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START OF STUDY INTO SOLVING SALISBURY'S TRAFFIC PROBLEMS

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Minister for transport, Gavin Strang, today announced the start of ...
Minister for transport, Gavin Strang, today announced the start of

work on a study aimed at ending Salisbury's traffic problems.

Detailed proposals on how to take the study forward over the next 12

months have been issued by the Government Office for the South West,

which leads the steering group looking into alternative solutions to

traffic problems in Salisbury.

Dr Strang said:

'I welcome the publication of these draft terms of reference,

marking the start of this very open and inclusive study, which I hope

will succeed in providing integrated solutions to Salisbury's traffic

problems.

'Those interested in making suggestions about the terms of

reference - or wishing to keep in touch as the study develops -

should contact the Government Office for the South West by the end of

November.

'This government has already said that decisions on new roads

must give due weight to the likely impact on the environment. This

study shows the direction we want to take - reducing dependency on

the car and encouraging use of other forms of transport.

'Not only is this study great news for Salisbury, but it's good

for other areas who could use it as a model on how to solve traffic

problems without building more roads.' The study will proceed in

three phases:

-- First, to identify immediately what practical measures can be put

in place quickly and which can go ahead now whatever options are

revealed by further study;

-- Secondly, over the next six months, to examine the potential for

further measures on the present road network and the scope for

increased use of public transport, walking and cycling;

-- Lastly, over the next year, to look more widely, examining the

potential for using other routes to lighten traffic through Salisbury

and clarify the future role of the A36 for through traffic.

Notes

1. The study was announced on 28 July when the proposed Salisbury

Bypass was cancelled.

2. Wiltshire CC and Salisbury DC have developed their own proposals for an integrated package of demand management for traffic in the city and this work will contribute towards the study.

3. Suggestions and comments can be sent to Bob Deacon, Government

Office for the South West, 5th Floor, The Pithay, Bristol, BS1 2NF.

4. The steering group is led by the Government Office for the South

West and includes Wiltshire CC, Salisbury DC and the Highways Agency. It met on 12 September to agree the draft terms of reference for consultation.

5. A copy of the draft terms of reference follows.

SALISBURY STUDY: DRAFT TERMS OF REFERENCE

Issues

The study will identify potential responses to the following:

-- the negative impacts of traffic movements on the local

environment

-- the conflicting needs of accessibility, through journeys and local

movement

-- the desirability of reducing dependence on the car and encouraging

more sustainable means of travel

Aims

The aims of the work will be:

-- to reduce the impact of traffic on local communities and the

historic fabric of Salisbury: to improve local environmental quality

and to enhance the setting of the city

-- to reduce dependency on the car for trips, to encourage the use of

other means of travel and reduce underlying need to travel

-- to meet the needs of local access to facilities

-- to manage travel to make better use of the existing network and to

avoid unpredictability in journey times

-- to clarify the future role of the A36 as a route for through

traffic and to explore the scope for and desirability of meeting the

needs for longer journeys in other ways

Work Programme

The study will consider:

Locally

-- options for local travel and access in the Salisbury area,

building on the existing work of the Local Highways Authority and

District Council towards the proposed transport package',

identifying the elements of the package which will be common to any

response and considering the scope for complementary measures on the

existing A36 and other parts of the road network, including options

for reducing the impact of traffic, especially heavy traffic, on the

communities in the Wylye Valley;

Wilder Area

-- options for travel in the wider rural area, including the scope

for increased use of public transport, and for other measures,

including complementary land use measures;

Long Distance Travel

-- options for long distance through travel including the future role

of the A36 and the scope for alternative routes for through traffic

avoiding the existing A36 or for increased use of rail freight and

rail travel in the corridor.

Method of working

The study will be lead by a steering group of GOSW, Wiltshire County

Council, Salisbury District Council and the Highways Agency. It will

call on support or involvement of others, such as transport operators

and other agencies, to inform its work or to help to develop specific

measures.

Proposals of the group will be made available for comment, starting

with these draft terms of reference. The approach will be

co-operative and inclusive, with a regular information bulletin and

consultation on emerging proposals.

Where information or expertise is needed which is not available to

the steering group, this will be commissioned from outside

consultants. These needs will be established and proposals

circulated for comment in November.

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