Weymouth Transport Package Improvements To Follow
8:43am 25th March 2014
A review of Weymouth's multimillion pound Transport Package says the system is working and more improvements are in the pipeline.
Dorset County Council has carried out its second year review of the controversial scheme that saw £9.3 million pounds worth of road improvements in the town.
It found bus punctuality and reliability has improved, journey times have been reduced, the air quality is better and pedestrians are safer.
There has been a 26% reduction in the average journey time per mile through the King Street/Boot Hill corridor. There has also been a 28% improvement in journey time reliability.
However, residents still aren't entirely happy with the quality of the ageing Weymouth bus fleet.
Following feedback from the Park District Residents Community Group, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council says more amendments are lined up for the summer, that includes improving the signage leading tourists into town from the Bus and Train stations.
County councillor Hilary Cox, Cabinet member for environment, said:
"We now have two years worth of traffic data based on the original scheme and it seems to be working well in improving journey time reliability, but we appreciate that demands are continually changing.
"After listening to the communities concerned highways engineers will try to include ideas into the next amendments to the scheme where practicable. It is good that people took to time to consider how to improve this scheme."
Local county councillor for Weymouth town, Mike Byatt said:
"I am pleased to see officers are monitoring the effectiveness of this scheme closely and that refinements are being implemented. An efficient transport network is important for the sustainability of a thriving local economy and the scheme will help to contribute to Weymouth's economic growth."