We successfully won additional government funding to make sustainable travel improvements across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch

In the 2011 Department for Transport white paper, the government announced the £560 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF). This was to ‘help local authorities make the changes needed to encourage people to travel more sustainably’.

As part of the South East Dorset’s Local Transport Plan 3 (LTP3), funding was sought and won to create a package of measures in and around the three local authorities (Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset). This is to help create a long lasting step change in low carbon travel.

The package aims to improve bus, rail, walking and cycling facilities to try and remove key barriers to sustainable travel and reduce dependency on the car.

South East Dorset is the second largest urban area in the South West with a population of 440,000. The primary East to West route which connects the three main centres of Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch accounts for approximately 30% of the conurbation’s total population and approximately 37% of all jobs.

The economy in Dorset itself has grown in recent years despite the recession and because of the diverse range of services that the county has to offer, there is potential for further growth and development.

A growth in business and population is likely to mean more journeys travelled and it is predicted that delays along the main route could increase by up to 81%. By acting now we can reduce this congestion in the future.