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Transport Topic Group

After our initial meetings, the Transport Topic Group agreed common interests and priorities centred around campaigning for modal shift towards more cycling and active travel, effective and integrated public transport, and against the addition of new roads as a default approach.  There is a developing page of 'Interesting Stuff' on each of these themes, as well as general transport related content, all linked below. 

For the group's latest news, shared information, previous meeting notes and next meeting sign-up, please see further down...  and please do join us if you are interested!

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Transport - Cycling 

  • Government guidance, policies, announcements etc.

  • Wiltshire Council documents and links

  • Swindon materials

  • Sustrans, Cycling UK and other organisations

  • Other

Click Here to go to the Cycling  page

Interesting and useful stuff we collect on cycling will be arranged under these headings:

Completed and planned schemes on the A35

Transport - Roads

Interesting and useful stuff on campaigns about road schemes will be under these headings:

  • Government guidance, policies, announcements etc.

  • Wiltshire, Swindon and SWLEP documents and links

  • A303 at Stonehenge

  • Other campaigns and organisations

 

Click Here to go to the Roads page

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Transport - Public Transport 

Interesting and useful stuff we collect on public transport will be arranged under these headings:

  • General

  • Buses

  • Rail
     

Click Here to go to the Public Transport page

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Transport - Other & General

We'll put all anything affecting transport emissions across the sector, or other specific areas here...

Please note that the Energy Topic Group will be looking at electric cars and there is some info here.  

Click Here to go to the General/Other  page

Group News

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The Transport Topic Group felt that Wiltshire's emerging local plan content, (both for local areas, and overall 'Local Transport Review' linked here), reflect a Council not planning in line with the CEE, and to support its net zero emissions by 2030 aim, which will require modal shift away from private car use. 

We're grateful to Margaret W and Andrew N for putting together this response which formed part of the unified consultation response submitted by WCA.

Group Resources

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Transport Topic Group Contacts Database

Our Transport Topic Group database is a work in progress: suggestions and corrections welcome: please email transport@wiltshireclimatealliance.org.uk .

It so far contains transport-related leads, decision-makers and officers at SWLEP, The Western Gateway Sub-National Transport Body, and Wiltshire Council. 

It also contains a list of the CATGs (Community Area Transport Groups) and who seems to attend them. 

Bike Shops in and around Wiltshire

This is a list of bike shops in and around Wiltshire with websites, contact details and notes on e-bikes etc. Update suggestions welcome: please email transport@wiltshireclimatealliance.org.uk .

Group Meetings

Our next Transport topic group zoom meeting is Thursday 23rd February 2023 at 7pm. (We aim to open zoom at 6:45pm to welcome new members and settle in.)

Draft AGENDA:

  1. Introductions [regulars and workshop attendees]

  2. Updates:

    1. Roads

    2. Active Travel

    3. Any other

  3. Report back from the Members AwayDay

  4. Roundtable discussion of the key Awayday action ideas:

    1. WCA to become valued 'expert stakeholder' 

    2. Engage with transport questions on planning applications

    3. Public facing influence campaign

    4. Transport Citizens Assembly
  5. Date of next meeting 23 March - or any extra subgroups in between?
  6. Any Other Business

You can contact the topic group at transport@wiltshireclimatealliance.org.uk .

Please register below for joining details and updates. All welcome!

Register for Transport Topic Group Meetings

16th September 2020
 

1st October 2020

12th November 2020

3rd December 2020

14th January 2021

18th February 2021

18th March 2021

22nd April 2021

27th May 2021

24th June 2021

22nd July 2021

26th August 2021

23rd Sept 2021

28th Oct 2021

For November 2021 main items were:

 - Establishing a Wiltshire Active Travel Forum - Sonia Kundu from Somerset RailtoTrail contributing

 - Discussion of Sustrans approach to developing cycle routes - Sustrans county rep invited

 - Updates on previous actions and other issues, including Melksham bypass

More details on this November agenda.

24th Feb 2022

22nd April 2022

23rd June 2022

28th July 2022

27th October 2022

November 2022:

- Roads reports (A350, corridor alliance)

- Active Travel reports (Atkins LCWIP, Wilts cycle network, etc)

- Follow-ups: Wilts Council correspondence

- Further action

26th January 2023

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AUGUST AGENDA for reference

1. Active Travel:

WC Consultations on LCWIPs (Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans

Chippenham, Devizes and Trowbridge map-based consultations ended 1 August but work is ongoing and input should still be possible

 

Salisbury and Wiltshire-wide LCWIPs: 

The consultation for the following documents is now open until 16 September 2022. They have problems.

  • Wiltshire draft LCWIP 

  • Active Travel Infrastructure Design Standards 

  • Active Travel parking standards 

  • Salisbury LCWIP summary

  • Salisbury draft LCWIP 

 

Council Active Travel self-assessment feedback to Active Travel England (ATE). WC may earn a low score.

We have a brief chance to send independent reports to ATE. 

Possible threat to road schemes funding if WC's AT score is too low!

 

Swindon and Wilts Active Travel Forum (rural greenways)

Update (if any) from Andrew/Margaret.

 

Bike Food Waste Collection project update 

Pilot towns needed for 2023. 

 

2. Roads:

Newly formed A350 Alliance and 19/08/22 meeting with Corridor Alliance

M4-South Coast Study team meeting with AN, KMcC, &JR 23/08/22 

Update on Future Chippenham legal challenge etc.

Update on Stonehenge A303

Lobbying proposals re SWLEP and Western Gateway

 

3. Any Other Business:

Public Transport updates?

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