Why are you doing this?
We are delivering these changes following direction from central Government to help road users travel actively and follow social distancing guidance as lockdown measures begin to be eased and travel rates increase. Locally, we have seen a 63% rise in average cycle numbers from the week before the lockdown came into effect, resulting in fewer vehicles on our roads and a reduction in local air pollution. Encouraging sustainable travel has always been a key part of our Green City vision and now, with more people cycling across the city, we are committed to supporting these healthier travel habits to continue in the long-term.
Both Southampton City Council and Hampshire County Council have already delivered a series of new cycle ways to help more people cycle with ease in and around the Southampton City Region. The improvements we are now making as part of our Green Transport Recovery Plan will connect to these existing cycle ways and continue the excellent progress we have already made to develop the cycling culture in Southampton. Supporting active travel will also remain crucial to reducing congestion as our roads become busier, especially while bus use remains low. As always, we will closely monitor and review all schemed to understand their impact on the transport network, how well they are being used and to make ongoing assessments about the timeframe of each scheme.
How is this plan being funded?
The funding for the plan is being sourced from a range of existing budgets.
Why has there been no consultation?
We are following guidance issued by the Department for Transport, which has directed Local Authorities to use temporary or experimental traffic regulation orders to put these measures in place. These allow councils to install facilities without consultation and to monitor their impact before making more permanent decisions.
What about disruption?
We are undertaking this work while roads are quieter to minimise disruption.
How do I find out more or ask questions?
For up-to-the-minute travel information, follow our Highways team on Twitter @scchighways. For further information, please contact email@example.com.