Transport Action Network is a relatively new organisation set up in 2019. However, it is run by two people who between them have over 50 years of campaigning experience.
Our purpose is to help support people and groups press for more sustainable transport in England and Wales. This involves fighting cuts to bus services, particularly in rural areas, and opposing damaging road schemes and large unsustainable developments. That’s why we are challenging the Government’s road building plans.
Please get in touch if you would like some help and guidance (we can’t run your campaign for you unfortunately) or if you would like to network with other like minded people and organisations. All our services are free to local campaigners.
Who we are
Chris has been an active campaigner for over 25 years, in both paid and unpaid roles. He first became active with his local Friends of the Earth group, while working at a recycling co-operative and studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment. His main passion for campaigning has been around planning and transport and in the 1990s he helped coordinate an alliance of groups along the south coast – South Coast Against Roadbuilding (SCAR) – opposing the proposed Folkestone to Honiton trunk road. In 1995 he became involved with campaigning on the South Downs and in 2001 was appointed by the South Downs Campaign, a network of over 160 organisations, to coordinate the campaign for a National Park. The South Downs became a National Park in 2010.
Since then he has held a number of local positions, representing the community and voluntary sector. He chaired the partnership bidding for the area around Brighton to become a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which was successfully achieved in 2014 (the first in the UK for over 40 years). From 2014 – 2019 he was employed by Campaign for Better Transport to support local groups fighting roads and bus cuts.
Rebecca is a life-long environmental campaigner, specialising in transport activism. She became involved when her beloved Twyford Down was bulldozed for the M3 motorway in 1992. She played a leading part in this campaign, and many of the prominent campaigns against roadbuilding in the 1990s, including the Newbury Bypass protest. She attended the first UN COP climate talks in Berlin in 1995, taking part in the first protests about the lack of progress in tackling rising carbon emissions. She established Road Block in 2005, an alliance of community groups against the new roads programme, and in 2007 became the first Roads and Climate Campaigner for Campaign for Better Transport.
She had a brief interlude from 2012 working for Lush managing their charitable giving, but has now returned to her original passion, supporting local communities campaigning on transport issues.
We are primarily funded by the Foundation for Integrated Transport, a charity set up by Dr Simon Norton in 2014 to make transport better for people and the environment.
We Have The Power, an Environmental Trust set up for the purpose of supporting and promoting inspiring ideas, products, businesses and campaigns that will help tackle the Climate & Ecological Crisis, have kindly supported our roads campaign work.
More information about the company can be found here.