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BETTER ACCESS FOR ALL

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A central part of the Council's Regeneration strategy
is to ensure better access for all,
both within and outside the District.
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Action is focused on four main aspects:-

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IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ROAD NETWORK We are working with Gloucestershire County Council, the highway authority, to ensure that roads are better and safer for the whole community.
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SERVICE AND CHOICE OF BUSES We are working jointly with several partners, including Gloucestershire County Council, to secure better accessibility within the District.
IMPROVED ACCESS TO TRAINS We are promoting improvements with Railtrack and the train operating companies.
THE SEVERN BRIDGE TOLLS We are involved in lobbying the Severn Bridge company and the Highways Agency to secure changes.


IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ROAD NETWORK

Strategic issues:-

Traffic Management

There are concerns about traffic speeds in several areas but particularly on the A40(T) and A48(T). There is a need for traffic calming and control of heavy vehicles through villages.

Highway Improvements

We continue to work with Gloucestershire County Council to secure improvements to the strategic road network. A number of schemes are being pursued through the Transport Policy and Programme. Better links for the District with the national road network are also sought.


IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SERVICE AND CHOICE OF BUSES

Strategic Issues:-

Forest of Dean Transport Co-ordination Study

A major study of transport available in the District has recently been completed. The recommendations are wide ranging and cover bus services, community buses, Dial-a-Ride services, taxis, public transport co-ordination and access to employment amongst other matters.


IMPROVED ACCESS TO TRAINS

Strategic Issues:-

Improved Facilities for Passengers at Lydney Station

Promoting with Railtrack and the train operators, better facilities for passengers. Improved information, better waiting areas, better parking and linking bus services are required.

Development of opportunities for Freight Usage

Consultants will be appointed to examine options to upgrade Lydney Station for freight and its relationship with the Dean Forest Railway.

Additional Stations

The Council is promoting the opening of an additional passenger station on the line to Gloucester to encourage more sustainable travel to major centres outside the District.


SEVERN BRIDGE TOLLS

Traffic Diversions

The tolling regime and the cost of the crossing is distorting traffic patterns. Heavy Goods Vehicles in particular are diverting onto roads through the Forest of Dean to avoid paying the Toll Charge. Negotiations are continuing between the Severn Bridge Company, the Highways Agency and all the affected local authorities.


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