Welcome to the Sustainable and Active Transport Report: Putting the Green New Deal Into Action. This report, authored by independent consultants Alistair Kirkbride and Lisa Hopkinson, follows up on the Green New Deal in the North West report that we published in October last year and goes into more detail about the challenges and mechanisms for transforming our public transport system in the region.
The climate emergency requires radical intervention in our transport network. Transport is the only sector which has not yet seen a reduction in carbon emissions in the UK, and it has now overtaken energy as our biggest emitter.
But what does a sustainable transport system look like, how do we get there, and what does it mean at the local level?
Gina Dowding MEP and a range of transport experts will launch this report on Friday 24 January in Lancaster, to discover what sustainable transport systems could look like in different communities across the North West, where the power lies for making decisions about roads, buses, trains and cycleways within the region, and how transport fits into the wider Green New Deal.
This report is the first detailed regional application of policy and intervention ideas set out by the think tank Transport for Quality of Life, which launched a suite of national recommendations for the UK alongside Friends of the Earth in 2019.
- The necessary interventions that are needed to cut carbon emissions from North West transport in terms of demand management, active travel, public transport and transport integration
- The quick wins and immediate priorities that can be achieved with existing powers in local authorities and regional transport bodies
- The legislative and regulatory changes needed at a national level to unlock other necessary improvements
- The wider societal benefits of sustainable transport to equality, health, wellbeing and jobs
- Good examples of what is already being done in the North West
- Why electric cars are only a small part of the equation
You can download the report here.