Don’t super-size transport schemes says CTC

Don’t super-size transport schemes says CTC

CTC has joined an alliance of environmental groups to publish a report that examines why small-scale measures to improve local transport are so often overlooked in favour of big infrastructure projects in the appraisal of transport schemes.

The report, Valuing the small: Counting the benefits, asks why the Government’s recommended appraisal methodology regularly undermines measures like safe routes to schools, 20mph zones and initiatives to improve cycling; it recommends that all proposals should be made to answer the simple question – will this increase or reduce our dependency on the car?

8th October: CTC has joined an alliance of environmental groups to publish a report that examines why small-scale measures to improve local transport are so often overlooked in favour of big infrastructure projects in the appraisal of transport schemes. The report, Valuing the small: Counting the benefits, asks why the Government’s recommended appraisal methodology regularly undermines measures like safe routes to schools, 20mph zones and initiatives to improve cycling; it recommends that all proposals should be made to answer the simple question – will this increase or reduce our dependency on the car? Roger Geffen, CTC’s Campaigns and Policy Manager, said: “The tendency to ‘super-size’s transport schemes by opting for the largest, most expensive projects leads to highly effective, but smaller value-for-money measures being overlooked. For example, research shows that cycle training encourages people to make over twice as many trips by bike and to cycle all year round – all for a relatively modest amount of investment.”
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