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Gloucestershire's Local Transport Plan to remove unpopular proposal


Proposals to ban private hire vehicles from using council bus lanes are set to be scrapped as the county's transport blueprint is updated.

Next week, cabinet will be asked to consider the updated Local Transport Plan (LTP), which sets the vision for transport in the county over the next 15 years.

In response to feedback received through a public consultation, a number of proposed changes have been made including:

  • The removal of the proposed ban of private hire vehicles from all bus lanes on county council managed highway.
  • A commitment to reduce transport derived carbon emissions to support the new global pact sign in Paris in December 2015 on climate change (COP21).
  • To prioritise the promotion of sustainable transport modes, especially cycling.
  • A revised set of voluntary performance indicators so we can monitor our progress delivering the policies and priorities outlined in the LTP.

Feedback from the public consultation process helped inform and shape how the new LTP was produced.

The aim is that the updated LTP will see a reliable transport network that enables economic growth by providing individuals with travel choice for their daily journeys.

The LTP has four objectives including supporting sustainable economic growth, enabling community connectivity, conservation of the environment, and improving community health and wellbeing.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "We've listened to what people told us in the consultation and I'm pleased that we've been able to update the strategy to address the issues they raised.

"Improving transport around the county is something we are committed to doing and I would like to thank everyone who took part in the public consultation and helped us shape the plan that's right for Gloucestershire."

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