A new body called, Transport for the South East has launched a consultation on improving transport across the region.
Their consultation event last Saturday at Gatwick included a wide range of consultees from bus network advocates to Friends of the Earth and Vision Zero (for zero deaths on the roads).
Windsor Link’s initial view is that the strategy is long on aspiration and short on specifics. It’s a good start, however: for example, they propose putting an end to ‘predict-and-provide’ and building ever-more roads. Instead they advocate shifting to ‘planning for people’ and ‘planning for places’ giving high quality street environments as well as integrated transport and land use planning exactly what the Windsor Link is an example of. Another example is that they highlight the poor orbital rail connectivity around London and the lack of good connections to strategic international connections such as ports and airports. Some good questions they ask are also what should the South East be for? Should we aim to be a dormitory for London, areas of excellence in our own right to reduce transport demand to London or not grow at all to reduce our carbon?
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