Fife Council is developing a new Local Transport Strategy that will set out the vision and action plan for transport in the region for the next 10 years, and has started consultation in the region to shape the approach.
The new strategy will further develop local networks and services to create a modern transport system that supports the needs of everyone who travels in Fife.
Cllr Altany Craik, Convener – Economy, Tourism. Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, Fife Council, said: “Transport gives us access to work, education and essential services. It shapes the places we live, impacts our health and wellbeing, but it is also one of Fife’s biggest sources of carbon emissions.”
Speaking to residents about the consultation he added: “What are your challenges in moving around Fife? How would you like to get out and about in the future? We want to hear what matters to you. Your views, ideas and experiences will help us shape a fairer, greener and more accessible region. Climate change, COVID-19 and new technologies, like electric vehicles, are changing how people and goods move about. The new Strategy will also consider how we tackle these challenges.”
Transport in Fife causes 2% of Scotland’s entire carbon emissions, but half of all journeys in Fife are short enough to be walked, cycled or wheeled in 15 minutes.
The council is seeking views on what the main problems and opportunities facing the transport network in Fife are and what could be done to improve how people travel around.
The current Local Transport Strategy for Fife 2006-2026 has provided the vision for an integrated transport system and supported key infrastructure developments including Halbeath Park and Ride, the Kirkcaldy to Thornton active travel route and the upcoming Leven Rail Link.
Based on feedback from local people, commuters, visitors, businesses and partner organisations the council’s next step is to develop a draft strategy in late 2022. After consulting on this, the strategy and action plan will then be delivered 2023-2033.