CTC, Sustrans and Campaign for Better Transport have joined with 3 other environmental groups to write to Planning Minister Caroline Flint to raise concerns about the Government’s ‘eco-towns’ proposals.
While supporting the objectives of the ‘Eco-Towns Transport Worksheet’
the group believes that none of the proposed locations would easily
allow for integration into existing public transport networks. They point to the published report Lessons from Cambourne
– a ‘proto-eco town’ which has better than average bus services but no
rail – where 95% of households owned a car, 56% had two or more; and
81% of the working population drove to work. They also point out that a
similar pattern of car dependency has been found in Poundbury. They
urge the Planning Minister to consider the role eco quarters on larger
redevelopment sites could play in raising environmental standards in
existing towns, as has been achieved at Vauban and as has been
suggested for the Thames Gateway.