The London borough of Walthamstow has seen a transformational change in the numbers of people … [+] Carlton Reid England’s Department for Transport (DfT) will not achieve three of its four 2025 objectives for increasing active travel, says a critical report issued today by the National Audit Office (NAO), and progress on the fourth objective is uncertain.
The creation of Active Travel England “should improve the outlook for its longer-term ambitions,” said the NAO report , but after years of stop-start funding, the statutory targets to get more people walking and cycling are “in tatters,” said the CEO of walking and cycling charity Sustrans.
In March, the DfT announced a two-thirds cut to promised capital investment in walking and cycling.
It was very different three years ago . In 2020, the then Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised that England would be threaded with thousands of miles of curb-protected cycleways built to newly-published high standards.
He said the government’s Gear Change plan aimed to “kick off the most radical change to our cities since the arrival of mass motoring.” A cyclist makes a hand gesture to the then London Mayor Boris Johnson as he cycled over Vauxhall … [+] Getty Images MORE FOR YOU New Security Warning Issued For Google’s 1.8 Billion Gmail Users
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