Getting along the coast by boat
The coast of the Dorset AONB is the first natural World Heritage Site in the country – the JurassicCoast is a very special place, a place to be proud of. Increasing traffic already impact heavily on the coast landscape and affects the quality of life of our communities. Congestion, pollution and the hard urbanising features of our rural roads can all have an impact on what makes this unique coast so special. These negative effects are magnified by coastal erosion and sea level rises as car parks and even roads are being lost to the sea.
We want to look into whether small-scale privately operated marine-based transport along the coast, integrated with existing transport modes, could provide a sustainable transport option.
The story so far - dream or reality
In 2009 an initial scoping study looked into how realistic waterborne transport provision could be. As part of this study a small scale survey was undertaken and it was found that 80% of those surveyed would be interested in travelling by boat.
In 2010 a second stage studyexplored the feasibility of 3 pilot routes: 1) Sidmouth, Seaton, Lyme Regis and WestBay. 2) Swanage, Studland, Poole and Bournemouth. 3) Weymouth and Portland. The stage 2 study examines specific issues with developing services for each of the pilot projects.
In 2013 a decision was taken to assess the work undertaken so far to ensure that the findings were sound and to provide a firm evidence base before progressing further. The Jurassic Coast Marine Links Peer Review Evaluation includes an assessment of potential obstacles to further progress and alternative options for jetties. An executive summary is also available.
Sadly in April 2014, both Dorset and Devon County Councils withdrew their support from the project so we are not able to continue further at this time.
For further information about the project, contact Sue Mitchell the Dorset AONB Recreation, Access & Transport Officer.