Public shares vision for sustainable future of transport in Oxfordshire

A plan for the future of transport in Oxfordshire has received strong public support, following a wide-ranging consultation.

Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet unveiled its draft Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP) last October, which – among its many ambitions – aims to cut car journeys by a quarter by 2030 and reduce them by a third by 2040.

It also plans to increase the number of cycling trips from 600,000 to one million by 2031 and deliver a zero carbon transport network by 2040.

On Tuesday, the council’s cabinet approved the contents of the LTCP for adoption by the county council next month. This included strategies for freight and logistics, active travel, and innovation.

Councillor Duncan Enright, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Travel and Development Strategy, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the people who spared the time to take part in this consultation. More than 1,000 people made the effort and the fact that there was overall support for our vision, key themes, and targets shows that there is understanding of the need to make transport more sustainable.

“We know that this is just the start and that we face considerable challenges along the way. There will be tough decisions around how we use existing road space, but it is healthy to start these conversations and to look at alternatives to single occupancy cars, which can only lead to more congestion and pollution for our county.”

The LTCP is a wide-ranging document with 54 policies, which aim to provide the backbone for the council’s commitment to invest in an inclusive, integrated and sustainable transport network for the county.

It looks at ways of reducing the need to travel and discouraging unnecessary individual private vehicle use through making walking, cycling, public and shared transport the natural first choice.

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