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Improving travel (Weymouth - Dorchester corridor)

Dorset County Council received £2.409m from the Department for Transport through its Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) to improve travel.

This 'one off' funding was granted by the DfT for specific projects that are sustainable after the end of the project. 

The project was successfully completed and included:

Child miles

The school travel health check shows that 46% of children in Weymouth and 44% of children in Dorchester do not attend their nearest school. We're working with schools to help increase the take up of places by local children and to get children walking and cycling to school. Schools are also supported throughout the year with events such as International walk to school month.

Cycle parking

Cyclists can lock-up their bikes in a new secure shelter at Westham Bridge, Weymouth. Plans for the new compound were drawn-up after a temporary one, installed during the Olympics, was a success.

The idea for the shelter came from Anne Neale and Ken Reid of the Dorset Cyclist's Network (DCN) and Cyclists Touring Club (CTC), who applied for an LSTF community grants.

Funds were used to improve sustainable transport, support economic growth and reduce transport emissions of carbon.

LSTF background

Following a successful bid to the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), in July 2012 the Department for Transport confirmed the award of £2.409m to the "Weymouth - Dorchester Corridor" (including Portland) for the period 2012-2016. This is a great opportunity to improve sustainable transport in the area, supporting economic growth and reducing transport emissions of carbon.

LSTF measures

Measures that has already been delivered include:

  • £1.02m investment in the Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester walking and cycling network
  • £335k for Personalised Travel Planning including practical travel information, maps and upgrade of the traveldorset.org web travel information resource including apps
  • £280k towards Variable Messaging Signage and Car Parking Guidance in Dorchester
  • £147k investment in Dorchester's public transport network including improving interchange at Dorchester South
  • £148k for marketing of sustainable transport in the area
  • £100k for a Bike It Officer working exclusively in schools within Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester
  • £78k towards working with Sustrans to deliver sustainable transport in the area
  • £60k for community led sustainable travel initiatives
  • £53k for tourist and visitor travel planning to encourage visitors to enjoy our area by public transport, walking and cycling when on holiday
  • £51k to provide three electric vehicles in the local authority fleet and install a 32amp electric charging point in Dorchester for LA and public use 
  • £50k for a business commuter club to support businesses to manage their travel needs including grants for cycle parking and other sustainable modes
  • £34k to upgrade Dorset Flexicars Dorchester Car Club and expand into Weymouth
  • £30k for the purchase of three car club vehicles 
  • £25k to work with schools
  • £2k for electric vehicle and charge point operational costs

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