The Winchester Movement Strategy is a joint initiative from Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council.
The aim is to understand how to address travel and transport constraints, to support Winchester’s growth, and allow the city to become a healthier and more accessible place.
A public consultation asked people who live in, work in, or visit Winchester to give their views on travelling in and around the city. In particular, issues and possible solutions affecting ease of movement in and around the city.
So far, over 2,000 people who live, work and visit in the city, have told us what they think about traffic and travel through a range of meetings, surveys and workshops as part of the first phase of public consultation. This consultation alongside gathering and assessing a variety of traffic and travel data is part of the overall evidence base that is being used to develop the Movement Strategy for Winchester.
The evidence base results are now available through three reports:
A workshop with stakeholders made up of local interest groups representing walking, cycling, business and environment along with bus and rail operators was held to agree likely initial options based on the evidence gathering and public consultation.
The next stage is to test outline options that align with priority issues arising from the evidence gathering and consultation, and also from the likely future development requirements for Winchester. Following this, a draft Strategy will be the subject of a second public consultation later this year.
Over the past decade there have been many changes to transport in Winchester. These include park and ride schemes and new 20mph speed limits in the city centre. With new housing developments underway, and other potential developments being planned, the time is right to review progress and set a new overall direction for movement in Winchester.
The Movement Strategy will set out an agreed vision and long term goals for traffic and transport improvements in Winchester over the next 20 to 30 years. It will provide a framework from which we can develop detailed proposals and specific target measures.
To develop the strategy, we need to understand our shared aspirations for the city, so that we can set priorities for the future. We also need to consider what practical measures could help us to achieve these priorities. Initial scoping work has identified these aims:
- supporting growth and economic vibrancy
- improving air quality
- achieving the right balance between different types of traffic
We invite you to suggest more or different priorities, and we can take these on board as we move forward.
At this early stage in the process no firm decisions have been made. Please consider our suggested priorities, and also make suggestions of your own. We want to make sure that everyone who moves in and around Winchester has the chance to put their ideas forward.
Some initial suggestions
Early scoping work has led us to believe that the Movement Strategy should focus on:
Achieving the right balance between different types of traffic
Winchester is an historic and compact city. Balancing the needs of different types of traffic including pedestrians and cyclists is a challenge.
The Movement Strategy is an opportunity to review current arrangements such as the one way traffic system. We can also consider newer options such as giving priority to public transport on the roads, and improving public spaces to give people priority over traffic.
Supporting growth and economic vibrancy
We need to ensure that the transport infrastructure is capable of supporting housing and business growth. The Movement Strategy could help manage capacity by setting out a framework for improvements to internal road links and routes in and out of the city. There is also scope to enhance the current park and ride schemes.
Improving air quality
We believe the new Movement Strategy should support air quality improvements, potentially considering enforcement options, such as Clean Air Zones and HGV restrictions, and incentives to encourage uptake of clean fuel technologies.