New blueprint for county’s transport

A 15-YEAR plan to manage Derbyshire’s roads, pavements, rights of way and public transport has been drawn-up by the County Council.

The authority asked local people for their views about what they thought was most important and the answers were used to help put together Derbyshire Local Transport Plan 2011-2026.

The plan sets out five key priorities for the county council including providing well-maintained roads and rights of way; improving local accessibility and achieving healthier travel habits; providing efficient transport network management; improving road safety and security and taking a considered approach to new infrastructure.

Cllr Simon Spencer, County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “With the big squeeze on public spending, forward planning is essential as we look for ways to work even more efficiently.

“We’ll be looking for ways to make our money go even further and make the best use of what we’ve got which means keeping our roads well-maintained.”

As well as safety schemes and day-to -day maintenance on pavements, roads, footpaths and cycle paths, measures to help achieve the goals highlighted in the plan will include improving road junctions to reduce traffic jams and cut congestion; better road signage to places and tourist attractions; supporting local rail routes such as the Derwent Valley and Hope Valley lines to encourage people to use them for short trips as well as for longer journeys; improving facilities for cyclists and building more cycle routes and greenways suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, wheelchair users and pushchairs; and measures to reduce the risk of flooding.

The report can be found online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk.