Sustrans officially launched its Access to Stations project, at a well-attended public event at the STEAM museum on 11 April.
The project, which will encourage more people to walk, cycle and use public transport to access the railway station in the town, is being delivered by Sustrans, in partnership with First Great Western and Swindon Borough Council.
Sustrans’ South West Regional Director, Adrian Roper, joined First Great Western’s Director of Projects, Mike Hogg, to formally launch the project.
Forty participants attended the event including people with an interest in cycling, walking, buses, taxis, older people, police, climate action, and equality. In discussion groups they helped to identify what currently works well at the station, and what could be improved, in terms of access. The discussions successfully identified ideas and priorities for improving Swindon station.
Station Travel Plan
Ideas from the night will now be considered by a steering group, and along with results from 400 passenger surveys, and other analysis of the current station, will help to form a new Station Travel Plan for Swindon Station. The first draft is due to be released in Autumn 2013, outlining priorities for future development of the station over the next 5 years.
Adrian Roper, SW Regional Director at Sustrans, said: “Switching from car journeys to walking, cycling and getting the train and bus makes end-to-end journeys between people’s doorstep and destination simple, low impact and reliable.”
Walk or cycle to the station – and keep fit in the process!
“It is important that we make it as easy as possible to walk and cycle to the station as it is a great way for local residents and workers to get some exercise, keep healthy and to reduce congestion in the town.”
Mike Hogg, Director of Projects at First Great Western, added: “With peak-time traffic congestion affecting the reliability of road journeys and contributing significantly to carbon emissions, the availability of punctual and reliable rail services is playing a vital role in reducing car journeys.”
“First Great Western is privileged to run the Great Western network and we will continue to work with partners to deliver further improvements.”
Sustrans is working in Swindon with First Great Western and Swindon Travel Choices thanks to funding from the Department for Transport Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
Anyone with views on potential improvements to the station, or is interested in being kept up to date with the plan contact: email@example.com
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