The Transportation Service manages the local transport network and has a positive impact on the quality of life for local people by helping to facilitate an efficient and safe movement of people and goods around Poole. In doing so, we also have a direct and high profile impact on Poole as a place.
Much of our work is essential in nature as we deal with the ever-changing transport network, seeking to improve its design in a balanced way for all types of users while supporting public transport operators, providing for wider health, social care, education and voluntary transport needs. Our members of staff also manage the daily operation of the council buildings, the two bridge system and help the council to deliver its investment programme for schools, in particular the Age of Transfer programme. This work is progressed through the Property Service Group to help deliver the developing Asset Management Plan for the council as a whole.
Transportation Services also play an important role for Poole given its statutory responsibility as the Highway Authority. We help develop council Policy, build infrastructure, control the impact of growth in development, attract retail and facilitate local business activity. For example, the new two bridge system and improved access in the central regeneration area of Poole with input into the Revitalising Town Centre Board.
We are also heavily involved in the strategic Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership - running the “Connected Dorset” Theme Group and having input into the Local Strategic Partnership; the Health & Well Being Board; Poole Sustainable Environment Partnership; Older People’s Strategy; Children and Young People’s Plan; Carbon Management Programme Board; Safer Neighbourhood Teams; Customer and Employee First initiatives; Equality Impact Assessment and business continuity and emergency planning activities.
We also promote the sustainable use of transport both for council business, staff journey to work as well as for the wider population of Poole. We base our work on national transport policy, through our active part in the council’s own carbon management to help reduce the local carbon footprint.
We also provide safe and affordable parking for those that work, live, shop, learn and play across Poole. Car parking also generates income for the council and our service in line with financial targets and asset management requirements of the council.
At present we operate from the Civic Centre and Hatch Pond Depot. We also have Parking Services staff based at the Dolphin Centre Multi Storey Car Park.