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 😮