Barnet Council is seeking residents’ views on its long-term transport plans that would cater for the expected growth in the borough’s population over the next 20 years and build on current commuting options.
The council’s Draft Long-Term Transport Strategy 2020-2041 outlines proposals to support population growth through a safe, reliable and convenient travel network that improves air quality and public health.
Councillor Dean Cohen, Chair of the Environment Committee, said: “This transport strategy is aimed at making Barnet a better place to live, work, study, and visit over the next 20 years. We want to make it easier for our residents to get about, particularly given the significant future increase in families and older people in Barnet. The infrastructure we have today will not be fit for the larger population of tomorrow. This family-friendly strategy also sets out how we will help people lead healthier and more active lives and reduce the damaging effects of air pollution.
“We are planning for Barnet’s future, but we want residents’ input so that we can take them on this journey with us. Please give us your feedback on this strategy.”
Barnet is already home to 394,400 residents – more than in any other London borough. This figure is expected to grow to almost 450,000 by 2030, with many more elderly people.
As there is a finite amount of road space in the borough, congestion can only be addressed by reducing reliance on the car. The council is encouraging residents to use more sustainable and active methods of travel such as walking, cycling and public transport.
The strategy sets out plans to improve various methods of transport, with greater travel options made available for residents to help them lead more active lifestyles.
The consultation will run until Friday 24 April 2020 and you can share your views at https://engage.barnet.gov.uk/Draft-Transport-Strategy