Priorities > Transport

Improved low carbon transport choices – flexible working, cycling, walking

Emissions from transport currently account for around 30% of the carbon dioxide emissions in the West Midlands. Despite the progress made, emissions are not being reduced. In addition, the costs to organisations is also notable as time lost to work through congestion is significant. With a few exceptions, large capital transport schemes are unlikely to happen soon. Charges for congestion and workplace car parking is not politically acceptable, and electric cars will help with emissions but not capacity. Therefore we need to make more of our existing transport networks.

Changes in travel behaviour through the adoption of ‘smarter transport choices’ such as flexible working, sophisticated use of different modes of existing transport and active travel through cycling and walking will help drive these changes. In addition, improvements to existing infrastructure into a fully integrated and easy to use low carbon transport system will support these behaviour changes.

As people make smarter travel choices, they are reducing carbon, providing jobs within public transport networks and increasing the attractiveness of an area for new business. Flexible working in terms of time and location help businesses to be more resilient to events such as flooding or riots, and inclusive for staff with family commitments. Active travel helps tackle health issues and contributes to the quality of an area for individuals to live and work in.