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Rural transport

Road passing Downs Villa Farm near Stockton
Road passing Downs Villa Farm near Stockton Philip Halling

We want to see local transport improved so that there is genuine travel choice across England and dependency on car use is reduced.

How we travel and plan transport impacts on the environment and our quality of life. The transport sector currently accounts for the largest share of UK greenhouse gas emissions.

If it isn’t planned properly, the best transport system isn’t much use. If it is planned badly, transport can cause a great deal of damage, especially in the countryside. A lot of rural public transport is far too limited, in areas where people cannot easily cycle and walk to essential services – and where speeding traffic makes the roads dangerous in any case.

To help achieve our vision we are campaigning for a national transport policy of ‘smarter travel first’, which will mean improving sustainable local transport so that road-building becomes the option of last resort.