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New website helps to connect Wiltshire through sustainable transport
3:07pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A website dedicated to helping people travel across Wiltshire using sustainable transport is launched this month.
The Connecting Wiltshire website - www.connectingwiltshire.co.uk - Newwill help people plan journeys and find out more about all forms of transport in their area.
To help promote ways of travelling in Wiltshire, the council will be running travel information roadshows in Trowbridge (September 18 and 19), Bradford on Avon (September 18 and 19), Chippenham (September 20) and Salisbury (September 21).
In addition, Connecting Wiltshire travel advisors will be providing personalised travel advice and information to schools, businesses and residents across the county with the aim of assessing individuals’ travel needs and advising them on their choices.
The website is being funded after Wiltshire Council successfully bid for £4.5million last year from the government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) to improve transport services and information in Wiltshire.
The website is just one of a host of initiatives which will help people plan their journeys from start to finish. The programme includes personal travel advisors who will be visiting people in the community to discuss ways in which they can use different modes of transport.
Cllr John Thomson, Cabinet member with responsibility for transport, said: “This scheme will help people get out and about more and enable them to visit communities across the county which will have huge benefits to the local economy. We live in a rural county and helping people explore the area using more ecologically friendly transport is very important.
"Whether they are cyclists, car drivers or train commuters, this website will give them the information they need to plan every step of their journeyConnecting people is at the very centre of Connecting Wiltshire.”
The programme is looking at all forms of transport, and the LSTF funding will see Wiltshire Council working with First Great Western to provide a new Trans Wilts rail service through Melksham subject to current franchise negotiations.
The programme will also improve connections to rail stations such as walking and cycling routes, cycle parking and a new bus service from Longleat to Warminster station
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