Travel and transport

Travel and transport are a large source of carbon emissions in Leicester. These emissions come from petrol, diesel and LPG vehicles which use fossil fuels. Leicester’s population is expected to keep growing, which will mean more people will need to travel to work and to use facilities.

Why the contribution is important

To significantly reduce carbon emissions in Leicester from travel and transport:

  • A much greater share of journeys will need to be made by walking, cycling and public transport. Improvements will need to continue to be made to Leicester’s walking and cycling routes, and public transport.
  • Journeys that can’t be taken by walking, cycling or public transport will need to be made by ultra-low emission vehicles. These will mainly be electric vehicles.
  • Electric charging-points will need to be widely available across the city.  More solar panels will help provide some of the electricity needed.
  • Alternative travel and transport services, such as ride-sharing, electric car clubs and e-bike sharing could be used more instead of private car journeys.

by Paul_LeicesterCC on November 17, 2019 at 02:31PM

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  • Posted by DavidWA01 December 17, 2019 at 12:05

    As on-line shopping has grown massively in recent years so has the 'white van' delivery industry. But also, traditional freight trips account for a large share of travel. I believe the environmental harm of both of these could be reduced by local 'consolidation' centres where loads can be transferred to ULEV vehicles for their 'last mile' delivery. This would avoid the need for freight vehicles to spend time on the most fuel-inefficient parts of their journeys.
  • Posted by Kalpana December 18, 2019 at 15:43

    My suggestion to consider is on travel to school. Air pollution significantly impacts people health as well as contribute to the climate emergency. I live in an area where there is 6 schools with walking distance from my house less then 1/2 mile. Most parents drop their children off by car. This is a significant change from year before where only a few children were dropped off by car.

    To try and improve the air quality and reduce the pollution in the air and help improves everyone general health and wellbeing I would like the pilot which was piloted at a local school. Children are encourage to either walk or cycle or catch a bus to school. Any children who are dropped off to school have to be dropped off 1 mile away or more from school not directly next to the school. For example the boundary to drop off is outside the Evington village boundary. Giving children the opportunity to walk 5 to 10 minutes every morning will help towards their physical activity target.
    If all schools adopt this policy it should help dramatically improve air quality, reduce the pollution and help children get more active.

  • Posted by BTafat January 09, 2020 at 15:42

    Consideration should be given to reducing the cost of bus travel as it is significantly cheaper for us to drive to and park in Leicester than to get the bus from where we live in Oadby. We have a good regular bus service however I rarely use it due to the cost. A single ticket costs £3 and when travelling as a family the cheapest option is £9 with a family saver so even with the cost of parking taken into account it is still cheaper to drive than take the bus. In contrast in London it costs only £1.50 for any number of bus journeys taken within an hour and children travel free up to the age of 10 whereas in Leicester children need to pay from age 5. I also notice that often the buses are only partially full at off peak times so suggest consideration is given to a cheaper rate during off peak times as this would encourage more people to use the buses at these times to reduce the number of cars on the roads.
  • Posted by Muna January 21, 2020 at 14:50

    Why not install more kerb side charging points in order to increase the use of electric vehicles.
    This will reduce the high pollution we gave in Leicester.
  • Posted by Jen51 January 28, 2020 at 13:05

    Combine one ticket so it is valid FOR ALL bus companies. I have to commute from the North East side of Leicestershire and I have to cut through residential streets in order to work. It is not convenient for me financially to buy two bus passes per week (works out to be over £120 per month).

    Can we please have a "smart" card akin to the Oystercard in London
  • Posted by AidanD_LeicesterCC January 30, 2020 at 16:50

    Thank you all for these comments, some interesting ideas, and we'll make sure to take them all into consideration.
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