Better bus and rail facilities for the New Forest in bid to cut traffic

NATIONAL Park chiefs have launched a two-year campaign to cut the number of tourists using cars in the New Forest.

The National Park Authority (NPA) wants to protect the fragile environment by persuading more people to use public transport or cycle.

The award-winning New Forest Tour is due to be extended with a third bus being added to cover the south-west corner of the area and a new bus route serving Lepe Country Park is also under discussion.

It follows the Government’s decision earlier this year to fund new initiatives to reduce the impact of traffic on the New Forest and South Downs national parks.

The Department for Transport has released almost £4m, which must be spent by 2015.

New measures to tackle the problem were revealed at a meeting of the NPA, which heard that bus and rail facilities would be upgraded.

Members welcomed the scheme but said it should be extended to embrace electric cars and the Hythe passenger ferry.

They also stressed the need to reduce congestion in Lyndhurst, which is the Forest’s biggest bottleneck.

NPA member Alan Rice condemned the “dinosaurs” who had repeatedly blocked moves to build a Lyndhurst bypass.

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But New Forest councillor Maureen Holding issued a warning over moves to encourage more cycling in the Forest, saying Brockenhurst was already “swamped” during the tourist season.

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9:06am Wed 9 Jan 13

l'anglais says...

Surely the emphasis should be put on improving public transport in Urban areas not rural areas.

If you want to have the New Forest retain it's beauty, then close minor roads to vehicles other than residents.
Surely the emphasis should be put on improving public transport in Urban areas not rural areas. If you want to have the New Forest retain it's beauty, then close minor roads to vehicles other than residents. l'anglais
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9:12am Wed 9 Jan 13

MJD says...

To late is the cry.. You should have thought of this before the Beeching Axe fell on the corkscrew. You replaced it with a Road.
To late is the cry.. You should have thought of this before the Beeching Axe fell on the corkscrew. You replaced it with a Road. MJD
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10:50am Wed 9 Jan 13

funkyferret says...

This is doomed from the start. People need to travel to the Forest - often from far & wide - to explore it. Public transport is a too expensive / hap-hazard & un-reliable alternative, so folks WILL bring their cars, loaded with children, bikes, dogs etc. The emphasis should be on better management, not the replacement of, the traffic.
£4m won't even touch the surface of this issue ..
This is doomed from the start. People need to travel to the Forest - often from far & wide - to explore it. Public transport is a too expensive / hap-hazard & un-reliable alternative, so folks WILL bring their cars, loaded with children, bikes, dogs etc. The emphasis should be on better management, not the replacement of, the traffic. £4m won't even touch the surface of this issue .. funkyferret
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