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Transport campaigners welcome new report on health benefits of ‘active travel’

6 July 2016

Campaign for Better Transport responds to the publication of a new Faculty of Public Health report encouraging a shift away from car use in new towns and cities.

The report, Local action to mitigate the health impacts of cars, gives advice to local authorities on how to encourage people to move away from car use and towards using public transport, walking and cycling when planning new towns and cities.

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner said:

“This important report confirms that the case for sustainable transport is stronger than ever.

“When planning any new town or city development local authorities must make adequate provision for public transport, walking and cycling to ensure our already busy roads do not fill up with even more traffic.

“Getting more people out of their cars won't just help improve public health but would help tackle climate change, lower congestion and reduce air pollution.

“Local communities must be liberated from the damaging effects of ever growing traffic levels.”

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For further information please contact:

Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

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Read the Faculty of Public Health report here - Local action to mitigate the health impacts of cars

The Clean Air Act 1956 introduced a number of measures to improve air quality and reduce deaths as a result of air pollution.

Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).