Norfolk’s carbon cutting transport plan
- By Elaine Bird
- 26 May 2022
A 15-year vision for transport in the county, including investment in cycling, walking and better bus services is being set out.
Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet will be discussing the Local Transport Strategy and Implementation Plan on Monday 6 June.
Cllr Martin Wilby, Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Transport, said: “National data shows that transport is now the biggest emitter of carbon of any sector in the UK, and this plan is key to setting out what we need to do to cut carbon and reduce air pollution from Norfolk’s transport network.
“We are one of only three areas nationally to secure government funding to develop plans for a zero emission zone for Norwich, so I want to see us build on really ambitious cutting edge schemes such as that with a range of projects which benefit both urban and rural residents and businesses.
“Analysis of local and national data, and feedback from local people as part of the recent transport plan consultation, shows the need for both technological and social change to tackle the climate crisis. The plan helps to focus on our goal and the actions we need to take while supporting all communities across the county in these challenging times.”
The creation of the Local Transport Implementation Plan, follows on from the overall vision set out in the Local Transport Strategy for Norfolk 2021-2036, which was adopted at Full Council on 29 November 2021.
A six-week consultation on the implementation plan earlier this year brought 234 responses from individuals and organisations. This feedback, together with other factors such as recent government policy and funding announcements, has helped shape the plan and create a final draft for consideration by councillors. The council will continue to consider all relevant factors and take any action considered necessary in keeping the plan and its implementation up to date.
If approved by Cabinet the Local Transport Plan will be considered by all county councillors when Full Council meets this July. Members of the Infrastructure and Development Select Committee reviewed the plans at their meeting today, Wednesday 25 May, and agreed to recommend that Cabinet approve and recommend that full Council adopt the Local Transport Plan Implementation Plan and Strategy.