CFF Transport Group
The CFF Transport Group has also re-formed to combine with the Town Council (CTC) Group. This group is now meeting with County Council officers and members and is helping develop priorities for new transport schemes. The County Council has produced for the first time a specific Transport Strategy for Carterton. This will be reviewed on an annual basis, with the next review taking place in Autumn 2013. Schemes in the pipeline include Vehicle Activated Signs around the town, cycle parks installed at various locations, modifications to the Carterton Road/Norton Way roundabout and the creation of a much needed zebra crossing outside Aldi. The Burford Road cycleway has been completed. The CFF Group is working on a number of projects including the production of a leaflet showing leisure routes for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. There will be more information about this as soon as funding has been secured.
Transport PolicyTransport Policy for the area is set out in Oxfordshire County Council’s Local Transport Plan3 (LTP3) and within this a Carterton Area Strategy 2011-2030 has been developed. Key elements include improving pedestrian facilities and creating good links, developing cycling routes to link residential areas to services, schools and employment, improving the frequency and attractiveness of public transport, reducing the need to travel and inefficient car use and making the best use of existing road space. This Strategy also says it will develop a detailed strategy which will be updated at regular intervals.
One of the issues which has arisen from the work of the town centre design project www.carterton-tc.gov.uk/ff_centre is congestion, which is expected to get worse, at the crossroads. One solution would be to create filter lanes, but another is to make the crossroads into a small roundabout. This could be accompaniesd by traffic calming measures and it would be important to ensure there were safe crossings for pedestrians. This kind of arrangement could enhance the town centre and reduce queuing traffic.
It must be stressed that so far this is only an idea which has been suggested at one of the workshops, and at present there are no plans to make any changes. If there ever were, there would be a full public consultation. However, it would be interesting to have any comments - please contact Catherine Chater with your views email@example.com
The reverse side of the notice board outside the Town Hall has some public transport information. Leaflets are also available from the Town Hall.
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