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Road Traffic Act 1991

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54Duty of London authorities to prepare local plans

(1)Each London authority shall, after first receiving a copy of—

(a)the Secretary of State’s traffic management guidance; and

(b)the network plan,

prepare a statement (“the local plan”) of their proposals with respect to the operation of those priority routes which are within their area and with respect to which they are the highway authority.

(2)A local plan shall be in such form as may be specified by the Director.

(3)Where the Director prepares and submits the network plan in parts, subsection (1) above applies separately with respect to each part of the network plan.

(4)A local plan shall be prepared in accordance with the timetable set out in the network plan by virtue of section 53(5)(c) of this Act.

(5)Where the Secretary of State asks a London authority to make provision in their local plan with respect to a trunk road within their area which is a priority route, that authority may make, or (as the case may be) vary, their local plan so that it also has effect in relation to that trunk road.

(6)In preparing their local plan, a London authority shall have regard to—

(a)the Secretary of State’s traffic management guidance; and

(b)the network plan.

(7)A London authority’s local plan shall, in particular—

(a)indicate which of their powers under the [1980 c. 66.] Highways Act 1980 or the [1984 c. 27.] Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 they propose to exercise in relation to the priority routes to which their plan relates and the manner in which they propose to exercise them;

(b)identify any orders made under the Act of 1984 which are, in their opinion, inconsistent with their plan and indicate their proposals for varying or revoking them;

(c)indicate—

(i)which of their powers under the Act of 1980 or the Act of 1984 they propose to exercise in relation to those other roads in their area which are (or would otherwise be) likely to affect, or be affected by, traffic using any of the priority routes to which their plan relates; and

(ii)the manner in which they propose to exercise them;

(d)indicate how the proposals referred to in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) relate, in particular, to the needs of people with a disability;

(e)specify—

(i)the period which they consider will be required to implement their plan, on the assumption that it is approved by the Director; and

(ii)a timetable (“the local plan timetable”) for implementing the different elements of their plan;

(f)specify a programme of maintenance of those traffic management measures which are derived from the exercise, on or in relation to the priority routes to which their plan relates, of powers under the Acts of 1980 and 1984;

(g)specify the amount of the expenditure which, in the opinion of the authority, they will incur as a direct result of implementing their plan; and

(h)deal with any other matter which they consider relevant to the proper and effective implementation of their plan.

(8)In preparing their local plan, a London authority shall consult—

(a)the relevant Commissioner or, if appropriate, both Commissioners;

(b)London Regional Transport;

(c)such organisations representing the interests of people with a disability who may be affected by the plan as appear to the authority to be appropriate; and

(d)any other London authority within whose area there is situated any road which is not a priority route but which is, in the authority’s opinion, likely to be affected by any of the priority routes to which their plan relates.

(9)A London authority shall submit their local plan to the Director for his approval.

(10)The Director shall not approve a local plan unless he is satisfied—

(a)that it is consistent with the Secretary of State’s traffic management guidance and with the network plan;

(b)in the case of any provision which is inconsistent with the network plan or the Secretary of State’s traffic management guidance, that that provision is nevertheless appropriate for inclusion in the local plan;

(c)with the costing of the authority’s proposals; and

(d)with the local plan timetable.

(11)Every London authority shall—

(a)keep their local plan under review; and

(b)consider whether it needs to be varied, particularly in the light of—

(i)any further guidance issued by the Secretary of State under section 51 of this Act; and

(ii)any variation of the network plan made by the Director under section 53(6) of this Act.

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