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Gary MacDonnell writes about Sustainable Transport

June 1, 2020 10:43 AM

It is inappropriate to describe the public health emergency resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity. But we must recognise that it has transformed the context within which transport operates. We welcome the recent announcements made by the Government and supported by the County Council that seeks to develop a sustainable travel recovery. We welcome the fact that money is being brought forward to allow transport authorities to prioritise sustainable modes of transport. The measures must combine social messaging and physical measures to:

The challenges include:

Traffic levels are currently around 40% of their usual levels on both urban and interurban roads. It is likely that the public will feel safer travelling in their own cars when restrictions are eased, without measures to address the challenges highlighted above.

Unless action is taken, there could be a double whammy of increased traffic and congestion, which could limit the recovery of the bus system and not provide adequate physical distancing space in town centres.

It is important that we continue to enable compliance with government guidance on social distancing to reduce virus transmission. The need for distancing is likely continue well into the future or until other tools become available. As restrictions ease, trips will increase. Journeys both on public transport and by road need to be managed to ensure physical distancing requirements are maintained, safety is enabled on footways to allow pedestrians safe passing. It is preferable to maintain low levels of private motor vehicle traffic in urban areas, so that walking and cycling can continue to be a realistic safe choice for shorter journeys.

Recovery Opportunities

What Can Be Done in Brentwood?

There are a number of measures which can be introduced including:

We hope that Brentwood Council will be able to engage with Essex County Council as the Highway Authority and at a National Level to bring about improvements to the sustainable transport infrastructure in the Borough.