A blueprint for the county’s fu­ture

Res­i­dents have been in­vited to have their say on coun­cil’s ‘crit­i­cally im­por­tant’ trans­port plan for Bucks

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The scheme has been pub­lished by Bucks County Coun­cil and is in the form of a new draft of the Buck­ing­hamshire Lo­cal Trans­port Plan, which serves as a blueprint for travel cov­er­ing all types of trans­port, look­ing ahead to 2036.

An ex­tended pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion be­gan on Mon­day through the coun­cil’s Have Your Say web page, and runs un­til Jan­uary 29. Launch­ing the con­sul­ta­tion, Mark Shaw, cab­i­net mem­ber for trans­port, said that a good trans­port sys­tem is es­sen­tial to grow Buck­ing­hamshire’s econ­omy, serve its res­i­dents and busi­nesses and make the county an at­trac­tive place to live and work.

He said: “Plan­ning for the fu­ture of trans­port in the county is crit­i­cally im­por­tant, and we don’t get a sec­ond chance at it.

“I want to make sure we really understand the peo­ple of Buck­ing­hamshire. With their feed­back, I be­lieve we’ll be able to make this a prac­ti­cal work­ing plan for change that will ben­e­fit ev­ery­one in the county.”

He said that as well as sup­port­ing good roads, pub­lic trans­port, cy­cle­ways and foot­paths, the draft lo­cal trans­port plan aimed to en­cour­age links to lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions which pro­mote the econ­omy, em­power com­mu­ni­ties to sup­port their own lo­cal trans­port so­lu­tions, and en­able and pro­mote travel choices that im­prove peo­ple’s health.

Mr Shaw said: “The draft plan is very clear about main­tain­ing and en­hanc­ing county’s

our spe­cial en­vi­ron­ment, and help­ing res­i­dents and busi­nesses thrive and de­velop to be­come one of the strong­est and most pro­duc­tive economies in the coun­try.”

The draft plan also aims to sup­port a num­ber of trans­port im­prove­ments such as the East-West Rail line, which Mr Shaw said would stim­u­late an es­ti­mated £72m boost to the lo­cal econ­omy, bring­ing con­nec­tions to the north, west and east of the coun­try within con­ve­nient reach of the whole county.

A link to the sur­vey can be found at www.buckscc. g o v. u k / a b o u t - y o u r - coun­cil/have-your-say.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.