Financed by £173.5 million of Department for Transport funding and delivered across four years, the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme (LPTIP) has set the bar for improving the local authority transport network.
The programme, which was completed this summer, marks the first time the Department for Transport had devolved funding to a local authority for a large-scale, transformational package of works.
The programme’s success has largely been driven by the unique way this funding was devolved, to create a strategic relationship between the public and private sector partners, who came together collaboratively to deliver the programme.
We at BAM have been at the heart of this transformative programme for over four years.
Building a first-class integrated delivery team
Following decades of population and employment growth in Leeds, the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme (LPTIP) had ambitious aims. It set out to double bus patronage in the city within ten years, improve air quality, reduce congestion on the city’s roads, and improve the experience and accessibility of public transport in Leeds.
With a short funding window of just four years, and a drive to deliver maximum value for the city, Leeds City Council rethought standard procurement and scheme development. Taking steps which anticipated many themes that now appear within the Construction Playbook, they engaged with the construction industry at the earliest stage. We became delivery partners instead of suppliers and forged a first-class, integrated delivery team, to shape the entire programme together.
Two design and build delivery teams were engaged, BAM with our design partner Mott MacDonald, and Sisk with Capita.
These teams worked as part of an eight-strong cohesive team of public and private sector partners who included: Leeds City Council (project management, programme coordination and part funder), the Department for Transport (funder), West Yorkshire Combined Authority (funding partner, budget holder, business case development and project assurance), WSP (development partner) and First Bus (Operator).