West of England Joint Transport Study: Transport Vision

How does the Transport Vision work?

The package is composed of a combination of investment in `smarter choices’ to promote walking, cycling and new technology to move around, alongside corridors of integrated, `multi-modal’ investment, to tackle congestion and promote a shift in trip making from the private car onto more sustainable transport modes. In particular, on some key transport corridors we are proposing to link highway and public transport investment together.

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Canberra transport photo

The suggested corridor packages would be delivered partly through a transfer of highway space on radial routes to public transport and cycling, and by partly providing better orbital connections so that traffic which does not have a local destination can be diverted onto more appropriate routes. This is intended to make the transport network more sustainable, by prioritising its use for more efficient travel modes. The picture above shows how sustainable transport modes can provide a more efficient use of restricted road space compared to private cars.

Restrictions on general traffic movement can be very challenging to deliver. The approach is not new existing examples include The Centre in Bristol, Highwood Road in Patchway and Pulteney Bridge in Bath. In each case, through traffic is diverted elsewhere and space reallocated for public transport, cycling and walking. But it will be very challenging to deliver the next level of public transport and cycling investment without further radical schemes such as these.

What are our proposals for Cycling and Walking?
In line with our ‘smarter choices’ programme, we intend to progress the delivery of more strategic  cycling and walking corridors with better infrastructure to support the use of these modes. In   particular, the rollout of strategic cycling corridors is closely linked to better management of through traffic on radial roads. The diversion of through traffic movements frees up highway space for sustainable transport modes, as well as providing better conditions for cycling and walking due to the lower levels of car and lorry movements on the highway.

What are our proposals for ‘Smarter Choices’ and new technology?
There are a range of other important interventions and ways to influence people’s travel behaviour   which will continue to be delivered. These include continued funding for information to help promote `smarter choices’ to encourage public transport, walking, cycling and car-sharing, as well as ongoing investment in smaller schemes such as walking and cycling networks and traffic management measures.

We are also taking account of a wide range of potential impacts of new technology on travel choices and behaviour. Future developments include electric vehicles, driverless cars, alternative fuels, on-demand public transport and wider use of the internet to facilitate `home working’ and shopping. Personal mobility could be increasingly less dependent on car ownership which may change the way transport is delivered. Some of these developments are likely to reduce the amount of trips or their impact on the network. However, whilst some technology will reduce the demand to travel, there are also factors which may increase demand to travel in other areas which also needs to be borne in mind.