Congestion Charges for Dorset's Drivers?

18 June 2010, 12:15 | Updated: 18 June 2010, 12:31

Drivers across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch could be made to pay a congestion charge under new plans to improve our transport system.

That, along with increased parking charges in the town centre, are two options being considered.

The South East Transport Study could also see more money invested into bus and train services, as well as car sharing schemes and more park and rides.

Rick Clayton, Project Manager for the SE Dorset Transport Study has told HEART:

"At this stage in the study it is essential to consider the full breadth of available options, ranging from relatively small scale measures through to more complex policies.

"It is important to stress that these options are suggested strategies that cover the range of available measures. The final strategy will not necessarily follow just one of these themes and it is more likely that a combination of elements from each will influence the finished policy. The themes have been designed to generate discussion and feedback, and we hope that many of the people living and working in Dorset will take this opportunity to study the plans and have their say."

The options are available to view and comment on at: and leaflet and questionnaires will be available in libraries, council and tourism offices across South East Dorset, including Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Wimborne and Ringwood.

The closing date for this stage of the consultation is Friday 30 July 2010.

You can also tell the HEART news team what you think about the plans by emailing