Transport is a diverse issue that has a fundamental impact on so many other environmental, economic and social issues that it is one that can significantly contribute to sustainable development through careful management. Providing integrated, sustainable modes of transport is one of the greatest challenges facing the UK. Cheshire County Council is at the forefront of promoting transport initiatives to encourage people to think about appropriate means of travel.
Cheshire has a higher than average car ownership which contributes to the levels of increased traffic congestion on our roads. Walking accounts for 25% of all journeys and 80% of all journeys less than one mile. Yet, even over such short distances, journeys are increasingly being made by car. This is not only bad for the environment but may also lead to people exercising less, with adverse affects on the population’s health. Cycling, like walking, is an energy efficient, pollution free and healthy form of transport and it is an ideal alternative to the car, especially for shorter trips.
The school run is a major factor in the level of congestion on our roads at certain times of the day. It is estimated to contribute to 20% of traffic on the roads at 8.30am. There is considerable potential for reducing the number of car journeys and encouraging the use of alternatives to the car, particularly for shorter trips.
Buses have a major role to play to help reduce traffic congestion. In order to make buses more acceptable and to attract new passengers, their frequency and reliability need to improve. Improved passenger comfort, stable fares and readily available travel information are also needed.
In a county such as Cheshire, there are the additional complexities of providing access to services and facilities in rural areas. Since the Rural Bus Grant was introduced in 1998, 29 new rural bus services have been established. Programmes such as the Rural Transport Scheme, Dial A Ride and Rural Bus Challenge are providing ways of dealing with some of these issues.
To support the UK Government Sustainable Development Strategy there is a suite of 68 national sustainable development indicators.
For information on national indicators, visit the governments sustainable development website
In an effort to put the UK’s progress in sustainable development into an international context, and to highlight worldwide trends and challenges, a set of international data has been compiled to complement the 68 national indicators of sustainable development.
For more information on international indicators visit visit the governments sustainable development website
Regional indicators for the Northwest
For each Government Office region a fact sheet has been produced.
The fact sheets include pie charts that summarise the progress in indicators within the priority areas of (a) sustainable consumption and production and natural resources, and (b) sustainable communities.
For more information on regional information visit visit the governments sustainable development website
Cheshire’s Local Transport Plan 2006 – 2011
Cheshire’s Local Transport Plan (LTP) sets out to deliver integrated transport locally in Cheshire. It contains the Council’s proposals for transport in Cheshire for the next five years. Cheshire’s new Provisional Local Transport Plan for the period 2006 to 2011 was published in July 2005.
A Travel Plan is a set of measures that can promote sustainable transport within an organisation, with the main aim of reducing travel by single occupancy vehicles
Safer Routes to School
A scheme to work towards making the environment safer so that children can walk, cycle or use public transport to and from school as opposed to being carried in the car.
Healthy Walking Initiative
WHI aims, through support for ‘walking for health’ schemes all over the country, to improve health and fitness of over a million people, especially those who do little exercise or who live in areas of poor health.
Cheshire Cycling Strategy
This strategy has been produced which sets out the County Council’s approach to cycling policy, drawing together and developing the various policies and initiatives accelerate the development of cycling in the County while ensuring a structured and co-ordinated approach.
National Cycle Network
Sustrans is the co-ordinator of the hugely popular National Cycle Network. Offering over 10,000 miles of walking and cycle routes on traffic-free paths, quiet lanes and traffic-calmed roads, there is now 75% of the UK population living within two miles of a route! The Network is well signed. It connects towns and villages, countryside and coast throughout the UK.
Cheshire County Council (Local Transport Plan, Transport Co-ordination, Safer Routes to Schools)
|Traveline Journey Planner|
|Community Transport Association|
|Cheshire & Warrington Local Access Forum|
|Cyclists Touring Club|
|Department for Transport|
|Commission for Rural Communities (Rural Transport)|
|Government Office North West|
|National Rail Enquiries|
|Healthy Walking Initiative|
|North West Regional Assembly|
|The Ramblers Association|
|Sustrans (National Cycle Network)|