Road user charging will lead to a healthier city for everyone who lives and works in Cardiff, says Sustrans Cymru

In response to the announcement by Cardiff Council on their intention to introduce a road user charging system, Sustrans Cymru Director Christine Boston said:


“At Sustrans, we believe that cities and towns should be places that prioritise the people who live and spend time there. Car-dominated spaces create congestion and damage our environment and health. They leave less space for walking, cycling, and spending time in – things that make our lives better and add to our happiness. They harm people who are already disadvantaged the most.


“This new commitment by Cardiff Council for exploratory work on road user charging models is a positive step towards creating a more equitable, healthy, and liveable city for everyone who lives and works in Cardiff. We see the potential to reduce congestion and promote sustainable, active travel, while also creating a fund to invest in public transport and active travel. This could provide a real alternative to driving for many people, making it easier and more affordable to choose sustainable modes of transport.


“Any system must also be designed with equity in mind. We know that the impacts of air pollution and traffic congestion are often felt most acutely by low-income communities and people with disabilities. By ensuring that the scheme is equitable, in the way any charges are applied and in the types of interventions and areas where funding is reinvested, we can work towards creating a fairer and more sustainable city for all.”



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