UK Transport Plan Presents a Radical Future

On 26th March, the Department for Transport quietly published Decarbonising Transport: Setting the Challenge. It presents an unprecedented view of the future of transport in the UK.  To achieve its 'net zero' target by 2050, the government recognises it must act quickly and decisively to deliver policies making walking, cycling and public transport our main means of travel.

It is unclear, as yet, how this will fit with the £27 billion road building program announced by the U.K. government duringthe 11th March budget.

Xavier Brice, chief executive of cycling and walking charity Sustrans, said: "The foreword of this report points to an achievable future where how we move around results in healthier places and happier lives for everyone. We will need to work hard to get there. The report pulls no punches on its current assessment of where we are. Transport is the biggest source of carbon emissions, and private cars cause the lion’s share. Electric vehicles aren’t the solution….”

Although the report has been welcomed by campaigners, it has also been criticised for its weak action against aviation emissions. 

You can read the full report here: