Transport and access to services
ACT assists communities to explore ways to access services. Due to the rural nature of our area this often involves travelling around and beyond the local area.
While ACT does not provide transport or vehicles, we do work with transport providers to explore how they can best meet communities needs.
We support and help develop community transport groups where there is enthusiasm to meet local needs. We assist communities to explore and evidence need and consider ways to meet it.
We also work at local, County and national level to try and influence the planning, provision and means by which people and communities can travel to the services they need.
Sustainable Transport in the Lake District – Presentations and discussion
7th October 2022, 9am – 11am
This event was part of the research that was detailed in the Lake District National Park Management Plan. ACT hosted this event for the Sustainable Transport and Travel Key Outcome Group.
The event was to inform the framing of three research priorities of the LDNPP Management Plan Outcome 5, namely:
- How visitors and residents would like to move [to and] around the park.
- How to address congestion and net zero with respect to transport
- Better awareness of relevant global innovation in the transport and mobility sector, specifically in relation to behaviour change and implementation.
And in doing this, understand more clearly the appetite for change across stakeholder groups and the nature of any changes possible and needed in regard to Lake District access and transport.
The experts presenting at the event were as follows:
- Professor Jillian Anable, Chair of Transport and Energy, Leeds University – scenarios for future access and travel to the Lake District that consider current and emerging understanding of the social trends in how people travel and the imperatives and legal obligations to decarbonise travel.
- James Berresford, Deputy chair of the Peak District National Park – visitor economy & national parks scenarios that balance the need to widen access whilst limiting car-borne journeys, referring to studies on traffic omissions, attitudinal surveys, and plans for recreation hubs and rail and trail connectivity.
- James Blake – CEO of the Youth Hostel Association - future scenarios of access and transport that tackle the current social exclusion linked to car dependency and cost.
- Stephen Joseph – Transport Policy Advisor - scenarios on best practice available in the UK, notably integrated public transport as in Cornwall, moves towards traffic management and charging for car parking Snowdonia, car clubs, DRT, e-bike hire, zero carbon commuting including structured car sharing, and rural hubs. Linking to wider spatial planning and economic development policies, recognising the LDNPA transport will be influenced by activities in the areas around it like West Cumbria
A recording of the event can be seen below:
A summary report and the full report on the "Sustainable Transport in the Lake District" event are available below:
The slides presented are here:
There will be further work on this research with Focus groups, an online survey and street surveys in the spring.
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