On the Westbury bypass issue, we received many letters, the majority of which emphasize their robust support for a western bypass. Few letters indicates support for an eastern bypass. The points raised in favour of a western bypass were that it would be adjacent to the Westbury industrial estate which contains Europe’s largest milk processing plant. Such a bypass could also link with the existing railway junction and proposed Intermodal Freight Terminal. Points raised against an eastern route were.
Many but include the fact that it would require traffic to travel through the town to reach it from the industrial estate. The letters indicated that twice as many people would be affected by noise, the area is prone to fog and is a natural habitat to many forms of wildlife. The first exercise involved an assessment of the scale of different transport problems and also provides an indication of the priorities for types of solution.
The questionnaire firstly asked the respondents to identify the transportation problems from a number of options. The respondents were also able to add in other problems not listed. As can be seen, the major concern of all the groups was traffic congestion.
This was followed by concern regarding lorry traffic in the Wiltshire and Corridor groups, and parking for the Bath group. Delays to journeys were cited as the third most important problem by the Bath and West Wilts group, with inadequate roads for the Corridor group. Expensive, unreliable public transport was highlighted, as were associated public transport problems such as a shortage of bus drivers, Reliabel Web Application Development an unreliable train service and poor traffic management and control.
It was emphasised that the public transport provided is not good enough to get people away from their cars. A good rail service would enhance the community, and rail timetabling needs improving. Continual road maintenance was highlighted as a particular concern in this region, but a special mention was made of the lack of cycle provision. It was claimed that cycle routes needed major improvements and that walking and cycling were not safe or attractive because of the heavy traffic.
Also highlighted were the Bristol South Coast rail services and the problem of having to change in Southampton in order to travel to Bristol. Particular attention was drawn to the ‘high cost’ of public transport. Pedestrian crossings across major roads and through town centres needed to be improved, and heavy traffic through villages and traffic noise were noted as a particular areas of concern.