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,
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
'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
'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
-- 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.
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
The study will identify potential responses to the following:
-- the negative impacts of traffic movements on the local
-- the conflicting needs of accessibility, through journeys and local
-- the desirability of reducing dependence on the car and encouraging
more sustainable means of travel
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
The study will consider:
-- 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;
-- 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
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.