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August 25, 2023
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Why health should be at the heart of transport

Today, we have submitted a response to the strategic transport objectives inquiry.

Transport plays an vital role in supporting the delivery of many areas of wider Government policy and has important implications for our health. As such, there should be an overarching national transport strategy to lay out the vision for a sustainable transport network.

In our response we have explained that transport, which is a means to an end, not an end in itself, should be focused on the efficient movement of people rather than vehicles. Having access to good transport systems is a key determinant of good health and therefore, if properly managed, is a powerful driver in reducing health inequalities. We would like to see the health and social impacts of transport policy properly calculated and taken into account in all decisions.  In particular, we would like to see active travel prioritised, and a reduction in reliance on motorised vehicles, especially in cities.

Read our consultation response in full
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