Hampshire County Council and six partner authorities, including the South Downs NPA, have been successful in securing just over £2million from the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund to promote the use of sustainable travel in the New Forest and South Downs National Parks.
We want to improve the experiences and expectations of people using public and sustainable transport in and around the South Downs National Park. Over the past year this has included launching a new hop-on-hop off Discovery bus ticket, training bus drivers to help visitors find their way round and supporting Community Rail Partnerships to encourage people to take more ownership of their railway stations. This extra year of funding will allow us and our partners to build on these successes.”
– Trevor Beattie, Chief Executive of the South Downs National Park Authority
The additional funding for 2015/16 will deliver a series of new initiatives such as the ‘Share the Road’ and ‘Take the Train’ campaigns, integrated ticketing and WiFi on rural bus services.
This extra funding to encourage more visitors to travel to Hampshire’s unique national parks and leave their cars at home is very welcome. It will mean that visitors from within Hampshire and beyond will have access to good public transport information and options to help them plan their days out to the parks, promoting the local economy while helping to reduce congestion at busy holiday and weekend times.”
– Councillor Seán Woodward, Hampshire County Council
Jason Eade has won an award for his film about why he and his dog love the Sussex Downs. The competition was to mark the two years since the South Downs became a National Park. See his film in full here.
It's two years since the South Downs became a National Park, protecting a huge area of countryside. To mark the occasion, there's been a competition to make short films celebrating the landscape and the winners have been announced.
The winning film, about a young boy and his dog walking on The Downs was made by Jason Eade. Malcolm Shaw has been talking to him about the film.
‘WIth computer games and smart tvs, some youngsters rarely venture out into the countryside. But a new project from Learning through Landscapes and the South Downs National Park Authority will see many leaving their classrooms to explore the South Downs.
Rupert Penry-Jones, star of BBC’s hit series Spooks and Silk and ITV’s Whitechapel, was present today to officially open a new open-air theatre, nestling in the South Downs. The actor lives locally and gave details of the first season of the new Petersfield Shakespeare Festival.