12-week consultation on a draft Transport Strategy for Southampton launches

Today, (Wednesday 25th July) Southampton City Council has published “Connected Southampton – Transport Strategy 2040” – its’ draft long term transport strategy for the city for a period of formal public consultation. Over the following 12-weeks we are seeking the views of stakeholders and residents on the draft transport strategy. Connected Southampton – Transport Strategy 2040 will become the umbrella policy document for all transport planning in Southampton and it will guide how transport projects and schemes will be developed and implemented to keep the city moving.

The draft Strategy envisages creating a liveable city where people and goods can move easily, efficiently and safely. Priority will be given over to public transport, active travel, and spaces for people, but there will still be a role for road based transport in supporting the economy of the city in providing connections to our main economic hubs. Technology and innovative practices will be introduced to enable the transport network to operate as efficiently as possible, helping to accommodate new trips generated by growth without increasing traffic.

The draft strategy and the supporting Issues and Options report that looks at trends, evidence and potential measures to implement is available to download at: http://www.southampton.gov.uk/ltp4

I would encourage to you take a look at the draft strategy over the coming weeks and as a partner of the Council I would ask you to carefully consider how well it aligns with and supports the aspirations and ambitions of your organisation.

We would also welcome a response from you on our consultation on the draft strategy using the online questionnaire available from the same webpage – before it closes on Tuesday 16th October 2018. If you have any questions about the strategy or the consultation then Pete Boustred, Iain Steane or myself from the Strategic Transport team at the City Council would be happy to assist.

Following the end of the consultation period, the draft strategy will be updated to take account of feedback received, before being adopted – when it will replace the existing LTP Strategy, which was published in 2011.

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