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2023 Transport review – Part 3

Autumn of 2023 In this final part of our review of the year, we focus on the final months of 2023. Read part one of our review here and part two here. Part 3: September to December 2023 September 2023 A default 20mph speed limit on restricted roads was introduced...
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Transport review 2023 – Part 2

The Summer of 2023 We look back at the summer of 2023 in this second of our three part review of the year. Missed part one? You can read about what happened in the first four months of 2023 here. Part 2: May to August 2023 May 2023 The Road...
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Our transport review of 2023

2023: What a year!  In years to come, 2023 will be remembered as the year of missed opportunities, when healthier travel choices were bypassed for more roads. With more people cycling and walking during the pandemic, this was the perfect time to lock in that improvement. Instead the Government opted...
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The Journey to 20mph in Wales

A Brief Look at the History and Development of 20mph Speed Limits in Wales In September, Wales made a bold step towards a safer and more sustainable future by becoming the first nation in the UK to introduce a default 20mph speed limit in residential areas. This marked a significant...
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Healthy Travel Choices Can Improve Road Safety

Healthy travel choices for all means everyone has options in how they travel for different journeys. It does not mean being forced to travel in a particular way. Taking this approach would benefit everyone. For people who walk, wheel, cycle and use public transport (or those who want to) for...
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Planning wrongly attacked for road delays

Once again, the Secretary of State has delayed his decision on granting planning permission for a major road scheme, this time the £1.5 billion A66 Northern Trans Pennine. He has said he will decide by 7 March 2024, pushing it closer to the general election next year. Transport Action Network...
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TAN vindicated on inadequate roads policy

In the aftermath of Rishi Sunak’s cancellation of HS2 north of Birmingham, there’s a lot of change and uncertainty. While the Department for Transport (DfT) tries to make sense of this, three important reports were published. 1. National Infrastructure Assessment The first was the Second National Infrastructure Assessment, published by...
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Network North: The Great Train Robbery

Investment in transport impacts us all, yet doesn’t often hit the political headlines. All that changed during the Conservative Party conference. However, rather than thinking about the long term, as they claim to, the Government has tried to create political divisions, scrapped HS2, and diverted money from public transport into...
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Plan for drivers has little substance

The Conservatives have clearly decided to make transport the latest front in the culture wars with ‘The plan for drivers’ announced at their party conference in Manchester. Looking behind the headlines however, while there are a few genuinely new initiatives, most involve extending the scope of existing promises, not delivering...
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UK’s climate action driven off course

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s much leaked speech claimed the UK will take a more ‘pragmatic’ approach to climate change and getting to net zero. Yet, his speech failed to recognise that the UK is already off course and the latest proposals will make things worse. Just six months ago, the...
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Don’t declare war on public health

The news that Labour has apparently scrapped its commitment to roll out clean air zones across the country is worrying if true. According to the Royal College of Physicians, air pollution is responsible for around 40,000 premature deaths and costs the UK over £20bn every year. It has been linked...
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Transport in the headlights

Hardly a week goes by without there being some momentous story involving transport. As with most things at present, evidence or rationality often plays little part in the debate. This is despite many of these issues having far reaching consequences affecting public health, inequalities and often involving vast sums of...
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Government’s failings driven home

After years of (too) subtle hints about the Government’s road building programme, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has strongly recommended a Welsh-style roads review for England. Its 2023 annual progress report to parliament was pretty damning, but especially so on transport. It tore into the lie that we can decarbonise...
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Why we’re challenging walking and cycling cuts

In March, ministers tried to sneak out a cut of two-thirds of England’s dedicated funding for walking, wheeling and cycling, under the headlines of a record investment in infrastructure and delays to the roads programme and HS2. This prompted a huge outcry from walking, cycling, disability and environmental organisations. They...
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Creating a genuine national transport policy

Despite claiming to lead on the climate and nature emergencies, the Government wants to continue the “largest ever” road-building programme, as it boasted in 2020. As we warned in The Guardian recently this “Road-building spree will derail UK’s net zero targets”. It will also harm nature and local communities, while...
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