During January 2012 the Department for Transport (DfT) published a consultation paper, entitled Devolving Local Major Transport Schemes. This detailed how major scheme funding for local infrastructure projects could be devolved to a local level for the spending review period 2015/16 to 2018/19.
The consultation proposed a number of options but the intention was to see Local Transport Bodies (LTBs) established in order to decide which transport investments should be prioritised locally and to ensure that an effective delivery programme is achieved. In response to this, the Worcestershire Local Transport Body (WLTB) was established to prioritise and oversee the delivery of local major transport infrastructure.
It was required that WLTB publish and submit a prioritised list of schemes by July 2013. Although the individual schemes do not require DfT approval, the list will provide them with important information on the overall deliverability of the programme.