SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT AND MOVEMENT
Cars are essential for many people in rural areas, but to address the challenges of congestion and climate change, movement must be managed by optimising the provision of public transport, and encouraging walking and cycling, so as to reduce car journeys.
More than two thirds of respondents to Chapel Vision’s survey called for improvements to public transport, especially with regard to the availability of more destinations by bus from Chapel-en-le-Frith and improved links to the railway station. Particular attention to facilities for walking around the town and villages is necessary to encourage non-car movements and to link in with the Parish’s access to an exceptional footpath network and promote tourism.
The promotion of sustainable travel is also important in relieving congestion and parking problems identified in the residents’ survey. About half of the respondents believed that congestion is a problem, particularly on Market Street. Similarly, half agreed that parking is a problem, with Market Street and the Market Place accounting for the majority of responses.
Through its approach to sustainable transport, the Plan aims to:
- Support safe, integrated and efficient transport;
- Promote new development that supports sustainable travel and reduces reliance on car use;
- Make it easier to walk around the town centre with appropriate crossing points, especially near the Market Place;
- Promote improved, linked walking routes in the town and countryside, with better signposting;
- Extend the Peak Forest Tramway for walking and cycling into the Peak Park;
- Promote a network of safe cycle routes, and links to existing routes, in and around the Parish;
- Promote better integration of bus and train services, with the aim of encouraging more travel to / from work by public transport, and buses serving more destinations;
- Promote improved access and parking at Chapel-en-le-Frith (South) Rail Station;
- Promote better traffic management around the Market Place and historic core of Chapel-en-le-Frith;
- Promote provision of more parking spaces, especially near the Market Place and at Town End, in order to support local businesses and to promote tourism;
- Promote better signposting to local attractions and to car parks;
- Promote additional crossing points on the A6 in Dove Holes.