Climate crisis: Government unveils ‘unprecedented’ vision of future travel with focus on walking, cycling and public transport. Conservatives will aim to discourage car use in effort to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The document says the government will support the decarbonisation of road vehicles, but ahead of that, it says will come efforts to “support fewer car trips through a coherent, convenient and cost-effective public network, and explore how we might use cars differently in future.” It will also “encourage cycling and walking for short journeys,” and “explore how to best support the behaviour change required”, to put this into practice. In a statement the Campaign for Better Transport said: “In 2019, only just over three per cent of new cars sold were battery-powered or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Meanwhile, transport continues to emit more carbon dioxide than any other sector, its emissions having barely decreased since 1990. “What’s new about this document is that it lays out in unprecedented terms a vision of modal shift, with fewer journeys being made by car and more being made by public transport, on foot and by bike.
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