EDDC’s Local Plan consultation document on the issues and options contains a whole chapter on promoting sustainable transport. This fleshes out policies: to prioritise walking, cycling and public transport and make provision for charging electric vehicles, whilst reducing reliance on fossil fuelled vehicles.
At the same time CPRE launches an online petition calling for a reliable bus service for every community.
EDDC consultation Chapter 11 – Promoting sustainable transport
Para 11.7 As we develop policy for sustainable transport we will also look at other emerging themes and issues that we may wish to address in our plan. Key issues identified so far include:
1. To look more fully at bus routes and accessibility when planning for new development and consider ways we can promote public transport quality and use.
2. Providing and promoting high quality walking and cycling networks and support cycle parking.
3. Focus development in the most accessible locations where most journeys can be made by walking, cycling and public transport.
4. Protect existing valued services and facilities from being lost to other uses.
5. Require large scale development to provide a mix of uses on site and/or show how a range of different uses can be easily accessed from the development by walking, cycling and public transport.
6. Set walking distances from new homes to a range of identified services (including bus stops) – generally 800m is a comfortable walking distance.31
7. Set targets for new development relating to the proportion of people who will walk, cycle and use public transport.
8. Identify and protect sites and routes which could be critical to widen transport choice.
9. Provide for large scale transport facilities such as public transport projects and roadside services.
10. Recognise the importance of Exeter airport with the expectation of a specific policy for the airport and its future.
11. Consider levels of car parking in new development and the need for electric charging for vehicles, specifically given the proposed ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.
12. Recognise the importance of providing adequate overnight lorry parking facilities.
13. Require cycle racks and electric charging for bicycles.
Respondents are asked: Question 24 – Do you think these are appropriate sustainable transport policy areas to be addressed in a new local plan and are there any other major policy areas that you think we should be addressing?
Meanwhile CPRE launches online petition calling for a reliable bus service for every community
Save rural life – buses for every community
We all have the right to a full, rich life – wherever we live. But without regular bus services, many people in rural communities are being cut off, isolated and left without the means to live an independent life.
The people living in our towns and villages deserve better.
As we start to rebuild, will you join us in calling for a reliable bus service for every community, wherever they live?
This situation isn’t inevitable. It’s the result of decades of underinvestment from successive governments leading to unreliable bus services. But we know it can be done differently.
We must act now if we want to create a truly thriving countryside for all.
More buses means:
- Less traffic and air pollution
- Better access to local green space for everyone
- More spending on our local high streets
- Access to training and jobs for everyone
- A ticket out of loneliness and isolation for our friends and family.
If people across the country speak with one voice, we know politicians will have to listen. With just a few clicks, you can be part of this.