WebsiteEleanor writes for Left Foot Forward on planning and transport issues. She is a policy adviser at Sustrans, a leading UK charity that enables people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of their journeys; Sustrans works with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people are able to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in.
Mr Osborne has missed a golden opportunity to invest the £2 billion from the oil companies in providing alternatives to car travel; people are now being encouraged to drive in a 1970s dream that could soon evaporate with a change in the price of oil, writes Eleanor Besley.
The debate on the ‘Fuel crisis and the cost of living’ in Parliament yesterday, unsurprisingly, placed focus on the cost of fuel rather than letting fuel poverty and social inequality take centre stage, writes Eleanor Besley.
If we want to make transport policy sustainable and equitable, it is vital that the price of transport is addressed and that this fuel price windfall is re-invested in more sustainable modes, making them more accessible to all.