Pembrokeshire County Council is the Highway Authority for all local roads (non-trunk roads) within its administrative area. We are also responsible for supporting public transport and community transport services that are not commercially viable. Transport plays a very important role in our daily lives, its availability and accessibility can influence on where we live, work, socialise and the ability to reach out and interact with friends, family and the wider community. Here at Pembrokeshire County Council we aim to ensure that sustainable access, particularly by public transport, walking and cycling, is available to all.
What is a transport strategy?
A transport strategy signals the future direction of transport and provides the context within with decisions continue to be made. A good public transport strategy brings with it an understanding of the travel needs and aspirations of users and potential users; identifies opportunities and challenges; includes robust objectives; and creates a clear roadmap for how the vision can be delivered. Pembrokeshire County Council, working with the South West Wales Regional Area, is currently working towards developing a Regional Transport Plan that will serve the needs of residents and visitors to our area. It is expected that a Regional Transport Plan will support the aims and objectives outlined in the Llwybr Newydd: The Wales Transport Strategy 2021 (opens in a new tab)
Transport encompasses all infrastructure used to enable movement between places. This includes footpaths, cycle paths, roads, rail, digital information boards, signage and transport services (such as rail, bus, taxis, aviation and maritime transport). The wider system encompasses commercial and third sector transport providers and it is the whole system in total which needs to be considered within a transport strategy.
What is the Local Transport Plan?
Transportation planning is the process of looking at the current state of transportation in the region, designing for future transportation needs, and combining all of that with the elements of budgets, goals and policies. The previous Joint Local Transport Plan for South West Wales (opens in a new tab) (2015-2020) was the statutory policy which determined the strategy and programme for transportation and transport infrastructure within Pembrokeshire. The plan provided a consistent policy across the four councils in South West Wales: Carmarthenshire County Council, City and County of Swansea, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and Pembrokeshire County Council. This plan is in the process of being rewritten.