New UK housing dominated by roads – Friends of the Earth reaction

If the Government is serious about tackling the climate emergency, it must help people to use their cars less
  Published:  21 Jan 2020    |      1 minute read

Friends of the Earth is calling on the government to do more to encourage people out of their cars following a BBC report today that says new UK housing developments are dominated by roads.

According to a Department for Transport survey, 76% agreed that "for the sake of the environment, everyone should reduce how much they use their cars". In 2017 63% agreed with the statement.

Craig Bennett, Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth, said:

“This is a big shift in public opinion and shows that the public is way ahead of politicians on this issue.

“Transport is the one sector of the UK economy where carbon emissions are still growing, which is unforgivable, because it should be one of the easiest sectors to decarbonise.

“People clearly want to use their cars less, but successive governments have completely failed to invest properly in local infrastructure to promote safe walking and cycling, or reliable local buses and trains.

“And now Chancellor Sajid Javid is planning to waste £25bn on big new polluting road schemes which will carve through communities and wildlife sites and take us in precisely the wrong direction.

“If the Government is serious about tackling the climate emergency, it needs to listen to what people are telling them; help us use the car less.”