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Surrey launches new greener transport plan

Today marks the start of a three-month consultation on Surrey’s new Transport Plan which includes plans to reduce the 46% of carbon emissions currently generated by transport.

Proposals to 2032 include increasing walking and cycling routes to encourage people out of their cars, providing more charging points and parking for electric vehicles, more bus services, charging for transport use and introducing car clubs, as well as improving internet connections for home-working and redesigning neighbourhoods that enable easier access to local services, lessening the need to travel by car.

Matt Furniss, Cabinet Member for Transport and Infrastructure said, “Our new transport plan sets out our ambitious roadmap for a transport network in Surrey that meets the needs of the future. Crucially this includes proposals to help tackle the climate emergency and become a carbon free county by 2050.

With such a high proportion of harmful emissions coming from transport and their significant impact on our environment, we all need to act. Residents can play their part by relying less on their cars for some journeys.

We know this will be a challenge and we do not expect to eliminate car use, but we hope to make other methods of travel more appealing and accessible for certain journeys, whilst also improving the health and wellbeing of our residents. We have recently invested over £6m to improve footpaths and cycleways for residents and over £5m to improve bus services.”

The consultation survey is available via www.surreycc.gov.uk until 24 October 2021.

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