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Vision focuses on transport
THE development of a passenger interchange, a new long-stay car park and the re-opening of the north entrance to the city’s railway station are some of the proposals being put forward by Salisbury Vision’s transport group.
The group met twice in August and reported its findings to a Salisbury Vision meeting held on Thursday.
The first proposal was to support the development of a passenger interchange as part of The Maltings redevelopment, following the announcement of the closure of the city’s bus station.
The group told the meeting that bus and coach operators have shown a willingness to use an interchange, as long as it is easily accessible and near the city centre.
But the interchange wouldn’t necessarily include parking for buses or coaches.
Proposals were also put forward for a long stay car park on part of the old engine shed site between Churchfields Industrial Estate and the trailway station.
The group is hoping the area could also be used to park coaches and as a layover point for buses.
Another proposal was to investigate whether it is possible for Network Rail to reopen the north entrance to the station, which the group says would be particularly useful when the new University Technical College opens.
Salisbury Vision now plans to pass the proposals on to Wiltshire Council.
Councillor Richard Clewer, who chairs the group, said: “This represents the views of a broad spread of people living in the city and therefore I think it gives us a more detailed understanding of what local need is and a better way forward for Wiltshire Council to shape transport policies in the city in the future.”
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