South West businesses are being urged to comment on a “vision” for transport in the region which aims to boost business, create jobs and deliver a net-zero carbon transport system.
Peninsula Transport, formed by five South West local authorities, revealed the 18-page Vision document in July 2021 as part of its work in developing a full regional transport strategy.
The vision is being seen as an important milestone in the development of a full, longer-term regional transport strategy, which will provide a more efficient, resilient and cleaner transport system across the peninsula.
Comments are being sought on the document before a full transport strategy for the South West is published in 2022. The consultation period for Peninsula Transport’s vision will close on September 17, 2021, and businesses are being invited to send their comments before it is too late.
Cllr Andrea Davis, chairman of Peninsula Transport, said: “The key challenge is to strengthen the strategic links in and out of the peninsula, so that they keep pace with the rest of the UK.
“Transport is a vital part of everyday life and therefore our longer-term plan needs to be bold and ambitious, delivering a transport system that works for people, businesses and the environment.
“We will make a far better longer-term plan for transport with the support of our transport users so I urge everyone within the South West to take this opportunity to have their say on the vision.
“This feedback will help to ensure the foundations of the strategy, which Peninsula Transport will be developing over the coming months, are built on shared goals and that we are speaking with one voice on our strategic transport links.”
The document includes sections on “our vision” and “our goals” and says: “A long term transport plan can support our social, economic and environmental recovery from the current conditions.”
It adds: “The situation also gives us an opportunity to ‘build back better’ . We can harness the benefits of some of the lifestyle changes we have adopted since March 2020 and reduce carbon emissions from our transport system.”
Goals include improving connections between “people, businesses and places”, enhancing the resilience of the transport network and delivering “affordable, zero-emissions transport for everyone”.
Business Live’s South West Business Reporter is William Telford. William has more than a decade’s experience reporting on the business scene in Plymouth and the South West. He is based in Plymouth but covers the entire region.
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The vision report can be downloaded from the website www.peninsulatransport.org.uk. Feedback can be submitted through the online survey, which can be found at https://plymouth-consult.objective.co.uk/public/transport/peninsula_transport_1
Peninsula Transport is the shadow sub-national transport body formed by the five lead transport authorities in the South West peninsula – Cornwall Council, Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council, Somerset County Council and Torbay Council.
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