Have your say on Winchester Movement Strategy proposals

Residents, commuters and businesses are being asked what they think about 10 proposed transport and travel schemes that have been developed as part of the Winchester Movement Strategy, as well as comment on the emerging Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan

Dec 6 2021

The proposals include a new park and ride site for the north side of the city, improvements to public spaces and for pedestrians, bus priority measures, high quality cycle routes into and across the city centre and reduced city centre parking. 

An online survey opened on Monday 6 December 2021 and people have until just before midnight on Friday 11 February 2022 to complete the questionnaire, which can be found on Hampshire County Council’s pages: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/winchester-movement-strategy  

Those who do not have access to the internet can request a paper copy of the survey by calling 0300 555 1388.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “Feedback on the 10 proposed Movement Strategy schemes for Winchester will help inform the next stage of development of plans and if supported will help make a strong case for funding. The proposals are intended to reduce the levels of traffic in the city centre and make it a healthier place to be.  They are also intended to help Winchester thrive in light of the challenges faced in many High Streets across the country.”

Cllr Martin Tod, Cabinet Member for Economic Recovery at Winchester City Council commented: “Things can’t stay as they are. We’ve seen some great successes like the closure of the Square to through traffic: this consultation is about how we go further. These proposals are designed to help further improve air quality in the city and make it a better, healthier place for people who live, work and visit here. We look forward to hearing people’s views. It’s important that this is a ‘how to make it better’ consultation, not a rubber stamping or a referendum on the proposals.”

The Winchester Movement Strategy (WMS) is the agreed transport strategy for Winchester. It sets out a shared vision for the future of travel in the city and the long-term priorities for travel and transport improvements over the next 20-30 years, including a reduction in city centre traffic.

As well as asking for views on the 10 priority proposals during December 2021 and January 2022, the County Council is also seeking feedback on a LCWIP for the Winchester urban area which has been developed as a part of the Movement Strategy. An LCWIP covering the remainder of Winchester District is going to be developed during 2022. The results from these feedback surveys will be analysed and the findings set out in a report expected to be published during spring 2022.

For more information about the Winchester Movement Strategy visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/strategies/transportstrategies