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The Sustainable Transport Network’s vision for a carbon neutral transport system


Bristol has set itself an ambitious target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, and significant and urgent changes to the way people move around the city will be essential for this to be realised.

To assist decision-makers and feed into city planning processes including the refresh of the One City Plan, the Sustainable Transport Network came together to identify key objectives if Bristol is to reach this goal and a timeline of actions that would be needed to meet these objectives.

The Sustainable Transport Network is a group of Partnership members that are working or interested in sustainable transport. Its members include representatives from the council, the universities, third sector organisations, campaign and community groups, and consultancies, and hence includes a wide range of expertise.

Following a workshop and feedback from the network’s members, a Vision for a Carbon Neutral Transport System was developed. This contains three key objectives:

  1. At least 40% of all journeys by active travel by 2030
  2. A maximum of 30% of all journeys by car by 2030
  3. At least 20% of all journeys by public transport by 2030

A timeline of actions required to deliver these objectives was developed and three priority actions highlighted.

The document has been fed into the Transport Board, which is responsible for overseeing the Transport elements of the One City Plan, and a submission to the One City Plan refresh.

Whilst we don’t yet know what recommendations will be taken on board, the ambitious nature of the objectives provide a clear demonstration of the urgent action required. In the absence of a Bristol Transport Plan, setting out the activities in a visual way helps to show the interrelationships between the different transport modes, as well as helping to set clear priorities for investment. Collaboration by different parts of the city will be vital if Bristol is to tackle the environmental challenges we face. This work by the Sustainable Transport Network is a great example of people and organisations working together on a shared goal, and highlights what a valuable resource the Partnership is, working to raise the city’s ambitions.

If you have any comments or questions, or would be interested in being part of the Sustainable Transport Network, please get in touch.

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