Laura Sharman 02 November 2020

Councils urged to keep active travel schemes to avoid 'traffic gridlock'

Councils urged to keep active travel schemes to avoid traffic gridlock image

Councils have been forced to scrap emergency active travel schemes due to a small but vocal number of objections, Cycling UK has warned.

The charity said schemes such as pop-up bike lanes and low traffic neighbourhoods have been scrapped due to concerns they were causing congestion.

Duncan Dollimore, head of campaigns at Cycling UK, said: 'To be fair to the Government, they predicted congestion and gridlock could be a major problem if people returning to work after the Covid lockdown switched to using their cars.

'That’s why they announced £250m in emergency funding for councils to implement schemes to make it safer and easier for people to walk and cycle if they wanted to avoid public transport.

'Unfortunately, a vocal minority of people and MPs have taken exception to these schemes, blaming them as the sole cause of congestion.'

The charity highlights a number of transport experts that have warned Britain's could be heading for traffic gridlock once lockdown restrictions begin to lift.

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