In Bristol, several local authorities are currently working to encourage people to take public transport more, rather than their cars. It is estimated that the council are going to be spending nearly £15 million on a project that is going to encourage people to take advantage of public transport networks.
The city council as well as numerous others across the country, are participating in a larger project, which is going to see public transport promoted across the country. It is estimated that around £14 million is going to be spent on marketing in order to encourage businesses, as well as their staff, to switch to commuting on public transport, which is a much more environmentally friendly option.
The budget is also going to include a focus on electric vehicles, with the installation of 100 charging points around the country in order to encourage people to purchase electric cars, rather than petrol varieties. Another part of the scheme is going to be a bus service for young people, which is going to be heavily discounted. Further improvements to bus routes will be made and more 20 mile per hour zones in the city are going to be established in order to discourage people from driving.
Norman Baker, the transport Minister has recently commented, “Although some of these measures might seem a bit extreme, it makes economic sense. It is important that people are forced to use green transport, as the environmental situation in the country needs to be greatly improved. The focus on these new projects is going to bring a great deal of environmental benefits to the city of Bristol, as well as all other cities that are embracing the scheme.”