Drivers, cyclists, passengers and pedestrians urged to have their say about Brighton and Hove transport problems
People with something to say about the buses in Brighton and Hove or their train commute to work are being asked to share their views.
What about congestion on our roads? And do we need more and cheaper parking spaces and fewer street signs cluttering up journeys?
What can be done to reduce traffic pollution? And how can we get even more people on their bikes?
Transport is a hot topic and now politicians and officials want to hear your view and your ideas.
Brighton and Hove City Council is putting together a new local transport plan (LTP) setting out how it proposes to maintain and improve the city’s transport network.
It will outline the council’s priorities for transport up to 2026 and how it intends to achieve those priorities.
The council is required by law to come up with a plan and it must be completed by next April.
It will include a long-term transport strategy for the next 15 years and a short-term list of specific schemes for the next three years.
Brighton and Hove’s plan will support the five national transport goals, which are:
- supporting economic growth
- tackling climate change
- promoting equality of opportunity
- contributing to better safety, security and health
- improving quality of life
The council said that at a local level the plan would make sure that the city can adequately cope with changes in the future.
These would include the new housing and job opportunities that are outlined in the city’s development plan, known as the Local Development Framework Core Strategy.
Council officials have already gathered evidence from previous studies and consultations.
Work has also already been done with partners, such as action groups, community and voluntary groups, businesses and transport operators.
Now the public consultation will take place, starting on Monday 1 November and ending in mid-December.
People who live and work in Brighton and Hove are being encouraged to say what they think is important for their local area and the city as a whole.
There is a questionnaire on the council’s website at consult.brighton-hove.gov.uk. Paper copies are available by calling 01273 294390.
The council said that all comments received would be carefully considered and treated confidentially.
Councillor Geoffrey Theobald, the council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “Developing a new transport plan for the city is a challenging but exciting prospect.
“We need to ensure that the transport system is right for everybody to carry out their daily lives – getting to work, getting to school or exploring the city and its downland surroundings.”
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