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Government endorses new transport toolkit: better local travel, more choice

18 April 2013

With transport now the biggest single cost of living [1], countryside charity launches toolkit to help communities cut the cost of travelling while improving quality of life.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has launched a new website this week that gives people, villages and neighbourhoods greater control over local travel choices. New rules give communities greater powers to influence local transport and planning, while emerging technologies such as electric bikes and map apps mean more opportunities to improve access.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin says: “Transport is something that affects us all and the challenges of getting about are often greater in rural areas. By giving them more choice and new ideas on how to travel around, this new initiative from CPRE will make a real difference to the everyday lives of people across the country.”

In addition to setting out options, CPRE’s transport toolkit showcases best practice from across the country, whether from villages or inner cities, revealing how communities have decided to do things differently to improve where they live and how they get around. Examples include:

  • Electric bikes in Hampshire – an e-bike trial in a hilly village helped lead to a new area wide rental scheme for locals and tourists alike;
  • Local area travel plans in Bedfordshire – better planning seeks to fill gaps in bus and cycle networks in smaller towns and villages;
  • Revitalised high street in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire
  • Sustainable travel initiative in Staveley, Cumbria – village changing habits through car sharing, treasure hunts for kids on walking and cycling routes plus handy timetable summaries to fit on fridge doors;
  • Growing Communities food scheme in Hackney, London – local food pick-up points within walking and cycling distance, reducing food miles by lorry as well as car trips to supermarkets.

Ralph Smyth, Senior Transport Campaigner for CPRE says:

‘With the start of the new financial year, local councils are having to take difficult decisions about transport spending that could make it harder for people to get about. This is happening at a time when transport is already straining many households’ budgets.

‘Our new transport toolkit includes innovative ideas, useful advice and real case studies, showing how you can improve your local travel options and the streets where you live. Don’t just sit back and let things get worse, why not take a look at the website and see if you can make your local travel choices better?’



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