncertaintiesIncrease and varietyin trails willencourage newvisitorsAn increase in visitorsplus length of stay willtherefore increaserevenueIncreased tourism willlead to jobs createdto handle demandAn increase in visitorswill lead to anincrease in businessservices requiredIncreasing routechoice leads to amore activecommunitySafety benefitsthrough off-roadinfrastructure and thecreation of safecrossing points atcertain locationsMore visitors to theMoor reduces itsisolation and charmPositivePositivePositivePositivePositivePositiveNegativeWe would expect to replicate growthseen where new network has beencreated/improved. 43% growth isexpected in the period 2015 to 2018.Local cycle tourism data suggestsvisitor spend of £18.80 per head.Therefore we would expect anincrease in revenue of over £6m up to2018 as a result of this programme.Using employment figures from anexisting cycling hub at Haldon ForestPark, we estimate there is potentialfor 27 new full time and 68 part timepositionsBusiness start ups are expected toincrease more rapidly than they arecurrently.We would expect 884 more people tocycle on an average day – a total of322,660 over an annual period basedupon previous schemes. This level ofadditional activity has the potential tosave 0.95 deaths per year (HEAT toolcalculation) and decrease averagemortality in the population by 8%.We would expect to seeapproximately 50% reduction incyclist collisions, particularly whereroutes offer alternative to busy trafficcorridors, e.g. Wray Valley Trail.We would aim to see a net increasein satisfaction amongst existingusers.Risks have been identified for each of the scheme elements. Scheme elements are at differentstages and so not all risks relate to every project that is proposed. The key risks that have beenidentified are:13


Identifying the impactDartmoor covers an area of over 950km 2 and identifying visitor numbers to Dartmoor and morespecifically cyclist numbers is not an exact science. However, these can be estimated throughavailable data sources. Information relating to the length of cycle trips and return visitors is moredifficult to record in order to provide a detailed appreciation of the impacts of the scheme, andtotal number of unique, and new, cyclists to Dartmoor.Land ownershipThere are some areas of land that require acquisition to progress scheme elements. We havegood relationships with these owners and have agreements in place in a number of cases.There is a risk to the economic case if missing links cannot be progressed. However, ouralready successful track record in delivery across the Moor shows that any issues on this canbe overcome.b) Bidders should provide the following as annexes as supporting material:- A completed Scheme Impacts Pro Forma which summarises the impact of proposals againsta number of metrics relevant to the scheme objectives. The Pro Forma can be accessedfrom the Department’s website and is published alongside this application form. It isimportant that bidders complete as much of this table as possible as this will be used by DfT– along with other centrally sourced data – to form an estimate of the BCR of the scheme.).- A description of the sources of data and forecasts used to complete the Scheme ImpactsPro Forma. This should include descriptions of the checks that have been undertaken toverify the accuracy of data or forecasts relied upon. Please provide references to thissupporting material for each of the metrics in the pro forma.Has a Scheme Impacts Pro Forma been appended? Yes No N/AScheme Impact Pro Formas are included in Appendix E.Has a description of data sources / forecasts been appended? Yes No N/AInformation relating to the data sources and methodology is attached as Appendix F.B7. Management Case - DeliveryDeliverability is one of the essential criteria for this Fund and as such any bid should set out anynecessary statutory procedures that are needed before it can be constructed.a) A detailed project plan (typically in Gantt chart form) with milestones should be included,covering the period from submission of the bid to scheme completion. The definition of thekey milestones should be clear and explained. The critical path should be identifiable andany key dependencies (internal or external) should be explained. Resource requirements,task durations, contingency and float should be detailed and easily identifiable.Dependencies and interfaces should be clearly outlined and plans for management detailed.Has a project plan been appended to your bid? Yes NoA summary Project Plan is included in Appendix G. Detailed project plans are developed foreach project included in this programme.14


) If delivery of the project is dependent on land acquisition, please include a letter from therespective land owner(s) to demonstrate that arrangements are in place in order to securethe land to enable the authority to meet its construction milestones.Has a letter relating to land acquisition been appended? Yes No N/ADetail relating to the number of land owners and status for each project are included inAppendix H.c) What are the main risks to the project delivery timescales and what impact will this have oncost?We are experienced at dealing with risk to project delivery and costs. Our focus on cycleinfrastructure over preceding years has led to a number of routes delivered, such as sections ofthe Drake’s Trail, Wray Valley Trail and further afield at the Exe Estuary Trail. These are realexamples of delivery which support our ability to handle any risks associated with thisprogramme.Main risks that exist, impacting both on programme and costs are related to land, works costsand reliance on external partners. We are pursuing a number of small schemes and can shiftthe focus and accelerate another scheme if one is delayed. This will not lead to increasedscheme costs, but a change in delivery programme.A risk register will be kept and maintained for each project to work towards removing, reducing,transferring or accepting them if they were to arise.d) Please provide summary details of your construction milestones (at least one but no morethan 5 or 6) between start and completion of works:Table C: Construction milestonesScheme Projects Start Date Opening DateCycling onDartmoorPrincetown Railway TrailMoorland cycling hubsSeptember 2013December 2015May 2014May 2015Access to EastDartmoorWray Valley TrailExeter to DartmoorFebruary 2014March 2014March 2016February 2016Access to WestDartmoorGranite WayDrake’s TrailMarch 2014March 2014March 2016March 2016Accessibility andinterpretationimprovementsRound Dartmoor WayCycle West RouteJune 2013August 2013March 2014September 2013Milestones have been based on the earliest start of a specific project of each route, and thelatest finish. Further details are included in Appendix G. Funding for projects after March 2015will be from Local Authority and Third Party funding.15


e) Please list any major transport schemes costing over £5m in the last 5 years which theauthority has delivered, including details of whether these were completed to time andbudget (and if not, whether there were any mitigating circumstances)Devon Cycle ProgrammeOver the last five years, £13 million has been invested in delivering cycle schemes acrossDevon. The County Council has considerable experience in delivering significant cycle schemesin challenging locations including the Exe Estuary, Drake’s Trail and Granite Way. Issuesinclude routes within Network Rail boundaries parallel to rail lines, crossing rivers and valleysand negotiating with a large number of sometimes challenging landowners. The majority ofschemes have been delivered on time and to budget. For example the recent bridge over theTeign at Newton Abbot came in £500k under budget.The cycle programme has also included the successful delivery of three Connect2 projects inpartnership with Sustrans.East of Exeter Access Improvements Phase 2The works on this £15 million project were started in May 2011 and completed in November2012. The project contained three elements: improvements to M5 Junction 29; widening andbus lane provision to C832 (Old A30); and contribution to new junction provision to theIntermodal Freight Terminal off Clyst Honiton Bypass.The scheme package was funded by Section 31 Grant from DfT and Third Party contributionsvia Devon County Council.The contract was delayed by four months, largely due to significant problems with undergroundservices locations. These were also responsible for the majority of the cost increase from£14.410m to £15.691m although this was also attributable to an increase in the scope of thescheme to facilitate future development.All the available Section 31 Grant allocated to this scheme has now been claimed, with thebalance of funding being made up by the County Council as described above.Barnstaple Western BypassThis £42m scheme was completed on time and the construction contract settled within theallocated budget.At the time it was the biggest single civil engineering project prepared by the County Council in20 years. The scheme included a 60m long viaduct, 1km of associated side roads, three newjunctions as well as cycleways and footpaths to improve options for sustainable travel, includingimproved connections on the South West Coast Path and Tarka Trail (National Cycle NetworkRoute 27).B8. Management Case – Statutory Powers and Consentsa) Please list separately each power / consents etc obtained, details of date acquired,challenge period (if applicable) and date of expiry of powers and conditions attached tothem. Any key dates should be referenced in your project plan.Statutory powers / consents that have been obtained are summarised below. Detail on these isincluded in Appendix I.16


Scheme Element Statutory Power / Consent DetailsCycling on DartmoorAccess to East DartmoorAccess to West DartmoorAccessibility and InterpretationImprovementsNone obtained to datePlanning PermissionPlanning PermissionNot requiredPermission obtained fortwo route sectionsPermission obtained forthree route sectionsb) Please list separately any outstanding statutory powers / consents etc, including thetimetable for obtaining them.Outstanding statutory powers / consents are summarised below, and detailed in Appendix I.Scheme ElementCycling on DartmoorAccess to EastDartmoorAccess to WestDartmoorAccessibility andInterpretationImprovementsStatutoryPower /ConsentPlanningPermissionPlanningPermissionPlanningPermissionNegotiationswith landownersNot requiredDetailsAn Application may berequired depending onfinal route choice.Planning is required fortwo route sectionsLandowners supportivein most instances.Planning applicationsrequired for two sectionsTimetablePlanning Applications to besubmitted by December2013.Planning Applications to besubmitted by December2013.c) What will happen if funding for this scheme is not secured – would an alternative (lower cost)solution be implemented? (If yes, please describe this alternative and how it differs from theproposed scheme?)All schemes are within our Vision and long term programme for access to and within DartmoorNational Park. If funding is not secured, the schemes will go ahead when funding becomesavailable and therefore take a much longer duration to complete, if they are completed.B9. Management Case – GovernanceThe delivery of this project will be led by Devon County Council’s Sustainable Travel Team. Thishighly experienced and award winning team has a proven track record of delivering cyclingschemes including Exeter’s Cycling Demonstration Town project, a ‘Finding New Solutions’project for the DfT and a number of high profile routes in the County including the Granite Way,the Tarka Trail and soon to be completed £10m Exe Estuary Trail. The team will include aproject manager dedicated to the application ensuring schemes and financial claims aredelivered on time. This team will work across organisational boundaries drawing in relevantdelivery staff from Dartmoor National Park Authority who have led on engagement withcommunities and stakeholders.17


A Project Steering Group will be established between the two Authorities and chaired by theSenior Responsible Officer. The organogram overleaf depicts the agreed governancearrangements.B10. Management Case - Risk ManagementAll schemes will be expected to undertake a thorough Quantified Risk Assessment (QRA) and adetailed risk register should be included in the bid. The QRA should be proportionate to thenature and complexity of the scheme. A Risk Management Strategy should be developed andshould outline on how risks will be managed.Has a QRA been appended to your bid? Yes NoHas a Risk Management Strategy been appended to your bid? Yes NoThe QRA and Risk Management Strategy is included at Appendix J.B11. Management Case - Stakeholder Managementa) Please provide a summary of your strategy for managing stakeholders, with details of thekey stakeholders together with a brief analysis of their influences and interests.The response to question B.9 depicts our Governance Structure with a Project Managerreporting to a programme board.The Project Manager will be responsible for maintaining relationships with the key stakeholdersrelating to each of the four scheme elements. This will either be directly or through partners asappropriate.18


Cycling on DartmoorDartmoor National Park Authority will lead this scheme element with the main stakeholdersbeing the Forestry Commission and the Dartmoor Commoners Association. Dartmoor NationalPark Authority has a delegation agreement from Devon County Council, for the managementand maintenance of Public Rights of Way within the National Park. This agreement will beextended to deliver the relevant elements of the application. A Memorandum of Understandingis in place between Devon County Council and the Forestry Commission. This was put in placeafter the successful delivery of a partnership project to deliver a cycling hub at Haldon ForestPark. The agreement sets out both organisations joint aspirations to work together across landholdings to promote accessibility and cycling.StakeholderDartmoor NationalPark AuthorityDartmoor CommonersAssociationInfluence & InterestAn independent advisory body to Dartmoor National Park. Itspurpose is to give advice on how to make the countryside ofDartmoor more accessible and enjoyable for open air recreation inways which address environmental, social and economic needs.37% of the parks whole area is common land. The Council is electedto represent the Commoners, make regulations about mattersaffecting the management of the commons and the welfare of stockAccess to East DartmoorDevon County Council will be the key delivery partner for this scheme element. A ManagementGroup of stakeholders has already been established with an agreed shared vision for this area.Stakeholders include Teignbridge District Council, The Stover Canal Trust, Highways Agencyand Environment Agency on the route. The engineering team will work closely with theHighways Agency and Environment Agency to develop optimum route solutions.StakeholderTeignbridge District Council(TDC)Stover Canal TrustHighways Agency (HA)Environment Agency (EA)Influence & InterestLandowner & planning authority. Supportive of project aspart of their Aspirational Network.Tenant leasing the land from TDC. Supportive of Scheme.Scheme involves bridging the A38, part of the Strategic TrunkRoad Network. Detailed design will be carried out inconsultation with HA.Scheme is in vicinity of the Stover Canal. Scheme will needto be developed in close consultation with EA.Access to West DartmoorDevon County Council will be the key delivery partner for this scheme element. Both Devon andDartmoor are committed to the scheme and will manage the other main stakeholders whichinclude Plymouth City Council and West Devon Borough Council. A small project team will existto deliver this scheme element liaising directly with local stakeholders such as the Parishes andCommoners Association on route. Devon County Council has a strong relationship with theNational Trust and a Memorandum of Understanding exists between the two organisations. Thissets out joint aspirations to work together across land holdings promote accessibility andcycling.19


StakeholderPlymouth City Council(PCC)West Devon BoroughCouncil (WDBC)Maristow EstateNational TrustInfluence & InterestA number of schemes to complete the Drake’s Trail are within theboundary of Plymouth City Council. Devon County Council willwork with Plymouth to design these schemes to ensure aconsistent route.Planning authority for a number of these schemes. Supportive ofproject and on Drake’s Trail Management Partnership.Key landowner and supporter of the Devon Coast to Coast route.A number of the schemes are being delivered on National TrustLand. National Trust will be delivering these elements.Accessibility & Interpretation ImprovementsThis is the overarching element of the whole programme and as a result will require closeworking amongst all Partners. Devon County Council will lead, working with Dartmoor NationalPark Authority who will lead on engagement.StakeholderDevon Countryside Access ForumFirst Great WesternCountryside Mobility South West &Living Options DevonDistrict CouncilsInfluence & InterestThe Forum represents a diverse cross section of usersand is keen to ensure that access improvements to theCountryside are multi-use wherever possible.Integration between rail and bicycle is becomingincreasingly important to all Train Operating Companies.First Great Western is keen to work on developing aCycling Hub at Newton Abbot Train Station recognisingthe benefit to commuter and leisure users.Representing individuals and groups with disabilitiesand mobility impairments. They will be consulted andpart of a group aimed at ensuring that all routes areaccessible.District Councils are the Taxi Licensing Authorities. Wewill work closely with them to liaise with Taxi operatorsto develop the Devon Cycle Taxi Scheme.b) Can the scheme be considered as controversial in any way? Yes NoIf yes, please provide a brief summary (in no more than 100 words)The projects proposed are not considered controversial. Complaints that do arise are generallyrelated to the schemes not progressing as quickly as they should.c) Have there been any external campaigns either supporting or opposing the scheme?YesNoIf yes, please provide a brief summary (in no more than 100 words)20


B12. Management Case - AssuranceWe will require Section 151 Officer confirmation (Section D) that adequate assurance systemsare in place.Please refer to Section D.SECTION C – Monitoring, Evaluation and Benefits RealisationC1. Monitoring and EvaluationWe are committed to monitoring and evaluating the impacts of the scheme elements, both tounderstand the success and value for money of the programme as well as to supplementexisting monitoring programmes that are already in place.Evaluation will be carried out in a number of ways to create a detailed picture of the impact ofthe project and individual scheme elements. This programme includes monitoring;• Cycle trips to and on Dartmoor• Visitor numbers to Dartmoor• Impact on Dartmoor economy• Impact on physical activityA framework for monitoring the impacts of the programme will be developed.Monitoring Cycle trips to and on DartmoorThere is an existing network of 24 Automatic Cycle Counters on and around Dartmoor managedby Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council and Dartmoor National Park Authority. Thisdata has been used to develop a baseline to evaluate changes in the numbers of cycle trips onand around the Moor. It is proposed that an additional 8 counters are installed as part of thisapplication to develop a more robust monitoring cordon. This will be completed in partnershipwith the Sustrans Research and Monitoring Unit.In addition we will monitor traffic to the main websites used by visitors accessing Dartmoor forcycling. The number of unique web hits will act as a good proxy for new interest in cycling. Themain websites are;• www.cycledevon.info• www.1sw.org.uk and specifically the adventure cycle map• www.dartmoor.gov.ukVisitors to DartmoorVisitor numbers to Dartmoor are collected using the STEAM model (Scarborough TourismEconomic Activity Monitor). Annual reports are produced for Dartmoor that are consistent withthe approach used in other UK National Parks and enable trends to be monitored over time.Input data includes local traffic monitoring data, attendance at major visitor attractions andtourist information centres and detailed lists of local accommodation providers and occupancypercentages. Results generated for Dartmoor National Park and the Area of Influence (2kmbuffer zone around Dartmoor) are shown in the graph overleaf.21


Impact on Dartmoor economyA baseline of the number of businesses directly and indirectly benefiting from cyclist’s spendhas also been established. The number of businesses will be surveyed annually recording startupsand closures.Business type Number at April 2013Cycle Shop 19Cycle Hire Centre 13Cycle Shop & Hire 12Accommodation providers 193Cycle Friendly accommodationproviders64The revenue generated by tourism is also collected through the Annual Monitoring Reports anduse of the STEAM model. The result from 2003 and 2007 onwards are shown in the graphbelow. This monitoring will continue to take place following completion of the programme.22


Physical ActivityThe Sport England Active People Survey will be used to create a baseline profile for levels ofphysical activity in Devon. More detailed analysis will be undertaken specifically in relation toparticipation in cycling.Public Health Outcome Framework indicator 1.16 establishes the ‘Percentage of people usingoutdoor places for health/exercise reasons’. The 2012 baseline for Devon was 23% of people inDevon took an outdoor visit for health/exercise visits within the last seven days with 10% inPlymouth.SECTION D: DeclarationsD1. Senior Responsible Owner DeclarationAs Senior Responsible Owner for Dartmoor: Granite and Gears I hereby submit this request forapproval to DfT on behalf of Devon County Council and confirm that I have the necessaryauthority to do so.I confirm that Devon County Council will have all the necessary statutory powers in place toensure the planned timescales in the application can be realised.Name:Signed:Dave BlackPosition:Head of Planning, Transport and EnvironmentD2. Section 151 Officer DeclarationAs Section 151 Officer for Devon County Council I declare that the scheme cost estimatesquoted in this bid are accurate to the best of my knowledge and that Devon County Council- has allocated sufficient budget to deliver this scheme on the basis of its proposed fundingcontribution- accepts responsibility for meeting any costs over and above the DfT contributionrequested, including potential cost overruns and the underwriting of any fundingcontributions expected from third parties- accepts responsibility for meeting any ongoing revenue requirements in relation to thescheme- accepts that no further increase in DfT funding will be considered beyond the maximumcontribution requested and that no DfT funding will be provided after 2014/15- confirms that the authority has the necessary governance / assurance arrangements inplace and, for smaller scheme bids, the authority can provide, if required, evidence of astakeholder analysis and communications plan in placeName:Signed:Mary Davis23


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