The Urban Mobility Partnership Respond to the Government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan

The Urban Mobility Partnerships Responds to the Government's Transport Decarbonisation Plan

UMP is pleased to see the Government make clear progress in a number of areas and look forward to seeing these commitments backed up by concrete funding.

There are welcome developments throughout the Government’s plan such as the clear commitment to car sharing, in particular car club, models and reducing single-occupancy private car use. We also support the forward-looking measures in the plan such as delivering a framework for Mobility as a Service solutions through a MaaS code of practice, the commitment to producing a Commute Zero programme, supporting Local Authorities in delivering shared mobility solutions and developing a communications campaign that will encourage consumers to make modal shifts.

However, the government must build upon its commitments around shared mobility to include developing a plan for the implementation of more bike share schemes across UK towns and cities. The government continually discusses the importance of active travel but, without a clear plan for bike sharing schemes, it will fail to respond to the difficulties many consumers face in accessing cycle travel. Bike share has a vital role to play in supporting modal shifts and is also crucial in delivering last-mile solutions within multi-modal journeys.

Similarly, the plan lacks measures around road infrastructure that can support overall efforts to deliver modal shifts. There are few commitments to delivering road priority measures for buses and shared mobility in the plan and it fails to deliver traffic management schemes that further reduce pollution and congestion in the short to medium term.

We acknowledge the importance placed on transitioning to electric vehicles (EVs) within the decarbonisation plan and the other policy papers released yesterday. The Government is on the right lines with this plan, however, just switching to electric vehicles will not deliver the change in our transport system that we need. Modal shifts away from single-occupancy private car use are what is needed to deliver vibrant towns and cities across the UK, where consumers can move around sustainably. Transitioning to EVs by 2035 alone will not address short term issues and other fundamental challenges and there is still work to be done in this area.

We look forward to continuing to work with government as it makes progress on these plans and recommend that they fast track measures to drive modal shifts in the short to medium term.

In response to the publication of the Government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan, Chair of the Urban Mobility Partnership, James Lancaster said:

“We welcome the Government’s ambitious plans outlined the Transport Decarbonisation Plan and welcome the strong commitments to encourage modal shift. We particularly welcome the recognition that all modes have a role to play in our future transport systems and in order to decarbonise the transport sector different modes must work together to develop solutions.

We are delighted that the government has recognised that a multi-modal approach will be required to reach our net zero goals, with public transport and active travel supported by shared car use, car clubs and daily rental, as well as  micromobility solutions as we move into a new era.”

The release of today’s strategy presents the opportunity to have a transformative impact on the way we move around and the government’s focus on multi-modal solutions and we commend the government in taking an approach that is open to all technologies and modes.

The Government’s commitment to supporting transport providers in the development of communications campaigns is particularly vital at this time in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and it is vital that we work to maintain the growth of active travel but also see campaigns which encourage the uptake of public and shared transport solutions at a time when consumers will inevitably be hesitant. We encourage the Government to bring this forward with speed and to work with multi-modal partnerships which can deliver these vital messages.”