The views of local people will inform a new shared vision for transport infrastructure improvements and set the priorities for further investment for the borough over the coming years.
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “I would encourage anyone who lives, works or commutes to or from Basingstoke to share their views with us on this draft transport strategy. We’re working with colleagues at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to prioritise what needs to be done to improve how people travel through and within Basingstoke both now, and as future ambitious development plans come to fruition, for example at Manydown, in the town centre and Basing View. As the town grows and evolves, it’s important that the right travel and transport infrastructure is put in place so that Basingstoke can continue to prosper and be an attractive and healthy place where people live, work and visit.”
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “This joint strategy between the borough council and county council sets out our combined ambition for the future. We hope that our residents will respond to this consultation. We need to know their views, whether in support or suggesting improvement. Transport plays such an important role in all our lives and this strategy, when finalised, will underpin the decisions made by both councils in the future.”
To have your say on the draft transport strategy for Basingstoke, go to: www.hants.gov.uk/basingstoketransportstrategy to fill in the survey.
Feedback will be incorporated into the final draft strategy to be approved by both Hampshire County Council and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to inform future planning and infrastructure decisions in Basingstoke and Deane.
Over the past decade, several transport changes have been introduced including significant improvements to key junctions. The draft transport strategy looks at a number of measures to further improve transport and travel around Basingstoke and Deane, including ways to reduce traffic congestion, improve public transport, walking and cycling provision, and improve access to the town centre.