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Question and reply from West of England partnership re emissions

 

 Statement from Cllr Charlie Bolton

The 'West of England Joint Transport Study Emerging Transport Vision' states in table 4.1 (page 35) that

In 2011

529,000 trips

60% of journeys by car/van driver (317,400 trips)

5% of journeys by car/van passenger (26,450

trips)

Total trips 343,850 8,33%

In 2036

673,000 trips

46% of journeys by car/van driver (309,580 trips)

5% of journeys by car/van passenger (33,650

trips)

Total trips 343,230 10.87%

1. Can you confirm these figures are accurate ie in a 20 year period there will be just 620 fewer trips by car/van either as a driver or passenger?

2. Is the West of England partnership committed to making climate change reductions for vehicle emissions?

3. If so, what targets is it committed to, in particular what target should it be achieving by 2036?

4. If it is not committed to any targets, why not?

5. Do you think these figures come close to meeting any targets?

6. Is there a plan to meet climate change targets, or has the West of England effectively just given up on climate mitigation?

Officer response:

The figures are study forecasts as set out in the `Emerging Transport Vision’ topic paper which supported the recent consultation on the Joint Transport Study. They indicate the extent of future growth in demand to travel, informed by Department for Transport guidance on traffic growth forecasts. The figures therefore highlight the impact of the Transport Vision through a significant mode shift towards sustainable transport modes achieved by the investment

packages against the backdrop of this growth, whilst restricting overall car trips to below current levels.

The four West of England councils are clearly committed to achieving significant reductions in carbon emissions from the transport sector as indicated in the existing target up to 2020 set out in the Joint Local Transport Plan (JLTP). The final report to the Joint Transport Study, to be produced from Spring 2017, is expected to include a forecast of the further reduction in carbon emissions by 2036, as a result of the schemes and packages in the transport vision as well as expected further improvements to vehicle emissions and fuel economy. The recommendations in the final report including such forecasts will then be considered for inclusion in an updated JLTP for completion by the end of 2017, and will help inform updated targets in the JLTP including a carbon emissions target.

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