Wales’ new transport plan seeking to cut emissions launched

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Transport currently make up 17% of Wales’ carbon emissions but the Welsh Government has launched draft strategy for the future of transport in Wales, setting out the country’s ambitions for the next 20 years and priorities for the next five years.

The draft strategy, ‘Llwybr Newydd – New Path’, sets out a range of new ambitions to reshape transport in Wales, including a new sustainable transport hierarchy that will help shape investments towards greener transport options.

Ken Skates, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, commented on the plan: “Our public transport system is one of the most important national assets we have.

“It connects people to one another, binds communities together and enables businesses to grow and expand.

“It’s one of the most powerful tools for social justice and inclusive growth that we possess.

“But in 2020 we stand at an important moment in its development.

“Our climate is in crisis, new technology is disrupting the way we think about travel itself and coronavirus is severely testing the financial and economic foundations of public transport models.

“Our new strategy – Llwybr Newydd – sets out a commitment to a major reduction in transport emissions so we our all playing our part in the address the crisis we face.

“It shows how promoting social justice and tackling the climate emergency will be at the heart of our work, particularly in the context of a pandemic which is fundamentally changing the way we live, work and play.

“The shift towards a greener transport system is already underway, with record levels of investment in active travel and public transport.

“Llwybr Newydd is a once in a generation opportunity to reinforce and accelerate that work so that we can make our transport system in Wales genuinely fit for future for generations to come.”

Welsh Government has already outlined its long-term ambition for 30% of the workforce to work from home or remotely, achieved by giving people more choice over how and where they work.

Published as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect daily lives, the strategy recognises that patterns of less commuting and more home working are likely to continue.

The strategy recognises that more local services and more active travel can mean fewer people needing to use their cars daily.

‘Llwybr Newydd’ sets out four long-term ambitions for the transport system in Wales, delivered through a set of five-year priorities.

It also contains nine ‘mini-plans’ for modes and sectors: active travel, rail, bus, roads (including streets and parking), the third sector, taxis and private hire vehicles, freight and logistics, and ports, maritime transport and aviation.

A consultation has been launched for people to have their say on the plans, running until 25 January 2021 on the Welsh government website.