Joint letter to Newcastle and North Tyneside

Dear Mayor Norma Redfearn and Cllr Nick Forbes The previous devolution deal showed strong support for integrated transport in the region, but looked critically weak on active travel. There was no mention at all of the infrastructure investment required to support walking and in particular cycling as part of an integrated sustainable transport solution. We ask that Newcastle and North Tyneside negotiate to secure as part of its devolution deal an ambitious package for walking and cycling, and from this to commit the delivery of a £30 million strategic cycleway programme to be implemented over the next three years. As[…]

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NECA response – transport manifesto

Dear NECA board Dear Cllr Forbes (NECA transport lead) This is a response from newcycling.org. We are a constituted organisation entirely run by volunteers. We formed in 2010 to address social and spatial inequalities in the transport system and lobby for world-class cycling infrastructure for Newcastle and surrounding local transport authorities. We have 1,600 members and respond on behalf of our membership. Key points Mapping a first class cycle network and putting it in policy and implementation plans, agree design standards More and clearer focus on sustainable transport (including an integrated transport system and approach, through regional spatial management, road[…]

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Response to the Strategic Economic Plan consultation

We are severely worried about the very lacking status of sustainable active transport in the strategy. It seems that only major traditional (road) projects are concentrated upon, when the future will be about creating liveable places, towns and cities. This is a landuse planning and a devolved engineering issue. By not acknowledging the ‘crossroads’ we find ourselves on, we are manoeuvring ourselves into a dead end. I refer you to Iain Docherty’s thinkpiece on your website. Section B4 mentions points that would undermine the North East’s ability to grow, and discusses a few points, but misses out transport entirely. The[…]

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