Survey will gauge transport priorities
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HAMPSHIRE residents are being asked for their views on the range of highways and transport services – from the condition of roads and footpaths to the efficiency of street lights.
Their answers will be compared with the views of other members of the public across England and Scotland – through the National Highways and Transport Public Satisfaction survey.
The survey, by Hampshire County Council, comes after campaigners in Farnborough previously called for Rushmoor Borough Council to be given control over local roads, roundabouts and transport infrastructure, following the controversial Queens Roundabout scheme. The Take Back Our Roads campaign, calling for more localism and accountability over the roads was set up in March in protest to the soaring costs of the project.
Speaking about the survey launch, Councillor Rob Humby, executive member for environment and transport at the county council, said: “Good highways and transport infrastructure is a key priority for us.
“We know how important it is for Hampshire’s economic prosperity. This survey provides us with a sound benchmark as to how we’re doing, and we appreciate the time taken by Hampshire residents to complete it, and let us know what they think.
“Hampshire’s strategic location in the south, with an airport, two ports, and connections to major road and rail connections to London and the rest of the country, places particular importance on transport infrastructure, and it is crucial that these network links are managed well.
“The results of this survey will help inform the way we carry out our duties to maintain and improve transport across the county, and show us which aspects of the service residents particularly value.”
The survey, which is being run for the ninth year, is the largest collaboration between local authorities, offering the opportunity to compare results, share in best practice and identify further opportunities to work together in the future.
The questionnaire will be sent to a minimum random sample of at least 3,300 of Hampshire’s residents, followed by a reminder, with local and national results to be published in mid- October.
The council has said that since the survey is based on a sample, residents who receive a copy are being urged to take part.
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