Next government 'should listen to transport planners'


Transport planners have published a manifesto for the next government with a five-point plan to improve the transport network.

The Transport Planning Society (TPS) said it is calling on all political parties to incorporate its ‘asks’ into their manifestos ahead of the general election.

The ‘member-led’ TPS Manifesto is based on a survey of members and focuses on five different aspects of transport policy:

1 Introduction of a National Transport Strategy for England that aligns with spatial planning and the devolved nations’ transport strategies

2 Delivery of an integrated, accessible and affordable public transport system across the UK

3 Investment in safe, secure active travel routes

4 Reduced reliance on the car and introduce traffic reduction targets

5 Encouraging a sustainable switch to low-emission vehicles.

TPS chair Ben Plowden said: ‘Our membership survey found that transport planners believe that despite positive progress, stronger transport policies are needed to support regional and local government and industry deliver better transport solutions and ensure we meet our traffic reduction and decarbonisation goals.’

TPS members want the delivery of the target for 50% of urban trips to be on foot or by bike by 2030 to be fully funded

Director of policy Tom van Vuren said: ‘Our survey shows the priorities for transport planners remain clear. We must increase the number of active travel journeys, reducing vehicle kilometres travelled and introduce a National Transport Strategy for England.

‘We hope the views of transport planning professionals are considered and the political parties review our five asks when writing their manifestos.’

The TPS said it asked its membership which three priority measures should be introduced or accelerated by the next government. The three most popular were:

1 fully funding the delivery of the target that 50% of urban trips should be on foot or by bicycle by 2030

2 reducing the absolute volume of road traffic

3 producing a single, integrated UK transport strategy, incorporating the strategies in the devolved administrations.

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