Protecting and improving our transport

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Key issues that our consultations have highlighted include:

  • current public transport links do not service all of our areas (i.e. Calmore has several services where other areas do not have a single bus route)

  • No public transport link to Southampton General Hospital

  • Lack of connected cycleways

  • Car parking in the town centre is becoming increasingly difficult

  • Poor accessibility for wheelchair users and less physically able (no ramp access for platform 2 at Totton train station, poor quality pathways)

Initial Neighbourhood Plan ideas for transport

  • Highlighting the main transport routes that need designated public transport, cycleway or walkway routes

  • Highlighting areas which need resurfacing for improved accessibility

  • Introducing new parking measures to reduce longterm parking (such as a park and ride facility for train commuters, max 5 hour stay in centre, etc)

  • Creating ramp access for platform 2 at Totton Train station

  • Electric car charging points to be added to town centre car parks

things to keep in mind

Bus services are run by private companies, so we have to work with the bus companies in order to get new routes added. The neighbourhood plan reports can help us provide detailed and evidenced cases for opening new routes, as well as giving us an overall vision to work towards.

In order to get an access ramp in at Platform 2 of the train station a small portion of private land needs to be bought. The evidence we have collected as part of the Neighbourhood Plan’s transport report can help us to provide a strong case to the owner of this land of the benefits to the town that a ramp would bring. Members of the Neighbourhood plan committee and the town council have been working together with South Western Railway to work towards this goal, with great progress in motion already.

Improving public transport options is particularly vital for our town to improve our carbon footprint, and reduce air pollution.