BCP Council and Dorset Council are seeking initial views from the public on Transforming Travel’s proposals for five of its sustainable travel routes in south east Dorset ahead of formal consultation next year.
The plans are funded through the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) and form a major part of the region’s Transforming Travel programme.
The region is set to benefit from £100+ million sustainable transport improvements including 78 kms of new cycling and walking routes, smart technology to provide improved bus travel options and green travel hubs – all aimed at offering environmentally friendly, safer and quicker journeys to work, education and leisure in south east Dorset.
Initial feedback on five of the proposed sustainable travel routes can be made via an online engagement platform until mid-December:
- Bournemouth railway station to/from Jumpers Common, Christchurch
- Bournemouth town centre to/from Ferndown
- Poole town centre to/from Merley, Poole
- Poole town centre to/from Ferndown and Wimborne
- Merley, Poole to/from Christchurch
The public will be able to:
- find out more about high-level proposals for a range of cycle, walking and bus improvements along each of the sustainable travel routes
- participate in an online survey about current travel habits and views on sustainable travel
- submit general feedback about the proposals as well as specific ideas and comments about individual routes using the interactive maps
Online feedback will be supported by a series of workshops with Transforming Travel TCF’s partners, local interest groups and businesses.
Proposals for the remaining sustainable travel route (Poole town centre to/from Wareham Road, Holton Heath) is expected to follow later this month.
The plans, available to view until mid-December, can be accessed via mobile phone, tablet, or PC by visiting https://haveyoursaybcpcouncil.uk.engagementhq.com/transforming-travel.
Feedback will be used to inform the design plans, with formal consultation due to start on Transforming Travel’s sustainable travel routes early next year.
Councillor Mike Greene, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Sustainability at BCP Council said:
“These sustainable infrastructure plans will make walking, cycling and travelling by bus much more attractive and give people viable alternatives to using the car, particularly for short journeys. Online engagement enables people to see and have their say on Transforming Travel’s plans despite the current national lockdown. I urge people to visit the website and help shape plans for transforming travel in south east Dorset.”
Councillor Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment at Dorset Council said:
“I am pleased that people have the opportunity to help shape initial plans for major, multi-million-pound sustainable infrastructure changes in south east Dorset, all aimed at creating a greener, healthier and better-connected region.”