31 December 2018
We are glad that the Movement Strategy gives an opportunity to discuss traffic in Winchester City. It highlights the issues of congestion and pollution. However, there is a worry that congestion is primarily seen as a nuisance for drivers who want to go around the city in the car, rather than the effects on people’s health due to inactive lifestyles, noise, pollution and accidents; and climate change.
The consultation seeks views about directions and overarching options that should guide how measures are implemented in the coming years. We urge all our supporters and members to participate with the consultation until 13th of January. Here is the link to the consultation: https://www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/haveyoursay/consultations/winchestermovementstrategy
Only a significant reduction in motorised vehicle traffic will lead to an improved quality of life. However, it is important to provide appealing alternatives to car traffic and better planning of developments to reduce the need to travel. These alternatives should include:
We worry that new projects in planning have not been designed to reduce traffic. The new sport and leisure centre at Bar End is very likely to increase car traffic as it is further away from the city centre and train station and is not linked well with bus and cycle routes. The Station Approach project includes extra car parking which will only increase car traffic into the centre unnecessarily as there are already good public transport links including trains. New J9 junction at M3 is likely to increase traffic into Winchester.
All new projects like these need to be planned with the view to reduce motorised traffic and encourage active forms of traffic like walking, cycling and public transport.
These resources might make it easier for you to have a positive impact on this consultation. Several campaign groups have spent lots of time to think on how best to influence the Movement strategy to make sure that the outcome will go in the right direction>
Here is a list of links:
Winchester Against Climate Change (WinACC):
A high number of individual responses are likely to make an impact and therefore above suggestions are there only to help with some guidance.
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