Transport Planning

Winchester Town Access Plan

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.



Public Consultation

A public consultation process took place in Autumn 2010 and a document setting out responses received is available above.

Aims and priorities of the Winchester Town Access Plan document

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:

  • To ensure that the vitality and resilience of the local economy is strengthened by planning for movement and access which is economically and environmentally sustainable
  • To lead a transition to cycling, walking, public transport and low-carbon modes of travel including low emission private and commercial vehicles
  • To enhance the social and cultural wellbeing of Winchester by providing access for all
  • To reduce the negative effects of transport on residential neighbourhoods and the town’s historic environment, particularly in relation to air quality and the safety of pedestrians and cyclists

In order to achieve the aims of the Access Plan action is required in key areas.  These are identified as eight strategic priorities:

  • Promote self-sufficient communities and self-containment to reduce the need to travel
  • Improve the local cycling and walking experience for functional and leisure trips (through education and infrastructure)
  • Provide carefully planned car parking to meet economic need
  • Reduce the negative impact of vehicle movements in residential areas
  • Promote the delivery of ‘a high-quality public realm that is available to all users’ where this is appropriate
  • Promote the purchase and use of low-emission vehicles
  • Invest for maximum benefit from public transport; and
  • Use new development as an opportunity to set standards that support the Access Plan