The new Lincoln Transport Strategy has been put into action.
The strategy sims to provide a clear vision for the future of transport across the Lincoln area.
Developed by Lincolnshire County Council, City of Lincoln Council, North Kesteven District Council and West Lindsey District Council, the purpose of the strategy is to provide a future-ready transport network improving access and supporting people, businesses and organisations.
By 2036, it is hoped that Lincoln will be a more prosperous, attractive and healthy place. An inclusive and collective approach to accessibility and movement across all communities will enable businesses to succeed, carbon emissions to be reduced, embrace new advances in technology and provide an improved quality of life for all.
Walking and cycling will be at the heart of the city’s movement network and links between the cultural, civic, retail and university quarters will be strengthened.
Councillor Richard Davies said: “I think that the headline message [of the strategy] is that more of the same isn’t the answer. We’re getting to the point where junction improvements, signal improvements, extra bits of road, aren’t going to fix the problem, certainly for the greater Lincoln area.
“It’s about giving people alternatives, and is some instances making those alternatives preferable to the car journey.”
Main objectives of the strategy include, but are not limited to:
- Reducing traffic
- Increasing access to education
- Protecting and enhancing the historic and cultural environment
- Improving accessibility and transport
- Reducing carbon emissions
- Providing efficient strategic road and rail networks
- Supporting new housing and employment sites
Strategy components include strategic infrastructure interventions and service and policy interventions. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Green corridors
- Mobility hubs
- Bus priority
- Digital connectivity
- Parking strategy
- Sustainable urban extensions
- A variety of packages
The Lincoln Transport Strategy Board will bring together stakeholders from a range of disciplines to use their collective experience and expertise to deliver the strategy.
Lincoln MP, Karl McCartney, said: “Ultimately, we’re all concerned about getting Lincoln and traffic moving because that’s what we all want to happen as quickly as possible and as safely as possible. I think there certainly needs to be processes in place for a) communication and b) actually doing the work that needs to be done, and actually timing that correctly.”
The strategy provides a long-term plan, but proposals within the strategy will be delivered in short, medium and long-term time scales, while some remain on-going throughout the entire strategy period.
The Strategy Board will continuously monitor and review the progress of individual measures and the strategy overall.
Oliver Pridmore has more on tonight’s City Vibe, live on Siren at 4pm.