Residents are encouraged to respond to the County Council’s Transport Vision 2050 consultation by 14 December 2016.
This is an opportunity to add your voice to that of your Parish Council and the Abbey Flyer Users’ Group (ABFLY) in support of preserving and improving the Abbey Line railway rather than replacing it with a concrete bus lane.
The ‘Vision’ is long-term (i.e. what the County needs by 2050) and mainly positive, but reintroduces the prospect of replacing the Abbey Line with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). This is similar to the scheme presented in the 2015 County Draft Rail Strategy, to which ABFLY rallied considerable opposition, and to which your Parish Council objected.
“Just over one year ago, in summer 2015, over 80% of respondents to another [County] consultation expressed their opposition to such a scheme, and their support for retaining and enhancing the Abbey Line as a rail service. It appears that these views have been roundly ignored in what ABFLY describe as an ‘insult to the democratic process’. ABFLY’s opposition to BRT revolves around five key concerns; environmental impact, passenger comfort and perception, loss of network benefits, reliability and cost.”
To find out more and for information about how to respond to the consultation use the link below to go to ABFLY’s ‘Save the Abbey Line’ page: