£3m boost for sustainable transport initiatives

£3m boost for sustainable transport initiatives

£3m boost for sustainable transport initiatives

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CYCLING and public transport in Hampshire and Southampton is to get a £3m boost.

The Government cash has been handed to initiatives that encourage sustainable travel in a bid to reduce the amount of traffic on the roads and improve services for bus and bike users.

Hampshire County Council and six partner authorities have secured more than £2m from the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport fund, while Southampton City Council has been awarded nearly £1m to tackle congestion and make it safer, easier and cheaper to cycle or use public transport.

The grants come only days after cycling fever gripped the nation as the UK hosted the opening three stages of the Tour de France.

The county council is spending the money in the New Forest and South Downs national parks.

It says it will bring in integrated ticketing and WiFi on rural bus services, and ensure the commercial sustainability of travel attractions like the New Forest’s Beach Bus.

Southampton residents will be encouraged to walk and cycle for more of their regular journeys though the council’s My Journey initiative, which will now run until March 2016.

The council says it will bring environmental, health and economic benefits to communities across the city.

Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Southampton City Council's Cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “It is fantastic to know that the work of everyone involved in delivering the My Journey initiative to Southampton has been acknowledged by ministers.

"We can continue to bring healthier, cheaper and more sustainable transport options to our residents, making Southampton a great place to work and live.”

The project aims to help people make better choices when it comes to travel, encouraging the use of sustainable forms of transport.

The money will be used to implement a number of schemes to reduce traffic and increase physical activity.

This includes the development of a traffic control system, which will feed information to freight drivers to allow them to choose the optimal route for their journey.

Areas in the city suffering from deprivation, unemployment and a lack of physical activity will be the target of a community-based project to increase walking and cycling.

Meanwhile, the appearance of bus stops will be standardised and more legible maps and up-to-date timetables will be created.

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11:35am Wed 16 Jul 14

tootle says...

"Areas in the city suffering from deprivation, unemployment and a lack of physical activity will be the target of a community-based project to increase walking and cycling." Instead of buses why not walk - that one appears to have already been implemented, with recent changes in buses. Recent changes in buses have hit peoples pockets as they now often need 2 rather than one. You will not ease traffic congestion until cyclists learn to ride safely and are provided with a safe alternative tto busy main roads - ie ban the bike. In the City centre provide decent bike only routes - why not, there is a rabbit warren of roads which could be set up as car(or bike) free. Put on buses that actually go where people in those cars want to go, cut the prices so buses are cheaper than paking, especially when it is more than one adult, all children in education to travel free. Had a free bus ticket when I went to the Nuffield recently - no buses from there to me or daughters so we took the car! If Southampyon wants to cut the car use it needs to provide alternatives that do not include a boycaott of the City Centre by car drivers.
"Areas in the city suffering from deprivation, unemployment and a lack of physical activity will be the target of a community-based project to increase walking and cycling." Instead of buses why not walk - that one appears to have already been implemented, with recent changes in buses. Recent changes in buses have hit peoples pockets as they now often need 2 rather than one. You will not ease traffic congestion until cyclists learn to ride safely and are provided with a safe alternative tto busy main roads - ie ban the bike. In the City centre provide decent bike only routes - why not, there is a rabbit warren of roads which could be set up as car(or bike) free. Put on buses that actually go where people in those cars want to go, cut the prices so buses are cheaper than paking, especially when it is more than one adult, all children in education to travel free. Had a free bus ticket when I went to the Nuffield recently - no buses from there to me or daughters so we took the car! If Southampyon wants to cut the car use it needs to provide alternatives that do not include a boycaott of the City Centre by car drivers. tootle
  • Score: -7

11:52am Wed 16 Jul 14

vag says...

Good news. Now they need to put a few more cycle paths in, away from the main roads. A completely off road link from the center of Southampton, which links to NCR23 at Winchester, would be top of my wish list.
Good news. Now they need to put a few more cycle paths in, away from the main roads. A completely off road link from the center of Southampton, which links to NCR23 at Winchester, would be top of my wish list. vag
  • Score: -1

1:04pm Wed 16 Jul 14

For pity sake says...

Prediction:
They will take some of the existing road width to build a cycle track which the lycra-clad morons will studiously avoid and continue to use the now-narrowed roads. Can't wait.
Prediction: They will take some of the existing road width to build a cycle track which the lycra-clad morons will studiously avoid and continue to use the now-narrowed roads. Can't wait. For pity sake
  • Score: -1

1:24pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Quentin Heslop says...

Is it the wifi or the integrated ticketing that will make buses more 'sustainable' in rural areas?
Is it the wifi or the integrated ticketing that will make buses more 'sustainable' in rural areas? Quentin Heslop
  • Score: 8

2:05pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Solent Soul says...

What are people going to do when commuting into Southampton via car is not a viable option anymore? You had better get ur thinking caps on or allow enough time & money to take the public transport option, or buy a bike, lose some weight & help contribute reducing the city's unacceptable poor air quality..
What are people going to do when commuting into Southampton via car is not a viable option anymore? You had better get ur thinking caps on or allow enough time & money to take the public transport option, or buy a bike, lose some weight & help contribute reducing the city's unacceptable poor air quality.. Solent Soul
  • Score: 7

2:20pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Mr E says...

I would be interested to know how the air quality now compares to that of the 60's

Today we have Cleaner fuels and a lot stricter Emissions control pretty much everywhere.
I would be interested to know how the air quality now compares to that of the 60's Today we have Cleaner fuels and a lot stricter Emissions control pretty much everywhere. Mr E
  • Score: 2

3:38pm Wed 16 Jul 14

good-gosh says...

Walking's greenest – if you can cope with cyclists.
Walking's greenest – if you can cope with cyclists. good-gosh
  • Score: 1

4:12pm Wed 16 Jul 14

teamgreen says...

good-gosh wrote:
Walking's greenest – if you can cope with cyclists.
or walkers in the cycle path with earphones on
[quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: Walking's greenest – if you can cope with cyclists.[/p][/quote]or walkers in the cycle path with earphones on teamgreen
  • Score: 2

4:22pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

For pity sake wrote:
Prediction:
They will take some of the existing road width to build a cycle track which the lycra-clad morons will studiously avoid and continue to use the now-narrowed roads. Can't wait.
If it's not fit for purpose then it won't be used.
[quote][p][bold]For pity sake[/bold] wrote: Prediction: They will take some of the existing road width to build a cycle track which the lycra-clad morons will studiously avoid and continue to use the now-narrowed roads. Can't wait.[/p][/quote]If it's not fit for purpose then it won't be used. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: 1

5:40pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Frogham Ferret says...

Quentin Heslop wrote:
Is it the wifi or the integrated ticketing that will make buses more 'sustainable' in rural areas?
It's the money HCC will give to the creative accountants in the bus company
[quote][p][bold]Quentin Heslop[/bold] wrote: Is it the wifi or the integrated ticketing that will make buses more 'sustainable' in rural areas?[/p][/quote]It's the money HCC will give to the creative accountants in the bus company Frogham Ferret
  • Score: 2

5:42pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Frogham Ferret says...

"This includes the development of a traffic control system, which will feed information to freight drivers to allow them to choose the optimal route for their journey. "
How will that improve sustainable travel???
"This includes the development of a traffic control system, which will feed information to freight drivers to allow them to choose the optimal route for their journey. " How will that improve sustainable travel??? Frogham Ferret
  • Score: 4

6:29pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

Frogham Ferret wrote:
"This includes the development of a traffic control system, which will feed information to freight drivers to allow them to choose the optimal route for their journey. "
How will that improve sustainable travel???
It won't, it will just save companies money on fuel.
[quote][p][bold]Frogham Ferret[/bold] wrote: "This includes the development of a traffic control system, which will feed information to freight drivers to allow them to choose the optimal route for their journey. " How will that improve sustainable travel???[/p][/quote]It won't, it will just save companies money on fuel. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: 2

8:55pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Maine Lobster says...

All very fluffy and nice sounding when we are in the middle of summer and the weathers half decent. However, during the nine months of the year when it is cold or piddling down with rain, cycling becomes a much less attractive or practical option.
All very fluffy and nice sounding when we are in the middle of summer and the weathers half decent. However, during the nine months of the year when it is cold or piddling down with rain, cycling becomes a much less attractive or practical option. Maine Lobster
  • Score: -1

9:14pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

Maine Lobster wrote:
All very fluffy and nice sounding when we are in the middle of summer and the weathers half decent. However, during the nine months of the year when it is cold or piddling down with rain, cycling becomes a much less attractive or practical option.
Don't see why, you have a 96% chance of staying dry when cycling and the cold shouldn't be a problem either, just wrap up warmer.
[quote][p][bold]Maine Lobster[/bold] wrote: All very fluffy and nice sounding when we are in the middle of summer and the weathers half decent. However, during the nine months of the year when it is cold or piddling down with rain, cycling becomes a much less attractive or practical option.[/p][/quote]Don't see why, you have a 96% chance of staying dry when cycling and the cold shouldn't be a problem either, just wrap up warmer. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: 3

11:37pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Solent Soul says...

Mr E wrote:
I would be interested to know how the air quality now compares to that of the 60's

Today we have Cleaner fuels and a lot stricter Emissions control pretty much everywhere.
Not on 60's air quality but this article says how poor it currenly is & future predictions - http://m.dailyecho.c
o.uk/news/11340963.C
ity_s_air_pollution_
_deadly__until_2030/
[quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: I would be interested to know how the air quality now compares to that of the 60's Today we have Cleaner fuels and a lot stricter Emissions control pretty much everywhere.[/p][/quote]Not on 60's air quality but this article says how poor it currenly is & future predictions - http://m.dailyecho.c o.uk/news/11340963.C ity_s_air_pollution_ _deadly__until_2030/ Solent Soul
  • Score: 3

1:35am Thu 17 Jul 14

forest hump says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
For pity sake wrote:
Prediction:
They will take some of the existing road width to build a cycle track which the lycra-clad morons will studiously avoid and continue to use the now-narrowed roads. Can't wait.
If it's not fit for purpose then it won't be used.
The macho contingent will always use roads and not soppy paths
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]For pity sake[/bold] wrote: Prediction: They will take some of the existing road width to build a cycle track which the lycra-clad morons will studiously avoid and continue to use the now-narrowed roads. Can't wait.[/p][/quote]If it's not fit for purpose then it won't be used.[/p][/quote]The macho contingent will always use roads and not soppy paths forest hump
  • Score: 0

9:08am Thu 17 Jul 14

tootle says...

Solent Soul wrote:
What are people going to do when commuting into Southampton via car is not a viable option anymore? You had better get ur thinking caps on or allow enough time & money to take the public transport option, or buy a bike, lose some weight & help contribute reducing the city's unacceptable poor air quality..
Simples - they will either move nearer to work or try to find work nearer home and if that proves impossible then they will exist on benefits. For years I commuted by bus and/or train and even walked to work because I didn't drive. This severely limited my options as to where I could work but at least I was mobile as to the living. It isn't the car drivers' fault that successive Governments and councils all over the country built housing in estates just dropped where they felt like and industrial units ditto and then mostly omitted to put transport links in. Repopulating the City Centres is a start.
[quote][p][bold]Solent Soul[/bold] wrote: What are people going to do when commuting into Southampton via car is not a viable option anymore? You had better get ur thinking caps on or allow enough time & money to take the public transport option, or buy a bike, lose some weight & help contribute reducing the city's unacceptable poor air quality..[/p][/quote]Simples - they will either move nearer to work or try to find work nearer home and if that proves impossible then they will exist on benefits. For years I commuted by bus and/or train and even walked to work because I didn't drive. This severely limited my options as to where I could work but at least I was mobile as to the living. It isn't the car drivers' fault that successive Governments and councils all over the country built housing in estates just dropped where they felt like and industrial units ditto and then mostly omitted to put transport links in. Repopulating the City Centres is a start. tootle
  • Score: 1

9:33am Thu 17 Jul 14

tootle says...

As a matter of interest - when you have a cycle lane alongside traffic that is 1 bike wide are cyclists expected to cycle in the direction of traffic flow? I had always assumed so. So was the cyclist riding down the Itchen bridge on the wrong side(in the cycle lane) riding illegally or just stupidly? This was at that stupid new junction.
As a matter of interest - when you have a cycle lane alongside traffic that is 1 bike wide are cyclists expected to cycle in the direction of traffic flow? I had always assumed so. So was the cyclist riding down the Itchen bridge on the wrong side(in the cycle lane) riding illegally or just stupidly? This was at that stupid new junction. tootle
  • Score: 0

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