Latest phase of Three Towns Travel project rejected for funding

Ian Kalra, from Bournemouth council

Ian Kalra, from Bournemouth council

First published in News

A MAJOR travel project designed to improve journeys in Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch has missed out on the latest government cash.

In news branded “very disappointing” by one of the project's leaders, it means that schemes planned to run into 2016 could be cut short at the end of the current financial year.

Bournemouth Borough Council led a joint bid between itself, Borough of Poole and Dorset County Council for the latest aspects of Three Towns Travel Choices.

The bid was for £1 million from the Department for Transport's Local Sustainable Transport Fund for a total of £1.1 million worth of projects in 2015/16.

They included business travel grants, a cycle voucher scheme, a sustainable area-wide travel network, school and college travel planning, marketing, promotion and information, car clubs and smartcards.

The initiatives will still happen this year, but the funding would have allowed them to continue in 2015/16 - casting doubts over their long-term effectiveness.

Ian Kalra, Bournemouth council's transportation services manager, said: “This is very disappointing, because the measures put forward would have enhanced those currently being delivered as part of the Three Towns Travel programme.

“The additional money would have allowed the local authorities to create a further legacy by implementing initiatives to promote sustainable travel and encourage people to cycle, walk, use the bus and car share.

“Despite our disappointment we accept we have done extremely well recently, securing over £20m in government funding to improve sustainable travel in and around the three towns.

“We also take encouragement from the Three Towns Travel schemes that have already been implemented and those that are currently being delivered. Once complete travelling sustainably between Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch will be easier, safer and more attractive.”

Cllr Ian Potter, cabinet member for transport at Borough of Poole, said he was disappointed.

He added: “Our bid would have allowed us to build on the good work already carried out in the Three Towns Travel project, which aims to encourage people to choose more environmentally-friendly forms of travel.”

SCHEMES already completed under Three Towns Travel include the new hub at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, the revamped Sea View roundabout in Poole and Burton Road footbridge.

Currently or shortly due to be under way are works at Ashley Road, Poole, Boscombe West and Richmond Hill, Bournemouth.

Dorset County Council was successful in a separate bid, securing £570,000 towards a scheme to combat road congestion and give people better access to work opportunities.

The cash will go towards work on improvements, including new walking and cycling routes, at the Aviation Business Park at Bournemouth Airport, Ferndown Industrial Estate and the Portland-Weymouth-Dorchester corridor.

Bournemouth council was also turned down for funding for a £1.1M cycle initiative.

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8:08am Fri 18 Jul 14

Fingersonthem says...

Councils idea of spending it would be a zip wire to Iford to speed things up.
But the Government thought that was going downhill and wanted something with a more upward approach.
Councils idea of spending it would be a zip wire to Iford to speed things up. But the Government thought that was going downhill and wanted something with a more upward approach. Fingersonthem
  • Score: 2

8:43am Fri 18 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

If you want to get traffic moving again repair and improve the road network for all and not just the selected few.
If you want to get traffic moving again repair and improve the road network for all and not just the selected few. Hessenford
  • Score: 4

9:25am Fri 18 Jul 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Hessenford wrote:
If you want to get traffic moving again repair and improve the road network for all and not just the selected few.
Exactly, it has to be looked at for all road users. Foot or wheels.
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: If you want to get traffic moving again repair and improve the road network for all and not just the selected few.[/p][/quote]Exactly, it has to be looked at for all road users. Foot or wheels. bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 4

9:47am Fri 18 Jul 14

Branksome snail says...

Sea View roundabout. Months and months of work, dragged out as long as possible and completely pointless.

Thank goodness this funding was turned down. Anything to reduce the amount of white elephants being created just to give the people who come up with them and implement them some sort of purpose.
Sea View roundabout. Months and months of work, dragged out as long as possible and completely pointless. Thank goodness this funding was turned down. Anything to reduce the amount of white elephants being created just to give the people who come up with them and implement them some sort of purpose. Branksome snail
  • Score: 7

12:25pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

If the council wants to make the roads safer for all then look at extending Dorset Way and connecting it to Wessex Way and this will relieve lots of traffic from Ashley Road, Wallisdown Road and many other roads that are currently are over congested. Until this is done all the walkways and cycle lanes in the world will not make any difference to the traffic problems.
If the council wants to make the roads safer for all then look at extending Dorset Way and connecting it to Wessex Way and this will relieve lots of traffic from Ashley Road, Wallisdown Road and many other roads that are currently are over congested. Until this is done all the walkways and cycle lanes in the world will not make any difference to the traffic problems. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 5

1:33pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Tripod says...

"The initiatives will still happen this year, but the funding would have allowed them to continue in 2015/16 - casting doubts over their long-term effectiveness"?
So know they don't have the funding to keep the project going but will go ahead anyway; Only a local authority could justify and knowingly waste time and money like this!
"The initiatives will still happen this year, but the funding would have allowed them to continue in 2015/16 - casting doubts over their long-term effectiveness"? So know they don't have the funding to keep the project going but will go ahead anyway; Only a local authority could justify and knowingly waste time and money like this! Tripod
  • Score: 1

2:29pm Fri 18 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

Perhaps the government can see that the Three Clowns Trouble scheme is just a pointless waste of money because faffing about with everything for the sake of a few cyclists will have little benefit to 95% of road users? Better laid out roads for motorists would more than likely make the roads safer for everyone.
Perhaps the government can see that the Three Clowns Trouble scheme is just a pointless waste of money because faffing about with everything for the sake of a few cyclists will have little benefit to 95% of road users? Better laid out roads for motorists would more than likely make the roads safer for everyone. speedy231278
  • Score: 2

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