Carlton Reid Jan 16, 2018
Transport for the North says average commute is 15km, but there’s little to nothing about cycling in today’s release of its Strategic Transport Plan.
for the North says average commute is 15km, but there’s little to nothing about cycling in today’s release of its Strategic Transport Plan.
A 98-page report on transport in northern England for the next 30 years has grandiose plans for big-budget trunk roads and new rail links, but it contains almost nothing on either walking or cycling. Transport for the North released its Strategic Transport Plan today, and it’s heavily biased towards cars and trains.
The report reveals that the average northerner has a 30-minute 15km commute yet it still majors on links between cities rather than the travel that takes place within cities. This is largely the organisation’s remit although it’s obvious that any expansion of inter-city capacity will fail if end-journeys are ignored. Active forms of travel are paid scant attention in the report, which now goes out for public consultation.
The 98 pages of the report wax lyrical about big-ticket projects, but there’s little discussion of “last mile” transport solutions or anything other than getting about in trains and cars.
Here’s the one paragraph in which cycling and walking feature but notice there are no actual plans – costed or otherwise – of how levels of active travel could be increased.