15th Sep, 2019

Have your say on County Council's proposed Passenger Transport Strategy

Harry Leach 11th Sep, 2019

THERE’S still time to have your say on the proposed Passenger Transport Strategy put forward by Worcestershire County Council which is set to close on September 13.

The strategy looks at the many ways residents travel throughout the county.

Passenger opinion is regarded as vital to make sure the county’s transport services meet the future needs of the local community.

The county council is hoping to identify current and potential travel patterns and needs to deliver the most effective, integrated transport service possible, particularly as it has less money available due to cuts in its budget.

Key to this is home to work and home to school journeys and the county recognises that a healthy commercial network is critical in delivering this.

In its strategy county chiefs say: “It is important for Worcestershire residents that commercial bus networks are attractive, efficient and stable.

“Well-run networks can meet the needs of local people by providing a transport network which reduces congestion, vehicular emissions and provides access to a wide range of employment and wider life-enhancing opportunities.”

The consultation will specifically look at the contribution these services make to the local economy, and their value in terms of community, health and wellbeing.

Councillor Alan Amos, cabinet member with responsibility for highways said: “I want to put the whole network onto a much more secure longer-term footing by finding out what services people actually want, what they’re prepared to pay for, and where the County Council can assist both financially and logistically with it all.

“It is a big task but we need to be ambitious and innovative to ensure we have long-term provision for a County-wide network.”

There are lots of ways to take part.

The questionnaire is available online at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/passengertransportstrategy or collect, complete and deliver your comments via printed forms from your local library.

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