Sur­vey will gauge trans­port pri­or­i­ties

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Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - NEWS - By Joshua Smith

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.

Steve Porter SA152001

Pot­holes have proved a ma­jor bane for mo­torists.

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