Weather forces Dorset transport improvement

Transport businesses in Dorset are preparing for improvements after unprecedented losses due to a winter of severe weather.

The disruption to rail and road connections have cost businesses in the South West more than £165m, according to a recent report.

The study, conducted by South West Chamber of Commerce last month, states that over 350 businesses in the South West have took part and 65% had problems due to flooding and snow in November and December 2012.

Peter Scott, Chief Executive of the Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said: “When our roads freeze up or flood here in Dorset, or when we have the wrong kind of snow, supply chains are disrupted and it causes employers and their workforces serious inconvenience.

“I’m pleased to say that Dorset’s transport bottlenecks are being addressed by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, among others, to help reduce the impact of the disruption to business.

“Next to tackle will be further improvements to the transverse links, and those leading out of the county.”

Julie Munson, Media and Communications Officer from Bournemouth Council, said: “The council’s recent plan of Three Town Travel Plan is one of the council’s plans to improve the transportation system in Bournemouth.”

The Three Town Travel plan that launched this January will make improvements to a range of travel options across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

Councillor Peter Finney, Dorset County Council’s portfolio holder for transport said:  “The Three Towns Travel is about improving people’s journeys in the future.  Residents, visitors and commuters will see an improved bus service, additional cycle facilities, as well as improved pedestrian areas.”

Recently, South West Chamber of Commerce also announced lobbying for investment in South West transportation as its first priority.


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