28th September 2020

Luton Council launches transport strategy

Luton Council has drafted an updated Local Transport Plan (LTP) to cover the next 20 years and is asking residents and businesses for their input.

The strategy is driven by the council’s key ambitions to be net zero carbon by 2040, alongside its vision to eradicate poverty and improve inclusion. It will provide a renewed focus on low carbon transport to support the council’s existing Local Development Plan and future review of it.

A key aim of the strategy, given the wider impacts of poor air quality, which links to the council’s health and wellbeing ambitions, is to support a healthy environment by encouraging more active travel and public transport for local journeys. It also sets out the approach to managing the demand for motor vehicle use.

Cllr Paul Castleman, portfolio holder responsible for planning and transport at Luton Council said, “We are required under the Transport Act 2000 to prepare a long-term transport strategy and we’d really like to hear people’s views on it. Hearing what people think is even more important now because of the potential impacts of a post-Covid change in attitude to travel. For example, we know that around 55% of journeys to work in Luton taken are under 5km and we want to see a reduction in unnecessary car use.

“It covers all types of transport including public transport, walking, cycling, cars and freight and summarises the approach relating to each of the themes, of reducing carbon emission, reducing poverty and ensuring links with development, with particular regard to the Luton Local Plan.”