Green travel stuck in a jam?

Government and local councils in England are failing to take value-for-money steps proven to cut traffic and carbon emissions. This is according to a report from Friends of the Earth […]

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By Tom Gibson

Government and local councils in England are failing to take value-for-money steps proven to cut traffic and carbon emissions. This is according to a report from Friends of the Earth and Sustrans.

The two charities say that to reduce traffic and carbon emissions from transport, councils need to increase their spending on greener travel and the Government should act tougher by putting a duty on them to produce low-carbon strategies.

Richard Dyer, Friends of the Earth’s transport campaigner, said: “Despite rising petrol prices and ongoing congestion problems, local councils are failing to deliver schemes proven to get more people out of cars and onto cleaner and healthier forms of transport.

The report, written by built environment consultancy Halcrow, shows that a small amount of the £6 billion allocated to councils for Local Transport Plans is being spent on sustainable travel.

Jason Torrance, Sustrans Policy Manager, said budgets had to be spent more cost effectively: “A greater proportion of existing budgets needs to be spent on enabling people to make smarter travel choices if carbon reduction targets are to be met and people’s quality of live is to be improved.”