Bus stop, West Park
Bus stop, West Park

The DfT has started the process of devising a plan to decarbonise transport.

The new document, Decarbonising Transport: Setting the Challenge, accepts that we’ll have to use our cars less, and states that public transport and active travel will become the natural choices for daily activities.

This has been obvious for ages, but it is also regarded as astonishing that a government Minister has recognised it. No doubt that’s partly because government realises that big changes are required, and they won’t be easy to implement.

The document holds out the hope of more money for cycling and walking in the Spending Review later this year. It’s always ‘jam tomorrow’ for active travel, it seems, but possibly this time it could be true.

Individuals, groups and businesses can register for updates, and express interest in taking part in workshops.

There’s a more detailed article on HedgehogCycling. Cycling UK thinks Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps could re-allocate some of the £27bn allocated to main roads by Chancellor Sunak in the recent Budget.

You can read and comment on HDCA’s draft submission on Decarbonising Transport on the forum here.

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