|LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN 2000
There are a range
of methods that we could adopt to meet the challenges faced
locally in transport planning.
We only have a limited amount of money to
spend and so we will have to prioritise the schemes carefully.
There are two basic approaches we could
Coventry can be naturally divided into
- to the west linking the centre to Solihull
- to the east linking the centre to Rugby and
- north-south linking the centre to Nuneaton
We could invest in major projects to deal
with challenges in each of these zones and the City Centre. This would include schemes
- BUS SHOWCASE
Upgrading existing bus routes so that buses have priority, are easier to get on and off
and are more reliable.
- PARK AND RIDE
Intercepting car drivers as they drive into
Coventry and encouraging them to complete their journey via public transport.
- DEMAND MANAGEMENT
Making it harder to drive into or park in the
centre while simultaneously making it easier to use public transport.
- NEW RAIL STATIONS
Building new rail stations in some of our
corridors would enable people to make more use of the trains.
We could make it easier to swap between bus,
train, car, bike or foot by providing stations at which all these different transport
It would take many years to deliver these
projects and they may only be able to be funded one at a time.
Alternatively we could aim for:
Instead of delivering a small number of
large schemes, we could concentrate on a larger number of smaller schemes and encourage a
gradual but continuous improvement in the network and public transport system.
This approach would focus on schemes such
- LOCAL SAFETY
Making residential areas safer for those who
live there. We could use traffic calming, 20mph zones and even 'Home Zones' where the
pedestrian and cyclist are in charge.
- HIGHWAY RENEWAL
We could renew major roads and pavements,
giving them a longer life span and making them safer. There is a long backlog of renewal
work to be done.
- RESIDENTS' PARKING
We could introduce schemes to enable residents to park in their streets while others such
as - commuters dodging car park fees - are prevented from parking.
- OTHER SAFETY SCHEMES
Improvements in street lighting would make people feel safer at night, encourage them to
walk or use public transport and reduce their dependence on the car.
- CYCLE ROUTES
Building decent cycle routes where cyclists
are protected from motor traffic will encourage more people to get about by bike.
We intend to continue Influencing bus and
train companies to convince them to improve standards of reliability and service.
If we focus on these more community based
schemes, it is unlikely that we will be able to deliver the large schemes listed in 'Corridors and Centres' as well.