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6.3.3 | A Transport Vision for the Southern Region | The Role of Transport

Transport investment in the Region aims to meet the following objectives:

centres and access to ports and airports for the movement of both people and goods; • Protecting the capacity of inter-urban road connectivity in and around the largest cities, ports and airports, through effective traffic management and transport demand management; • Strengthening intra-regional connectivity by providing for an effective network of regional roads, particularly improved connectivity between large towns, smaller towns, villages and rural areas; • Providing public transport infrastructure and services to meet the needs of smaller towns, villages and rural areas; • Developing a comprehensive network of safe cycling routes in the three cities and their metropolitan areas and to provide similar facilities in other towns and villages where appropriate; • Ensuring that future developments are planned and designed to maximise their accessibility by public transport, walking and cycling; • Protecting the strategic capacity and safety of the Region’s transport network; • Meeting the safe travel requirements of all people, irrespective of age or mobility and transport mode; • Facilitating the role of the private car insofar as this role complements the other modes; • Facilitating the overall cost of travel in terms of journey time and financial outlay. The Southern Regional Assembly, together with local authorities, theNTAand other agencies, will seek to apply these principles in an effective, efficient and sustainable manner, taking into consideration the requirements of both urban and rural areas of the Region.

• To reduce the environmental impact of travel on the Region; • To provide for the integrated development of sustainable transport infrastructure, including walking, cycling (including emerging e-modes) and public transport to accommodate the necessary switch from the private car, for the travel needs of all individuals in the Region, in line with the stated government transport policy; • To manage sustainably the existing and future demand for travel, in particular by private car and other passive travel modes, primarily through appropriate integrated land use planning to reduce the distance between origin and destination of the greatest proportion of trips generated; • To support improved strategic and local connectivity; • To expand attractive public transport and other alternatives to car transport; • To reduce congestion; • To cater for the demands of longer-term population and employment growth, in a sustainable manner; • To provide reliable and resilient connectivity to international and domestic markets; • To provide for the safe and most efficient movement of people and goods; • To ensure value for money. The following principles will inform the integration of land use and transport planning in the Region over the period of the RSES: • Supporting compact and smart growth through the achievement of mutual consistency between land use and transport planning, investment, and service provision; • Strengthening intra-regional connectivity between the metropolitan areas and large towns, and between large towns to improve public transport services and reliable journey times; • Strengthening inter-regional connectivity through the improvement of inter-urban road and rail connectivity, particularly between the largest urban

Southern Regional Assembly | RSES


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