Thursday, 23 July 2009

Alliance vs The Welsh Assembly Government

Friends of the Earth may be happy with the recent update to Welsh Assembly Government transport policy, and business leaders angry at the recent announcement - worried about the economic impact of a decision to scrap the proposed M4 relief road. Meanwhile Ieuan Wyn Jones will enjoy the break of recess as he tries to juggle the two balls of his brief.

In another part of town, an alliance of Welsh organisations had already called on the Assembly Government to perform a U-turn on transport policy.

  1. BayTrans
  2. Bevan Foundation
  3. British Heart Foundation Cymru
  4. BMA Cymru
  5. Bus Users UK Cymru
  6. Campaign for National Parks
  7. Confederation of Passenger Transport Cymru (CPT)
  8. CTC Cymru
  9. Energy Saving Trust
  10. Passenger Focus
  11. Physical Activity Network for Wales
  12. Railfuture Wales
  13. Severn Tunnel Action Group
  14. Snowdonia Society
  15. Sustrans Cymru
  16. Traveline Cymru
  17. Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA)
  18. WWF Cymru
  19. YHA Cymru
The long-awaited National Transport Plan is put out to consultation and an unprecedented coalition has come together to call for a shift away from road building to fund a bold package of measures to help tackle climate change.

For the first time public transport operators have joined passenger watchdogs, health groups and NGOs to press for greater priority to be given to a range of initiatives that promote green transport.

Lee Waters, Chair of Sustainable Transport Cymru:
We’re fed up of strategies promising greener transport when half the transport budget is tied up in road schemes. From past experience we know this will result in more people driving further and faster.

If we are serious about tackling climate change and creating a healthier Wales, we urgently need a bold shift in transport policy. Projects which cut car use should be given priority.

The Sustainable Transport Cymru coalition has agreed a list of measures which command widespread support to cut car use and reduce carbon emissions:
  • Measures to promote integrated transport, for example, multi-modal ticketing, bus / rail interchanges, Smart Cards and secure cycle parking.

  • A range of ‘Smarter Choices’ measures. For example, Travel planning, Car Clubs, Car sharing, Bus Real Time information systems, Park & Ride, showers and lockers in workplaces.

  • Traffic calming and speed restraint in residential areas to encourage walking and cycling

  • An extensive network of shared paths for walking and cycling (segregated from traffic)

  • Congestion charging allied with extra investment in public transport

  • Parking control (including low parking standards for new developments, charging, use of workplace parking levies, re-development of parking space for more productive uses);

  • An extension of safe routes to schools (for example, by using traffic-calming measures near schools and by creating or improving walking and cycle routes to schools).

  • Reallocation of road space towards sustainable modes of transport

  • An integrated marketing strategy to target information on those who are susceptible to change the way they travel;

  • Demand responsive services, including community transport, to tackle social exclusion in rural areas and other areas of transport poverty.

  • A wide reaching awareness raising campaign educating the public in the techniques involved in more efficient driving, for journeys where sustainable modes of transport are not an option.

These measures to reduce car dependency should be funded by a shift away from road building.

Sustainable Transport Cymru is an alliance of Welsh organisations from the private, public and voluntary sectors. They support efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of travelling and to create an environment where people have access to essential local services without the need to use a car.


senn 24 July 2009 at 20:33  

seems very promising...especially specialised paths for cycling which is a fantastic mode of, inexpensive and health promoting

Anonymous 25 July 2009 at 16:22  

WAGS transport division is in disarray, its an absolute disaster zone, what do you expect.

Anonymous 28 July 2009 at 15:20  

any idea which AM it is who has swine flu? worth a blog post?

Senn the Cartoonist 1 August 2009 at 21:21  

its christine meyer the a.m. who has pig flu

Anonymous 3 August 2009 at 18:31  


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