Transport Issues

We’ve pulled together some useful articles and resources on Transport Issues from other organisations.

The Way Forward by The Campaign for Better Transport

Four numbers that show why public transport is vital.

  1. Since 2011, total carbon emissions from cars have reduced by just one per cent.

Electric cars will play a really important part in a green transport future, but they aren’t a silver bullet, not least because so far not many people are buying them. The good news is that trains, buses, coaches and trams can reduce our carbon footprint AND cut congestion – and they’re ready and waiting. (Source: National Audit Office)

2. One double-decker bus can take up to 75 cars off the road.

Good, affordable public transport can reduce traffic, leaving streets safer and the air cleaner. We’re calling on the Government to support and improve public transport, and encourage people to use it again, to avoid slipping into a future of ever-rising car use. (Please email your MP if you haven’t already).

3. Just 0.5% of the UK’s carbon emissions come from rail.

Rail is a great, green way to travel. To help tackle climate change, the Government should reopen disused rail lines, make fares simple and affordable and encourage people back on board. (Source: Office of Rail and Road)

4. A quarter of households in England do not have access to a car.

For low-income households, the figure is even higher at 45 per cent. If public transport dwindles, non-drivers could find themselves cut off from jobs and training, friends and family, shops and doctors’ surgeries. (Source: Department for Transport)

Read real people’s stories about why public transport is important to them. Find out how you can take action.

Local Transport by CPRE

CPRE have been calling for a new rural transport fund for some time to get isolated communities connected.

CPRE research shows that a bus, where is needed, for every village, every hour is possible. They say, “We’ve run the numbers and it’s clear: with the right investment, our towns and villages could have a reliable, frequent and cheap bus service…” Read more.

CPRE have told Government: “we need a reliable bus service for every community.” This year, the countryside charity launched a campaign for a reliable bus service for every community. Read more. Please also consider signing their petition.

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