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National Infrastructure Commissioner calls for further investment in cycling

Joe Robinson
16 Oct 2017

Lord Adonis wants more investment in cycling and walking infrastructure to tackle UK's gridlocked roads

Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, Lord Adonis, has called for the further investment in cycling and walking in a bid to counteract the UK's failing infrastructure.

Arguing that the UK's current infrastructure could hold it back, Adonis suggested that 'cycling and walking infrastructure is vital to tackling urban congestion and promoting healthy growth.'

This coincided with a call for the improvement of public transport services as well as an alternative to the private car industry.

These suggestions came after Adonis warned the Government needed to improve its approach to what he labelled the 'three C's' - congestion, capacity and carbon.

One of the most startling facts that Adonis highlighted in his statement was that the speeds on inner London roads had fallen by nine per cent from 2012 to 2015 with overcrowding on peak London rail services increasing by 45 per cent between 2011 and 2016.

Additonally to his callls for the cooperation of the national government, Adonis also stated that work from local councils and mayors is just as vital.

Lord Adonis's involvement in the conversation regarding cycling infrastructure and safety has been substantial. 

When Transport Secretary in 2009, Adonis helped introduce the 'cycle to work' scheme that allows employees to buy a bike with the cost coming from their monthly salary.

More recently, Adonis has offered his opinion on cycling safety tweeting a question asking whether cyclists should be allowed to use the carriageway if there is a superhighway available.

 

This provoked some backlash from cycling campaigns, but it now looks as though Lord Adonis has the potential to be a force for good when it comes to safer cycling and sustainable transport solutions.

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