West of England Joint Spatial Plan: Towards the Emerging Spatial Strategy

Towards the Emerging Spatial Strategy Document

Likely mitigations and infrastructure required to support the emerging spatial strategy

It is recognised that provision of necessary infrastructure up front or phased to support development is critical to the successful delivery of the spatial strategy. Our transport network has an increasing volume of travel and complex travel patterns. This has contributed to a network that is often at capacity at peak times, with increased journey times and congestion. These impacts have been perceived as a barrier to securing sustainable economic growth. This threatens not only the productivity of our businesses and workforce but our ability to meet wider sustainable objectives such as reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality in our urban areas.

Transport investment can be a major influence on where development is located and how to create high quality places in which people want to live and work. Influencing the location of development will not of itself be sufficient to address the issue.

Integrating housing and employment development with investment in reliable, high quality transport choices will reduce the length and number of journeys to work, encourage more sustainable travel modes such as cycling, walking and public transport and reduce the reliance on car based journeys.

To support the additional development required as a result of the spatial strategy the approach to infrastructure provision seeks to:

  • ¬ómaximise the effectiveness of sustainable travel choices and encourage mode shift (to rail, MetroBus, Park & Ride, bus, cycling, walking) across the plan area;
  • ¬ómaximise the effectiveness of non-car mode choices for both urban living and new development outside existing urban areas; 
  • then, mitigate impacts of additional traffic, including investigation of junction capacity improvements, upgrades, new highway connections and traffic restrictions.