Climate action: transport

How are we integrating sustainability and resilience into transport plans?

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Clean, connected and in-control: what tomorrow's transport technology could mean for councils

Clean, connected and in-control: what tomorrow’s transport technology could mean for councils 

Councils in charge: making the case for electric charging investment

Councils in charge: making the case for electric charging investment 

Decarbonising transport briefings

These briefings are designed to help councils set goals for reducing carbon emissions from transport and understanding a range of key options available to them to make the rapid progress required.


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Essex County Council at the forefront of establishing sustainable transport school travel design

In 2020, Essex County Council appointed Jacobs and Essex Highways to develop a Sustainable Transport School Travel Design Guide after identifying the need for greater guidance to optimise sustainable design.

Read the full Essex Council Council school travel design guide case study

Charging up Carlisle

Eleven new electric vehicle charge points are now available in Carlisle, as Carlisle City Council works to make the city more accessible for electric vehicle drivers.

Read the full Carlisle Council electrical vehicle case study

Cumbria County Council: Trialling innovative new plastic in roads products

Working with MacRebur and Shell as part of the ADEPT SMART Places Live Labs Programme, Cumbria County Council has introduced ‘plastic’ roads around the county using products which replace some of the bitumen with recycled waste plastic. They are the first in the world to trial MacRebur’s product and the first in Europe to trial Shell’s.

Read the full Cumbria Council plastic roads case study

Swindon Borough Council: Sustainable travel

Swindon Borough Council has developed a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) that has helped secure the creation and maintenance of travel plans for new education, workplace, and residential developments. It obligates developers to fund initiatives through payment of a significant travel plan contribution to the council for it to resource implementation, or payment of a bond which repaid when the developer fulfils their obligations.

Read the full Swindon Council sustainable travel case study

Lancashire County Council: CO2e assessment and reduction in carriageway resurfacing

Lancashire County Council recognised that a planned highway capital surfacing programme was a highly carbon intensive programme of works, so begun a journey to ascertain the carbon output of the surfacing programme, record and measure changes made to reduce it, and develop tools to allow them to integrate carbon usage into the asset lifecycle modelling.

Read the full Lancashire Council carriageway resurfacing case study

Colchester Borough Council: eCargo bike library

Colchester eCargo bike library aims to break down barriers to the use of electric cargo (eCargo) bikes for deliveries instead of cars or vans. The Council got funding for 25 eCargo bikes and five electric trailers. 13 were given to 10 local organisations including Colchester Hospital and a new eCargo bike delivery service. Six are available for short term loans for local organisations, and the rest used by Council staff such as those in Neighbourhood services.

Read the full Colchester Council eCargo bike library case study

Swale Borough Council: New EV Council Fleet

Swale Borough Council will now save more than 30 tonnes of carbon every year with a fleet of nine new electric vehicles.

Read the full Swale Borough Council EV case study

Leicester City Council: Santander Cycles Leicester

Santander Cycles Leicester is a new public ebike share system for the city, owned by Leicester City Council, delivered by Ride On and supported by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Santander UK.

Read the full Leicester Council ebike scheme case study

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea: Emissions-based parking permits

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council moved from a resident parking permit structure with seven price bands to one which is more directly related to the CO2 emissions of the vehicle.

Read the full Kensington and Chelsea Council parking permits case study

Middlesbrough Council: e-scooter trial

Middlesbrough Council was the first area in the UK to allow a trial to enable the use of private rented e-scooters on its highway, following changes in legislation.

Read the full Middlesbrough Council e-scooter trial case study

Bristol City Council: Zero petrol project

Bristol City Council and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust have an innovative programme to reduce the amount of petrol Community Health teams use.

Read the full Bristol City Council zero petrol project case study

North Yorkshire County Council: Parish Portal takes highways ‘super customers' online

North Yorkshire County Council’s in-house development team has built a portal to automate and streamline service requests from parish clerks regarding highways defects and enable them to access real-time information on subsequent progress and repairs.

Read the full North Yorkshire Council portal case study