Hampshire Sustainable Transport Towns Project
This £4.1m project, funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) ran until March 2015. It aimed to encourage residents and workers in the six towns of Aldershot, Andover, Basingstoke, Farnborough, Fleet and Winchester to make greater use of sustainable travel modes in their everyday journeys.
If more people choose to make short journeys by local bus, rail, walking, cycling or car-sharing more of the time instead of by car, where a reasonable alternative exists, then this will help to:
- reduce congestion at peak times on local roads as a result of fewer car trips per household.
- reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, helping address the contribution of local transport to climate change, and to improve air quality.
- improve health and general wellbeing as a result of more people building in physical activity into their daily travel routines.
Background and context
The Hampshire Sustainable Transport Towns (HSTT) Project comprises a package of 31 complementary measures spread between the six towns.
The bid was accepted by the DfT in July 2011 as one of 39 projects that received LSTF Tranche 1 funding. In January 2013, the County Council agreed with the DfT a revised grant profile, that has seen some grant carried over from the 2012/13 financial year into 2013/14. Delivery of some initiatives including cycle compounds at rail stations, and station travel plans in all six towns and real time bus improvements have been brought forward compared to the timetable set out in the original bid.
As part of the project, a number of transport improvements were delivered in the six towns up to March 2015. The improvements were supported by marketing and travel planning work to encourage residents and workers to consider making more use of sustainable forms of travel.