Residents and businesses asked for their views on draft strategy
East Lothian residents and businesses are invited to take part in a consultation on the council’s draft Local Transport Strategy which was approved at February’s full Council meeting.
The draft strategy proposes four Action Plans:
- Active Travel Improvement Plan (ATIP) - Considering ways in which to improve facilities for walking and cycling in East Lothian leading to greater participation in both. The main aims are to improve health and wellbeing, reduce emissions and improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion.
- Parking Management Strategy (PMS) – Balancing the needs for parking to meet demand with improvements to accessibility of towns and villages. New measures may include restricting waiting times, charging and providing additional spaces.
- Road Asset Management Plan – Continued improvement and maintenance of the road network and future growth requirements.
- Road Safety Plan – Identifies scale and character of road collisions in East Lothian and through the co-ordination between partner organisations considers ways to manage speed through regulation, provide engineering improvements, educate, and encourage safer road practices.
Transport is a vital part of everyday life for East Lothian and essential for accessing public services, education, shops and work. Since the last publication of the Local Transport Strategy in 2001 significant changes to the population and infrastructure of East Lothian has occurred or is planned to occur. The updated Local Transport Strategy will reflect these changes and set out how East Lothian Council intends to meet national objectives at a local level and detail actions which will achieve local objectives.
"We are keen to hear from as many people as possible whether they use private car, public transport, cycle or walk." Cllr Norman Hampshire
Cabinet member for Environment, Cllr Norman Hampshire, said: “East Lothian is a rapidly growing area and the needs of the increasing population to travel to work, school, for shopping or pleasure require to be managed in a sustainable manner. This public consultation will provide individuals and businesses with opportunities to highlight both current concerns and future aspirations around the theme of transport. We are keen to hear from as many people as possible whether they use private car, public transport, cycle or walk.”
Key transport statistics compiled during preparation of the strategy indicate that bus and train travel to work is higher than the Scottish average whilst walking to work is lower. This reflects East Lothian’s position as an area with high levels of commuters travelling into Edinburgh and more limited local employment.
Car ownership levels are above the national average which reflects the rural nature of much of East Lothian and the resulting car dependency that this creates. Traffic growth has been decreasing over a 10 year period and is below the national average and levels of congestion are also lower whilst the road network condition is in a better state of repair than the Scottish average.
The public consultation will include a series of community-based local workshops at each of the six main towns: Times and venues to be confirmed –
- Tranent - 17th April
- Haddington - 18th April
- North Berwick - 19th April
- Dunbar - 24th April
- Prestonpans - 25th April
- Musselburgh - 26th April
It’s intended that a consultation report and final draft will then be submitted to the May 2018 full council meeting for approval.