Policy Scan

Sustrans Policy Scan is a regular summary of key policy thinking, reports, announcements and consultations:

Sustrans says
Sustrans press comments, reports and campaigns relating to policy

Key developments
Relevant government and other organisations’ policy/reports/campaigns

Consultations and inquiries
Sustrans' responses and upcoming consultations

Latest Policy Scan - January 2017 (pdf)

Sustrans says

We’re calling for a Clean Air Act for the 21st century (15/02/17) Sustrans has joined a call for a new Clean Air Act, as part of the Healthy Air Campaign, a coalition of organisations demanding urgent action to improve air quality in the UK. We are calling for a new Clean Air Act reflecting the air quality challenges we face today including the need to help people shift from motorised traffic to walking and cycling for short journeys.

Housing is not just about the numbers (07/02/17) The UK Government’s long-awaited housing white paper: ‘Fixing our broken housing market’ was published putting additional pressure on councils in England to build more homes. Whilst the numbers are important it is equally vital that we build homes in the right places, at the appropriate density, and following good design principles. This can enable new attractive and sustainable communities where travel by foot, bike or public transport is the norm.

We need to take a fresh look at putting a price on road use (19/01/17) Sustrans welcomes the ‘London Stalling’ report, published by the London Assembly Transport Committee, which calls on the Mayor of London to reform the Congestion Charge payment and ultimately replace with it road pricing. The report outlines recommendations for the short- and long-term to ease London’s clogged and crowded roads.

Sustrans criticises taxis in Belfast bus lanes trial (16/02/17) Sustrans has criticised the sudden decision by the Northern Ireland Infrastructure Minister to allow taxis into bus lanes in Belfast. Sustrans has lobbied hard for many years to prevent taxis in bus lanes because they are essential infrastructure for cycling in a city with few segregated cycle lanes. 

Key developments

A world-class future for transport in Greater Manchester (08/02/17) A long-term framework to improve transport across the city region, creating a cleaner, greener, more prosperous Greater Manchester, through better connections and simpler travel has now been finalised. The Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 focuses on creating an integrated, sustainable and co-ordinated transport system where cycling and walking plays an important role as part of the overall transport mix.

Mayor and Commissioner set out vision for getting Londoners active (16/02/17) In the week that London’s first ever full time Walking and Cycling Commissioner starts his new role, Will Norman has joined with the Mayor of London in outlining a long-term vision to help encourage more Londoners to walk and cycle, by making London’s streets healthier, safer and more welcoming. Sadiq Khan’s new blueprint for a healthy London will see increasing physical activity put at the centre of a wide range of GLA and TfL policy, setting out how it could transform the lives of millions of Londoners.

Air pollution crisis ‘plagues’ UK, finds UN human rights expert (31/01/17) The Guardian reports that air pollution is a crisis that “plagues” the UK, particularly children, according to the UN’s special rapporteur on hazardous substances and wastes.  Baskut Tuncak, who was appointed by the UN human rights council said there was an “urgent need for political will by the UK government to make timely, measurable and meaningful interventions”.

European commission issues 'final warning' to UK over air pollution breaches (15/02/17) The Guardian also reports that the European commission has sent a “final warning” to the UK for failing to address repeated breaches of legal air pollution limits in 16 areas including London, Birmingham, Leeds, and Glasgow. The UK is one of five countries served with the warning over persistent breaches of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels, which come from sources including factories and vehicles, particularly diesel engines.

Active Lives Survey (26/01/17) Sport England’s new report presents data from the Active Lives Survey for the period mid-November 2015 to mid-November 2016. 200,000 people completed the first round of the survey between November 2015 and November 2016, making it what Sport England claims is the "biggest and most comprehensive survey of its kind.

Government outlines sport strategy progress (14/02/17) The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has released a progress report outlining the work it has done one year on from the release of Sporting Future: A new strategy for an active nation. The strategy presented a radical change of direction in sport policy placing five key outcomes at its heart: physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development and economic development.

Rides of Way: Cycling UK’s Off-Road Report 2017 (16/02/17) Cycling UK publishes its first off-road cycling report giving a unique insight into UK scene.  The report’s findings are based on a survey conducted with off-road advocacy group, OpenMTB, which ran for eight weeks from August to October 2016.


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