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The way we plan for new housing doesn’t give public transport a chance

Jenny Raggett
08 June 2018
Jenny Ragget
Jenny Ragget
Building new housing developments on the edge of towns locks in car dependency
Building new housing developments on the edge of towns locks in car dependency

 

In my early days campaigning for sustainable transport I put a huge effort into submitting evidence to local plans in an effort to get public transport more squarely on the map. Finally I realised that my efforts were largely in vain, because local public transport of the quality that I envisaged was desperately under-funded, and because local plans were more or less dominated by a single theme. This was how to accommodate targets for new homes on ‘strategic’ sites. Transport, it...

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