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Dorset's Economic Growth Strategy - Transport infrastructure

Improvements to transport infrastructure will create healthier lifestyles, better access to jobs, combat the climate emergency and improve air quality. This will lead to a fitter and more active workforce, improved environment and reduced congestion on the roads.

What will we do?

  • improve north-south road and rail links 
  • reduce congestion and improve air quality 
  • maintain current bus and rail services provision including access to education
  • improve reliability of journey times through more efficient use of existing transport network
  • facilitate healthier lifestyles through modal shift to active travel, i.e. walking and cycling
  • work with the Western Gateway Sub-Regional Transport Body to write the Regional Transport Strategy
  • review the Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset Local Transport Plan

How will we do it?

  • work with Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council and other partners to implement sustainable transport initiatives using £79m from the Transforming Cities Fund – including improving walking and cycling to Ferndown Ind Estate and other employment sites across south east Dorset.
  • encourage engagement with the Dorset Business Travel Network, including promotion of workplace travel plans to increase sustainable travel
  • promote Car Share Dorset to reduce single occupancy car use
  • work with providers to install more publicly available EV (electric vehicle) charging points
  • encourage more home working/virtual meetings to reduce the need to travel
  • work with rail and bus service providers to maintain and where possible, improve services
  • utilise Government funding for resurfacing and reconstruction work on roads (£9.1m funding in 2020 from Department for Transport)
  • reduce carbon emissions by using low energy asphalt on all resurfacing schemes and new construction projects, such as cycleways
  • review the Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset Local Transport Plan, which will include:
    • access to Gillingham – improve access to housing and employment sites within the Gillingham Southern Extension including providing a new road link between A30 and B3081 west of Shaftesbury
    • safety and capacity improvements on the A35 Dorchester Bypass at Stadium and Monkey’s Jump roundabouts
    • A354 Corridor improvements
    • Dorchester Access to Growth – a package of cycle improvements
    • provide Express Bus services to Verwood, Ferndown, West Moors and Wimborne
    • improve railway stations including provision of travel interchange facilities at Wareham and Wool

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