Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, explained: “Winchester is a fantastic place to live and work; it is steeped in history, attracting a huge amount of tourists every year. It’s, also home to a thriving and vibrant local economy, all set within beautiful Hampshire countryside.
“As the city grows, we need to make sure we have a robust plan in place for people to get in and around Winchester so it can continue to prosper. The strategy, once complete, aims to support the long term growth aspirations of Winchester City Council as it develops its plans for development and regeneration. The way people travel in and around the city clearly has to take account of the City Council’s plans for land use and new development. I’m very pleased to be working so closely with them on this initiative.”
Hampshire County Council is developing the strategy to look at the traffic and transport issues facing the city and surrounding area to identify opportunities for improvements.
Councillor Humby continued: “We’ve made good progress in recent years; building ‘park and ride’ sites on the outskirts of the city to help reduce congestion, introducing a 20mph speed limit so the city is more appealing to pedestrians and cyclists, and repaving the High Street and The Square so they are even more attractive areas for visitors and shoppers.
“We are now developing a comprehensive Movement Strategy. So far, we have been gathering comprehensive data and evidence on traffic movements, undertaken traffic modelling and exploring ideas with our partners and transport operators. The next stage is to gather views on issues such as transport infrastructure, traffic, parking, air quality, accessibility and public transport.”
Hampshire County Council, in consultation with Winchester City Council, is aiming to complete the Strategy in 2018 at which point it will be used to inform budget setting as well supporting funding bids to deliver infrastructure improvements. The ultimate ambition is to create a transport system fit for a historic city and thriving economic hub - able to accommodate a future increase in travel demand, but also to make Winchester a healthier and more accessible place to live, work and visit.