Local residents, businesses and visitors are being asked their views on plans to improve travelling in and around Basingstoke
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “We’re working with colleagues at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council on a draft transport strategy 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.”
Over the past decade, several transport changes have been introduced including significant improvements to key junctions. A draft transport strategy has been developed which looks at a number of measures to further improve transport and travel around the urban areas, including ways to reduce traffic congestion, and improve public transport, walking and cycling provision and access to the town centre.
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.”
The views of local people will inform a new shared vision for transport infrastructure improvements and set the priorities for further investment for Basingstoke over the coming years.
The strategy is supported by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which has invested up to £36m in Basingstoke’s transport infrastructure to support capacity, protect existing jobs and unlock future employment and growth opportunities.
Kevin Travers, Enterprise M3’s Head of Transport, said: “We are pleased this consultation is taking place to support the future development of the town. It will help to support Enterprise M3’s emerging Local Industrial Strategy which seeks to transform local economies.”
To have your say on the draft transport strategy for Basingstoke, go to: www.hants.gov.uk/basingstoketransportstrategy. The survey is open from Wednesday 28 November 2018 until Monday 28 January 2019. 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.