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26/06/2020

How will coronavirus change transport planning?

Words: Simon Wicks

The Covid-19 crisis is prompting councils to ‘reallocate’ road space to encourage active travel and enable pedestrians to get around safely. Measures are temporary but, asks Simon Wicks, does this herald a new approach to transport planning in towns and cities?

If we want to change, this is the time to do it,” insists John Lauder, Edinburgh-based deputy chief executive of cycling and walking charity Sustrans.“It’s about setting up safe and reliable routes to where people need to get to; about sufficient safe physical distance; and about temporary infrastructure that leads to well designed permanent infrastructure.” Then it’s about access, he continues........
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