About Transport Action Network

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.

If you would like to support our work, please consider donating - here's how to do this.

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Founder & Director

Chris Todd

Chris has been a 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 to better protect 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.

Roads & Climate Campaigner

Rebecca Lush

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.

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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.

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Welsh Roads & Climate Campaigner

Paula Renzel

Paula started campaigning on social and environmental issues in her teenage years in France.

Her passion and determination to act for positive change brought her to study politics in the UK, and get involved early on with grassroots NGOs on issues such as food sustainability, waste & land management.

Since her move to Wales in 2019, she has primarily campaigned on climate justice and sustainable transport, both in paid and unpaid capacities. She has worked in policy and public affairs positions for Ramblers Cymru and Sustrans Cymru, most recently leading on their work on Llwybr Newydd: the new Wales National Transport Strategy and research on transport poverty and inclusivity. In 2020, she co-chaired the political engagement group of XR Cymru and was active in the campaign to close Castle Street in Cardiff to private vehicles.

Communications Officer

Nisha Kotecha

Nisha has worked in digital communications for more than seven years, supporting both businesses and charities to increase awareness of their work.

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In 2014, she created Good News Shared, a platform highlighting uplifting charitable stories from around the world. She has created a guided positivity journal, and is currently co-facilitator of her local Action for Happiness ‘10 Keys to Happier Living’ group.

As someone who has never owned a car and so always relies on public transport, she is interested in ways we can improve our transport systems in the UK. Having previously worked for an older people’s charity, and as a member of the Women’s Institute, she is aware of how crucial bus services are to older people and those living in rural areas.

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