It is clear that the ways we travel, and use transport, will not be the same after the coronavirus outbreak as they were before. What we don’t know is which changes will turn out to have been temporary, and which permanent. Flights from European airports are down by 90% from a year ago, for example. But is this a blip? Reports of strong demand for winter flights suggest it might be. There are no comparable figures that suggest how many car journeys the UK should expect in six months or a year’s time. But it is to be hoped that the huge reduction in motor traffic caused by the virus will not be completely reversed. Already, cities including Milan and New York have announced ambitious plans to reconfigure roads in such a way as to make more space for cyclists and pedestrians.
Guardian21st April 2020 read more »
The government’s multi-billion pound road building programme is facing a legal challenge, after the Transport Action Network alleged the plans breach the UK’s climate and air quality obligations. In a move that looks to build on campaigners’ recent success in having the government’s approval of Heathrow’s proposed third runway deemed illegal, the lawyers for the campaign group formally commenced legal proceedings against the Department for Transport yesterday. Echoing the successful argument against the Heathrow approval, they argue that ministers did not adequately take the UK’s net zero emissions target and its commitments under the Paris Agreement into account when approving the £27bn investment programme.
Business Green 23rd April 2020 read more »
Sir David Attenborough says there could be a permanent shift to working from home following the end of the coronavirus lockdown but questions if people will have the “strength of mind” to give up foreign holidays to mitigate climate change. The naturalist and broadcaster is hopeful that people will realise that “you can work very, very well from home, and there is no need to have to endure that terrible journey [to work] packed like sardines in tins going into the middle of the city”.
Independent 22nd April 2020 read more »