Cabinet to consider carbon cutting county transport plan
23 July 2021
Norfolk’s Cabinet members are set to give their backing to a plan set to drive the county’s transport policy for the next 15 years.
A carbon cutting commitment is central to the transport plan which is set for discussion by Cabinet members next week, Monday 2 August. The plan supports the county council’s pledge to achieve net zero carbon by 2030, which councillors adopted as part of the authority’s Environmental Policy in November 2019.
Cllr Martin Wilby, Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Transport, said: “The ambitious Local Transport Plan has at its heart the aim to support a growing economy, strengthen communities, and crucially, to reduce our impact on the environment. We want to make sure that transport’s impacts are minimised, improve the air quality in our towns and built up areas, and reduce carbon emissions. Giving people a wide range of choices when making journeys for work, education and leisure is vital. These options need to be reliable, particularly for businesses, as this will help to support and grow our local economy as we look to emerge as strongly as possible from the effects of the pandemic. The plan sets out how the county council will seek to make sure that shorter journeys can be made by active travel and meet the Government’s objective for England to be “a great walking and cycling nation”.
Key challenges that the plan seeks to address include carbon reduction and air quality. Rural bus services also feature heavily in the plan as it’s acknowledged that connections to essential services and facilities remain a challenge, particularly in rural areas. To help address this the authority has already committed to an enhanced bus partnership, setting out how the county council will work together with bus operators, and a Bus Service Improvement Plan is in development.
The updated Local Transport Plan will be discussed by Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet when they meet on Monday, 2 August.