A transport strategy that will support economic growth opportunities in Basingstoke and build on Enterprise M3 LEP’s £35m investment in the town, has been released for consultation.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, along with Hampshire County Council, have jointly published the draft strategy which is open to comments until Monday, 28 January 2019 by clicking here.
The strategy is supported by the expertise of Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which has invested up to £36m in Basingstoke’s transport infrastructure to support capacity, protect existing jobs and unlock future employment and growth opportunities. This includes highway capacity improvements and support for the Manydown Housing Infrastructure Fund bid which will support the western corridor of the transport strategy.
Measures in the draft transport strategy include:
- improving access to and within the town centre
- creating new developments which are well-planned and integrated with the existing transport network
- providing a step change in the quality of local public transport
- developing high quality priority strategic walking and cycling corridors
- managing journey times and reliability
- maintaining strong strategic transport connections
- forward planning of the transport network to meet future needs
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “We’re working with colleagues at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council on a draft transport strategy to prioritise what needs to be done to improve how people travel through and within Basingstoke both now, and as future ambitious development plans come to fruition, for example at Manydown, in the town centre and Basing View. As the town grows and evolves, it’s important that the right travel and transport infrastructure is put in place so that Basingstoke can continue to prosper and be an attractive and healthy place where people live, work and visit.”
Feedback will be incorporated into the final draft strategy to be approved by both Hampshire County Council and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to inform future planning and infrastructure decisions in Basingstoke.