Traffic volumes in the town of Thun may increase by as much as 25 percent up to 2030. A new, holistic transport concepts sets a total of six targets to be achieved by 2035. One of these is that the additional traffic should be diverted primarily into public transport and pedestrian and cycle traffic, thereby reducing motorised traffic in the town centre and optimising the railway station as an efficient transport hub. The concept, which provides a firm framework for local government, sets out 40 measures to achieve sustainable mobility. For example, expanding the bus station will make the railway station more easily accessible by public transport, while end-to-end cycle routes should encourage people to reach the town by bike, rather than by car.
Commissioned by the Thun planning department, INFRAS worked with B+S AG to draw up a holistic traffic concept for the town. Starting from a comprehensive analysis of the current situation, the project team formulated traffic targets and action areas for the coming 20 years, defined transport networks and their function, and then derived appropriate measures to meet forthcoming challenges. In addition to individual measures for cycle and pedestrian traffic, in particular, the concept also includes entire packages of measures addressing the traffic situation as a whole, such as those relating to the railway station as a transport hub and development focus, and to accident management. It also underscores the practical steps which are the highest priorities for planning work over the next five years.