The Winchester Town Access Plan is a strategy which sets out a shared vision for how access to facilities and services within the town will be improved. The Plan was developed jointly by Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council.
A public consultation process took place in Autumn 2010 and a document setting out responses received is available above.
The Hampshire Local Transport Plan sets out the role of Access Plans and how they will guide the longer term vision and strategies covering all modes of transport within larger settlements such as Winchester.
Winchester faces a number of factors which combine to give it traffic levels and problems far beyond that which would normally be associated with a town of its size. It experiences many of the problems associated with that of an ancient city centre such as narrow ancient streets and footways that allow little scope for improving provision for road users and pedestrians.
The Access Plan focuses on improving accessibility and air quality, reducing the level of traffic in the city centre and therefore improving the situation in terms of localised congestion.
Whilst traffic levels have remained fairly stable since the 1990’s infill development in the town has brought additional pressures in terms of car parking and available road space. It is therefore important that future development is used to influence how the town develops in terms of accessibility.
The Access Plan needs to reflect and support other strategies, plans and policies already in place regarding the town and access including the Town Forum’s vision.
The four key Aims of the Access Plan are:
In order to achieve the aims of the Access Plan action is required in key areas. These are identified as eight strategic priorities: