This report explores the relationship between sustainable transport and housing, and the corresponding impacts on the economy and society. This work was funded by Greener Journeys in partnership with the Department for Transport and independently undertaken by KPMG.
This report examines the Government’s plans to tackle poor air quality. The key conclusion is that while it is essential to clean up diesel vehicles, it is also crucial that congestion and the continual decline in urban traffic speeds across the UK is tackled.
The Government will announce its new clean air strategy imminently. In response to the successful High Court challenge it will be tougher and geographically more comprehensive than previous policies. This is justified. The evidence is compelling about the harm to people’s health and premature deaths from NOx emissions.
The first report in this series – The Journey of the Green Bus – explained how the evolution that has taken place over the last 10-20 years has resulted in the introduction of greener, cleaner buses in the UK which are helping deliver on climate and air quality objectives.
Building successful and sustainable communities requires the pursuit of policies attuned to economic, social and environmental objectives. This is especially true for transport policy and investment decisions which require a balanced approach to delivering economic prosperity, supporting social inclusion and protecting the natural environment.
The first order effects of better bus services emerge through improvements in travel times, reliability, comfort or fares. The research question explored in this work is: Is there a link between bus accessibility and social outcomes?