Local residents invited to help shape the future of transport in Worcestershire

Worcestershire County Council is asking local residents to help shape the future of transport in Worcestershire by having their say on the new draft Local Transport Plan 4 (LTP4).

The public consultation on the Local Transport Plan is now open. To find out more about what is being planned in Worcestershire, visit the Worcestershire County Council website.

LTP4 sets out the County Council’s aspirations for investing in our transport networks, including infrastructure, technology and services which are essential to support planned growth and promote social and economic success as a highly desirable place to live work and visit.   This local transport plan details priorities for investment in transport, infrastructure and services to support all relevant modes of transport including walking, cycling, rail, bus and community transport as well as highways.

Anyone can register their thoughts on the plans via the feedback section on the County Council’s website until March 17, 2017. The online form enables people to make comment on specific parts of the plan and its related policies at any time from now until the end of the consultation.

Potential plans in Worcestershire include improvements investment in highways, walking and cycling infrastructure, passenger transport, traffic management and parking.

The County Council is required by Central Government to produce Local Transport Plans (LTP) to set out objectives for developing transport plans. The draft plan currently being consulted will cover the period from April 2017 until 2030. Although it’s expected the document will be reviewed regularly, as the county is expected to see unprecedented population growth, housing development, economic diversification and technological advances.

Investment in transport infrastructure, information and services must be secured to enable the County to respond to future pressures as the national and local environment changes, so that Worcestershire remains an attractive place for people to live, work, visit and invest in.

Cllr Ken Pollock, cabinet member for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure said: “Good planning and delivery of an efficient, affordable and multi-model transport network is essential if we are going to achieve our aim of becoming a world class county with prosperous and healthy communities.

He added: “We recognise just how important improving the roads and pavements are to people, as transport affects each and every one of us on a daily basis.  To help us get it right it’s vital that people in Worcestershire get in touch to tell us what they think. Every view will count.”

For more information, to read the draft plans and to submit your views visit the Worcestershire County Council website.