The transport sector is currently the number one contributor to the UK’s greenhouse gas
emissions and little progress has been made over the past three decades in reducing emissions. 22% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions are due to transport with cars contributing 60% of this total. The government is also predicting a 51% increase in traffic in England and Wales by 2050 with 10million extra cars on the road. The wider social costs of congestion, accidents etc. will be major.
The increasing evidence of Climate Change requires for urgent action to address. This creates a once in a generation opportunity to put in place a new approach to how we all travel.
The Institute for Public Policy Research has produced a report ‘All Aboard’ proposing how we could decarbonsies how people travel. The IPPR outlines a vision for a transport system that is fair to all, works to improve people’s health and wellbeing and provides a better environment for nature.
The report highlights that policymakers’ current preferred strategy for decarbonising
transport places an overwhelming focus on the shift to electric vehicles. The report argues that this approach doesn’t deliver the improvements in quality of life of an alternative strategy which prioritises the needs and wellbeing of all people.
Creating more liveable streets and neighbourhoods, alongside the shift to electric vehicles, is essential to realising the economic, environmental and social benefits of a transformed transport system. These benefits include reclaiming space for nature, improved health through improvements in air quality, and the economic benefits of lower congestion.
Help us make Guildford better
We want our town to be vibrant, attractive and liveable. We support development that brings a sense of place and enhances the best aspects of our town. If such aims can be embraced, we believe Guildford has the chance to lead the way in enabling sensitive and sustainable development.
Pressures for development are increasing. Planning rules are being eased. The Society’s commitment to standing up for Guildford is needed more than ever.
Getting involved allows the society to continue its work. We welcome new members, from every age and background. Membership provides an opportunity for you to contribute to the continued health of the town and surrounding area, and to meet other people who care about Guildford.