Plan aims to reduce pollution in Hampshire parkland

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STEPS are being taken to reduce the impact of traffic and vehicle pollution in a national park.

Hampshire County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority are proposing to set up an agreement to take forward a programme of congestion-busting measures.

Funded by a share of a £3.8m grant from the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, the programme aims lower carbon emissions.

The New Forest National Park Authority would also be included in the scheme.

Councillor Mel Kendal, who is in charge of environment and transport in Hampshire, said: ‘The programme aims to reduce the number of vehicles travelling in the National Park areas as well as encouraging more people to use public transport. Hopefully, people will get more out of their visit by walking or cycling around these unique and beautiful areas of countryside.

‘As part of this work, we also want to identify new and innovative ways of reducing the impact of traffic on narrow, rural routes across the New Forest and South Downs areas, so we will be looking at potential sites under this transport objective and working to seek and explore local views.’

Among the measures will be construction of parts of a new cycleway between Petersfield Station and Queen Elizabeth Country Park.