New transport strategy for borough
The Basingstoke Transport Strategy, which supports the developments in the Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan to 2029 and considers longer-term improvements needed beyond that time, is recommended for adoption at Council on Thursday 18 July.
The strategy follows the gathering of an extensive evidence base and consultation exercise where residents, businesses and visitors to the town were asked for their views.
Produced in partnership with the highways authority Hampshire County Council and backed by Enterprise M3 local enterprise partnership, the strategy sets out a framework for more detailed actions and studies to take place. It responds to the expected future increases in population and jobs taking into account forecast rises in traffic levels locally and that outside of the borough.
Key themes include:
• A new vision for Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) public transport corridors with priority or dedicated lanes and high-quality low emission vehicles with turn up and go frequencies. A package of improvements to improve access to the town centre and Basing View including reviewing the current one way system around the Top of the Town and Eastrop Roundabout.
• Improved interchange at the station to deliver a high quality facility which will allow buses and trains to work better together and support the growth plans for Basing View and Station Hill approach regeneration.
• Improved walk and cycling accessibility in the central area and corridors and improved crossing facilities.
• Parking improvements to provide more electric vehicle chargers, and to give consideration to the approach to car parking in the town centre as well as incorporating new technology to assist drivers.
The borough council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “Produced in partnership with Hampshire County Council, the Transport Strategy is a key document to support the implementation of the Adopted Local Plan as well as looking beyond. It now gives us a framework for more detailed studies and subsequent action, as well as helping us to deliver some of our most important sites such as the successful regeneration of Basing View, much needed homes and infrastructure at Manydown, a vibrant and accessible town centre and improved facilities at the Leisure Park.”
Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “The transport strategy for Basingstoke comes at a time when we are looking at how we can help make Hampshire sustainable and secure a good quality of life for future generations. We are working closely with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to ensure the local transport infrastructure meets the needs of those who currently live and work in and around the town, as well as looking at how we can best provide sustainable transport options which will ensure accessibility for everyone in the future. The role of public transport in the form of a Mass Rapid Transit network of buses is a key part of the strategy and the development of the associated infrastructure is the way in which we can make a real difference to people’s ability to travel where and when they want to.”
Councillor Humby approved the plans at his Decision Day on Tuesday 16 July.