Make the plan area a sustainable transport hub, establishing an integrated set of policies covering cars, buses, bicycles, pedestrians and recreational walkers; for residents and visitors. A set of safe routes for walkers and cyclists that connect the villages to and through the town reducing the dependence on the private car, the promotion of non-fossil fuel modes of transport including electric cycles and cars. Acceptance that private cars are needed over the plan period and that there should be no net loss in parking spaces. Proposing an aspirational policy with respect to buses, traffic calming, virtual footpaths, and speed limits working with key stakeholders.
KWAC T1 Sustainable Transport routes; all new development where appropriate should link to a safe path network that connects the Parishes, and surrounding settlements. Opportunities to improve and extend the existing network will be sought. New and existing footpaths should promote their use as cycle ways. Proposed safe pedestrian and cycle routes include;
- Churchstow to Kingsbridge;
- West Alvington to Kingsbridge;
- Safe pedestrian crossings across the A381 and A379 within the villages that connect to bus stops;
- Off road cycle ways and footpaths including the Primrose Trail and better links to the South West Coast Path.
KWAC T2 Non-fossil fuel vehicle hub; proposals to reduce the dependence on fossil fuelled modes of transport will be supported. In the short-term electric cars, bicycles and buses should be accommodated however other sources of fuel are envisaged in the longer term. A hub is proposed on the Kingsbridge Quayside car park. Facilities will include, parking/ charging bays, spaces for a car club for short term hire, a transfer interchange from bus/bike/car, and an information point.
KWAC T3 Car parking; proposals which generate an increase in on-street car parking will be resisted. No development will be supported within the Parishes that causes the loss in the number of public car parking spaces. Should the spaces be relocated, there should be no reduction in their convenience and proximity to the villages and town centre. New development should ensure there is no increase in on-street car parking and meets the parking standards on site of JLP Policy Dev 29 and supporting SPD.
To assist in the reduction of on street parking a village car park is proposed in Churchstow.
KWAC T4 Traffic calming; sustainable solutions to calm traffic through the villages and town are supported. Measures supported include;
- Reduction of road speeds through West Alvington and Churchstow;
- The introduction of pedestrian crossings in West Alvington, Churchstow and additional crossings in Kingsbridge (Cookworthy Road, Northville Park, Stentiford Hill) and South Hams Hospital);
- Measures to discourage Pump Lane, Churchstow being used as a ‘rat run’;
- Safer pedestrian access by the introduction of virtual footpaths at narrow points in the villages and Kingsbridge to Bowcombe/New Bridge.
A transport aspiration for the plan area
It is an aspiration of the community that sustainable solutions are found to reduce the dependence on the private car and improve the coordination and management of transport through the villages and town. Such measures should be agreed by the Parish and Town Councils working in partnership with South Hams District Council, Devon County Council Highways team and Highways England. The scope should cover;
a) Consider additional bus services and review their frequency and routing to best serve the parishes during the summer and winter and investigating the means to fund these services;
b) Better coordination of timetabling between bus to rail travel at Totnes;
c) Promotion of more community bus services particularly for young people;
d) Measures to reduce personal car use e.g. for school runs and consider the introduction of walking buses;
e) Initiatives to promote car sharing, a car club and the introduction of car and cycle charging points throughout the plan area;
f) Additional restrictions on heavy goods vehicles accessing the town and villages through narrow lanes (with maximum width and weight restrictions)