Local Transport – Time To Choose (2)

June 16th, 2010 by Kevin Leave a reply »

Fortunately, a very nice chap at the county has produced a pdf of the posters exhibited at the Local Transport Plan drop in sessions. These summaries make it very much easier to make an informed choice of which scenario you would prefer to see implemented from those offered.

The summary gives the top three objectives, the three scenarios being considered to meet those objectives, a comparison of where the investment goes for each scenario, and a comparison of the impacts – green for positive, blue for neutral and red for negative.

Here’s the summary for Witney.

Investment in walking and cycling, low emission vehicles and alternative fuels is high in scenario A, Promoting Lower Emissions, but low or non-existent in B and C. The impacts of scenarios B and C are considered to be negative for the natural and human environment, and mostly neutral for the other categories including access by cycle and foot, climate change and air quality. Whereas scenario A is positive for all of these. As a group whose raison d’etre is sustainability, option A is clearly a no-brainer.

Now we could leave it there, and many of you might be quite happy with what’s being proposed, but along with other groups in the county we feel there are a couple of things missing.

The first is travel between settlements, eg Witney and Oxford, Bampton and Witney, or even Witney and Swindon. We feel there needs to be another category that covers inter-settlement travel because it’s not being adequately covered within the current categories.

Secondly, the timescale. This LTP is running for twenty years, 2011 to 2030, and we feel we should be building a sustainable transport system from the bottom up over this period. Concentrating mainly on cycling and walking in the first five years through to a light rail link from Witney to Oxford in the last five years, moving through bus enhancements, park and ride, and behavioural change along the way. We also include the two A40 junction changes at Shores Green and Downs Road in that – we’re not opposing investment in road building where it makes sense.

Now, hopefully we can get that into a response by tomorrow or Friday and I’ll post it here for you to peruse and do with as you wish. Whatever you do though, please do respond to the consultation as an individual. After all, I’d be wasting my time telling you all this if you didn’t 😮

For readers in Carterton and Chipping Norton here’s the summary for Small Towns, for those in the villages here’s the summary for Rural Oxfordshire, and just for completeness, the summary for Oxford.

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1 comment

  1. J-P says:

    You shouldn’t copy and paste this completely as they’ll spot identical responses, but for your inspiration here’s what I just submitted via their forms. It’s 999 characters to go in a box that will fit 1000, so it just about fit.

    Plan A is clearly the most sustainable. Continuous economic growth is simply at odds with the facts of living on a planet with limited resources; the mantra of choice does not help when a local transport plan is intended to be a public, not a private, good.

    However, the plan could pay more attention to the links between large towns, which seem to have largely fallen through the gaps. What about *decent* public transport (would *you* depend on it?) from Witney to Charlbury, or Abingdon to Wantage? This affects the towns as much as transport within.

    Also, given the length of time plan is intended to last, it would be great to see more of a vision – if not necessarily a particularly lofty one – for sustainable and maintainable Oxfordshire transport plan, built *from*the*ground*up.

    West Oxon and especially Witney would benefit from a 20-year plan taking in investment in cycling and walking, light rail, park and rides, and helping people change their behaviour gradually but permanently.

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