Sustrans comments on Clean Air Strategy

Photo of Manor Powis Roundabout, National Route 76, one of the six Scottish activation projects identified as part of the National Cycle Network Review in 2018. Path users exit from a traffic-free section directly on to a very busy multi-lane roundabout on the A907, east of Stirling. The roundabout is a key barrier for users of the well-known Round the Forth circuit, heading to and from Clackmannanshire.

It is clear we need fewer, not just cleaner, vehicles on our roads to truly tackle poor air quality | Photo credit: Julie Howden, all rights reserved ©2018

14 January 2019

Responding to the publication of the UK Government’s Clean Air Strategy, Xavier Brice, CEO for Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity said:

“Whilst it is important that the Government has a strategy for tackling all forms of air pollution, we are disappointed by the Government’s failure to tackle solutions to reduce emissions from motor vehicles. The Strategy is overly reliant on reactive measures and technological solutions to address poor quality air, leaving other, currently ineffective, pre-existing plans to tackle roadside emissions.

It is clear we need fewer, not just cleaner, vehicles on our roads to truly tackle poor air quality, and while the Strategy acknowledges this it does not provide any new funding or measures aimed at achieving a meaningful shift towards walking and cycling.

We call again on the UK Government to take meaningful action on road transport emissions by investing more into high-quality cycling and walking infrastructure which allows families to cycle and walk to school and amenities with confidence so that it is the most obvious choice for shorter journeys.”

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