Have your say on the county’s future transport vision
Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet, at its meeting this week, will be asked to give the go ahead for a public consultation on the latest version of the county’s blueprint for transport.
The county council adopted its existing Local Transport Plan (LTP), in June 2016. The council has since decided to review the plan to reflect changes to national, regional, county and local priorities, including the council’s commitment to achieve a carbon neutral county by 2050.
The review will take in to account transport requirements identified in the district council’s Local Plans and the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) and will look further into the future, towards 2041.
The LTP review also seeks to build in Gloucestershire’s sustainable transport approach ‘Thinktravel’, throughout the plan and will introduce a new walking policy which aims to provide safe and well connected pedestrian routes to encourage walking, help people to become more active and support the county’s tourist industry.
The council is committed to playing its part in global carbon reduction following a motion on climate change, which was unanimously supported at the council meeting in May. The council agreed that its major plans, such as the Local Transport Plan, should have clearly identified ways to reduce carbon emissions.
The plan reflects this pledge by setting out a pathway to reduce transport carbon emissions and improve air quality by promoting the uptake of ultra low emission vehicles. Examples of proposals to get this done include providing electric vehicle charging points at key locations, promoting a cleaner public sector vehicle fleet and working with public transport providers to accelerate the change to clean vehicles.
Cabinet will be asked to approve a 10 week public consultation on the revised plan which is set to take place between 16th January and 26th March 2020.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment and planning said: “This review is important as we need the Local Transport Plan to reflect Vision 2050, our new council strategy, and deliver on the council’s commitment to a carbon neutral county by 2050.
“At the meeting I will be asking cabinet to agree that the public consultation can go ahead so everyone can have their say on this important, long term plan as transport impacts everyone’s lives in some way.”
Further information can be found online here.