CPRE's response welcomes the continued commitment to increase road safety but highlights the need to tackle the intimidation by traffic of walkers and cyclists, while showing that increasing road safety can help tackle issues like climate change and obesity.
Transport for London's analysis of the potential for more cycling was flawed and a new approach to planning for cycling is needed, integrating wider land use and transport issues. London should aim for much higher cycling levels, in particular in outer London where cycling levels have dropped. A big shift to more cycling would not just reduce pressures to build new roads and spaces for car parking, it could help reconnect Londoners' to the surrounding countryside.
Lessons for the future from recent road projects
This landmark report was commissioned by the Countryside Agency and CPRE to investigate what happens to road schemes once they have been built. Key findings showed that new roads - including bypasses - fail to tackle congestion, actively increasing traffic levels and pressure for related development, while harming landscape character and tranquillity.
Following CPRE's successful campaigning, local authorities are able to designate country lanes as 'Quiet Lanes' in rural areas, under the Transport Act 2000. This accessible and informative guide will explain what Quiet Lanes are, their benefits and, step-by-step, how to promote them in your area.
A response by CPRE to the Department for Transport consultation
This response explores how increased levels of smart and integrating ticketing can be rolled out across rural areas, incorporating existing best practice such as 'demand responsive' bus services, and facilitating investment small rural operators.
A Response by the Campaign to Protect Rural England to the Department for Transport's Consultation
CPRE believes that there are a number of fundamental problems with the assumptions used to justify the very significant increases in aviation that the Framework seeks to provide for. There is a pressing need for a further fundamental revision of forecasts for aviation, which are likely to mean at most a far lower rate of growth.
A response by Campaign to Protect Rural England to the Department for Transport's consultation
Following the abolition of the regional tier of government, there is clearly a need for ‘larger than local’ planning of strategic transport, as neither the local and national levels of government are suited to deliver this. We strongly support the principle of larger than local transport consortia or bodies to help fill this gap. Beyond that, however, we believe the proposals in this consultation to be fundamentally flawed as they are: geographically of the wrong scale, democratically challenged, lacking a true partnership approach, lacking any strategic basis, able to propose too limited transport options.
Written evidence from the Campaign to Protect Rural England for the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group inquiry
CPRE believes there is just as strong a case to make it easier and safer to cycle in rural as in urban areas. Besides setting out why, this evidence shows how cycling needs to be integrated into different areas of government and policy, from neighbourhood planning via Local Transport Boards to cross-departmental co-ordination within Government.
Why new thinking is needed about High Speed Rail
The debate on High Speed Rail (HSR) offers a once in a generation opportunity to achieve a more countryside friendly transport system. The potential benefits of HSR are not, however, a foregone conclusion. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) therefore supports the principle of HSR but believes the detail, including the context, of proposals such as High Speed 2 (HS2) needs to be carefully planned.
Memorandum of evidence by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to the inquiry by the Transport Committee
This document has been submitted as written evidence to the House of Commons Transport Committee and is now the Committee's property.