Chew Transport Strategy

In parallel with the West of England Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Study, the Council has commissioned consultants to develop a Transport Strategy for the Chew Valley.  This covers the 14 parishes shown below.

Chew Valley Map

The transport work will look to recommend improvements or measures to address existing problems.  It will also take into account the Council’s Core Strategy which is proposing limited additional housing in the Chew Valley between 2011 & 2029.

The study needs to understand existing transport issues and priorities for improvements or measures to be included in the proposed Transport Strategy.  As part of this, we would like your views on the existing issues, proposed objectives and possible improvements outlined below:

Existing Transport Issues

The following key issues in relation to local transport in the Chew Valley have been identified:

  • Poor access to public or community transport and a limited number of destinations by bus
  • Poor access to facilities, services and shops
  • High traffic volumes through the villages
  • Heavy goods vehicles using unsuitable roads
  • ‘Rat running’ to Bristol airport
  • Limited off-street parking and on-street parking can cause problems
  • Significant numbers of road traffic accidents
  • Limited pedestrian facilities in some areas
  • Limited cycle routes
  • Accessibility to schools (particularly Chew Valley School), colleges and health facilities
  • Difficulties faced by younger and older age groups

Proposed Objectives

The following objectives are proposed for the Chew Valley Transport Strategy:

  • Improving the quality of life for local residents
  • Improving road safety for all users
  • Promoting sustainable mobility where possible
  • Maintaining and enhancing the local environment
  • Addressing the needs of people with mobility impairments
  • Improving access to employment in Bath and Bristol
  • Improving access to village centres by walking and cycling

Possible Improvements

The following types of improvements could be included in the proposed Chew Valley Transport Strategy:

A.  Road safety improvements

B.  Better maintenance of roads and footways

C.  Improved walking routes and pedestrian crossings

D.  More cycle routes

E.  School Travel Plans to encourage non-car modes

F.  Reduced speed limits and better management of speeds

G.  Improved information on buses and bus waiting facilities

H.  Improved public or community transport services

A Draft Transport Strategy Report will be produced and discussed with the Council, after which it will be subject to public consultation via the Council’s website.

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