Alliance of charities and NGOs say we are at a critical juncture with transport and travel

 

 
As lockdown restrictions begin to be eased, with many people starting to travel again, an alliance of charities and NGOs is highlighting the importance of public, community and shared transport, combined with walking and cycling, during the recovery period.

The organisations are underlining that we are at a critical juncture with transport and travel, “with a chance to reset transport priorities, putting people’s communities, health and wellbeing, and our environment, at the forefront”. With efforts underway across Britain to develop space and facilities for walking and cycling, the group is reminding of the importance of linking these improvements with public, community and shared transport connections, to lock-in longer term benefits for all.

Evidence shows that individuals, families and communities across Britain depend on public, community and shared transport, alongside walking and cycling, for their health, wellbeing and prosperity

The organisations say that evidence shows that individuals, families and communities across Britain depend on public, community and shared transport, alongside walking and cycling, for their health, wellbeing and prosperity. A third of people – including many young, marginalised and vulnerable people – don’t have personal access to a car. Reducing private car use is increasingly recognised as fundamental to reducing air pollution and decarbonising for the sake of our climate, with transport now the biggest source of emissions, mostly from cars and vans.

The Department for Transport recently published a report and call for evidence on Decarbonising Transport, with an aspiration to make ‘public transport and active travel… the natural first choice for our daily activities’.

The eight national organisations are Bus Users, Campaign for Better Transport, Community Rail Network, Community Transport Association, Collaborative Mobility UK (CoMoUK), Greener Journeys, Living Streets and Sustrans. They highlighting that:

  • Buses, trains, minibuses, trams, shared mobility hubs, and walking and cycling paths and facilities have continued to be crucial through the pandemic, for moving keyworkers and goods, and keeping us well and connected;
  • While social distancing is posing challenges now for transport operators, moving forward, public, community and shared transport, combined with active travel, will be doubly important;
  • A sustainable, inclusive transport network will enable the UK to reduce private car use and decarbonise transport, to tackle the increasingly urgent climate emergency, and create stronger, healthier, happier communities, with less pollution and more equal access to opportunity.

 
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