Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, explained: “We have ambitions to ensure Winchester continues to thrive while protecting the character of the city, including addressing air quality challenges while maintaining transport access.
“Getting in and around the city is vital if Winchester is to maintain its role as a major centre for services, shopping and employment. It’s important we keep our competitive edge so the city to continue to thrive while maintaining its quality of environment. Winchester is a great place to live, work and visit, and, as the city grows, it’s important we plan for the future.”
The County Council recognises the City Council’s ambitions to develop key sites both within and around the city centre. Transport issues are a key component of this and the city and county councils are working together to produce a transport strategy for Winchester that is fit of purpose now and in the future. Work has begun on a survey of local residents, engagement with transport operators, communities, businesses and other key stakeholders which will continue over the summer. The views of all these different groups will be important in shaping the vision as we work towards the key principles of maintaining access and supporting a prospering city centre.
Councillor Humby continued: “We are also working hard with Highways England to bring forward improvements to the M3 /A34 interchange, welcome plans for investment in the bus station, and recognise the importance of the railway station.
“I’m proud of what we’ve achieved so far for Winchester – from the multi million pound park and ride sites to investment in local measures such as the 20mph zone, cycle access to the city and public realm improvements such as re-paving Winchester High Street.”
Councillor Jan Warwick, Portfolio holder for Environment at Winchester City Council, said: "I am delighted that the movement and transport study is now underway. Traffic can be a major issue at times for a busy, compact city with a medieval street layout. We are set to learn vital information about walking and public transport in addition to cars. I hope the outcomes of this collaborative study with Hampshire County Council will help us deliver our vision for Winchester by informing our major regeneration projects - issues such as air quality, parking and a thriving City economy are key to building a positive future for Winchester.”