Residents, businesses and visitors are being invited to share their views on what they consider to be the big transport opportunities and issues across the whole of Dorset.
Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council are running a survey from 22 January to 3 March 2024 to gather feedback and experiences.
People are being asked what they think are the key opportunities and issues to help the councils develop a new joint Local Transport Plan to travel easily around the county, whilst protecting its special landscape.
This will help shape the changes needed for a safer, more efficient and sustainable network for years to come.
The survey covers a range of transport related topics, such as:
- Improving transport in rural areas and reducing congestion
- Ensuring all ages and abilities can access services
- Making it easier for people to be more physically active
- Providing more opportunities for affordable, available and accessible public transport
- Helping people feel safer on our roads and on public transport
- Improving digital and real-time travel information
This work plays an essential role in helping the councils understand the different transport needs of the diverse communities who live and work in Dorset
It will also ensure the councils can secure more national government funding for the improvements people want to see.
The survey will be open for six weeks, with paper copies also available at Dorset Council and BCP Council libraries.
The analysis of all the feedback received will take place during the spring, and reporting will follow in the summer.
Councillor Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment for Dorset Council, said: “This is a joint plan that will be formed by the different needs of all residents and businesses in Dorset.
“We want to hear your views and valuable feedback to help our future transport system meet the expectations of everyone, and the challenges facing the area. This is where your journey begins to help us shape a better transport network across Dorset, so please do complete the survey.”
Councillor Andy Hadley, Portfolio Holder for Climate Response, Environment and Energy said: “This joint plan will set out how transport is delivered to meet some of the demanding challenges facing the area, covering all types, as well as road safety and maintenance.
“The new plan is needed to ensure we can travel safely and easily, whilst reducing carbon emissions and protecting the landscape that makes BCP and Dorset so special. All this must be done while maintaining economic growth and improving transport choices, accessibility, and experiences for all.”
The survey, along with all the information you need on the Local Transport Plan can be found online at www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/local-transport-plan