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SOUTH YORKSHIRE PLANS TRANSPORT SHAKE-UP

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A far-reaching transport strategy to reduce the use of cars and promote public transport in South Yorkshire will go...
A far-reaching transport strategy to reduce the use of cars and promote public transport in South Yorkshire will go out for consultation next week, reports The Yorkshire Post (p8).

The local transport plan places pedestrians and the disabled as its top priorities, with private car users and commercial vehicles bottom of the list.

Transport chiefs aim to double the number of walking and cycling trips, obtain a 10% shift from car to other forms of travel in urban centres and achieve a 5% shift in rail use.

A report to go before south Yorkshire's local authorities next week states: 'Public support for the plan is essential if it is to succeed in many of its aims. The public need to understand the rationale, support the measures and make their contribution by changing their travel behaviour.'

The four councils involved in the project - Rotherham, Barnsley, Sheffield and Doncaster - will have to prove they are meeting government transport targets in order to obtain money for the scheme, which will total more than£37m.
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