An unlikely pioneer has emerged in the battle to encourage greener transport – Darlington, County Durham, in the North East, and it has only been 2 years in the making! The town is well-known for its association with railways; therefore, it is well-placed for continued transport innovation.
Local Authority officers will present Darlington’s third plan on transport to their Cabinet on Thursday this week. The aim of the plan is to get people out of their cars and onto bikes, on foot and public transport for the next 15 years. Darlington is seen as a pivotal point for the region and by focussing on the town and its potential; this could unlock economic growth for the whole region.
Other features of the plan are to increase access for people in isolated geographical areas and the disabled. Value for money is also expected to be a key consideration.
The plans were recently changed as a result of the new Government, in particular to take into account the likelihood of less funding being available to support the plan, meaning a greater focus on value for money.
Councillor David Lyonette commented on the role that transport has to play in promoting economic prosperity and standards of living.