Plans to get the county on right track un­til 2036

Lo­cal trans­port blue­print is ap­proved by coun­cil­lors

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The Lo­cal Trans­port Plan –a blue­print for travel cov­er­ing all types of trans­port – looks ahead to 2036 to make sure the county has good roads, pub­lic trans­port, cy­cle­ways and foot­paths.

The plan, in the mak­ing for the past year, has been drafted with the help of res­i­dents and busi­nesses through two pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions. Its over­all aims are to:

En­cour­age links to lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions that pro­mote a flour­ish­ing econ­omy.

Em­power com­mu­ni­ties to sup­port their own lo­cal trans­port so­lu­tions.

En­able and pro­mote travel choices that im­prove peo­ple’s health.

While it is a statu­tory doc­u­ment, trans­port cab­i­net mem­ber Mark Shaw told coun­cil­lors, it was a golden op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a joined-up strat­egy for trans­port across the county in which the econ­omy and pop­u­la­tion are grow­ing.

He said: “Good trans­port sys­tems are es­sen­tial to help the res­i­dents and busi­nesses of our county thrive and grow.

“In the Lo­cal Trans­port Plan we’ve got a liv­ing doc­u­ment that will not only sup­port growth, but will also be a vi­tal tool to help our four lo­cal plan­ning au­thor­i­ties for­mu­late their lo­cal Plans.”

Mr Shaw said that in a grow­ing county with a huge op­por­tu­nity for de­vel­op­ing a good trans­port in­fras­truc­ture, the chal­lenge would be to make the most of de­creas­ing fund­ing.

He added: “I be­lieve it’s es­sen­tial to work in a joined-up and in­no­va­tive way with cen­tral govern­ment, the district coun­cils, com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses, to get the best re­sults with the avail­able re­sources.

“That’s what helps us to do.”

Bucks County Coun­cil leader Martin Tett said: “This Plan is very clear about main­tain­ing and en­hanc­ing our county’s spe­cial en­vi­ron­ment, and help­ing res­i­dents and busi­nesses thrive and de­velop to be­come one of the strong­est and most pro­duc­tive economies in the coun­try.

“It will play a key part in ac­cess­ing fund­ing, mak­ing sure new de­vel­op­ments work for Buck­ing­hamshire, and shap­ing the way we work to im­prove trans­port.’

A copy of the Lo­cal Trans­port Plan is on­line at this plan

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