Modern transport has transformed our society and economy. It has enabled us to take advantage of a wide range of dispersed opportunities and to keep in contact with family and friends. Advances in road haulage and distribution methods have stimulated economic growth by helping to provide us with unparalleled consumer choices, a 24-hour society and just-in-time deliveries.
At the same time, however, our reliance on the private car and the lorry has led to busier and more congested roads. This, in turn, has resulted in fewer people keeping healthy through walking and cycling, increased concerns with regard to noise and other community aspects, accessibility issues for people who rely on public transport, and environmental impacts such as air pollution and the threat of climate change. So, while transport can be viewed as simply a ‘means to an end’ (just getting us from A to B), in reality it’s a key element of a modern society with impacts on the economy, climate change, people’s health, social exclusion, street scenes and the countryside.
The following report provides comparative analysis of a range of key indicators relating to transport in Wiltshire and is intended as a resource to help identify local priorities at Community Area level. The report shows the scale of local road networks and rates of maintenance, car parking and traffic flow. The data is designed to help communities to understand local issues and to develop community-led work to improve local outcomes.