Priorities of the Sustainable transport action plan

The Peak District National Park authority has laid out a series of key priorities in regards to the sustainable transport action plan.  These priorities are pinnacle to the successful management of the Peak Districts transport infrastructure both presently and in the future.

The first priority of the authority is to ensure that the Peak District gains a reputation as a place which can be travelled around extensively without the need for a car.  The park authority hopes that this objective will be met by making other forms of transport more attractive.  This may involve investing in additional bus routes within the park, or insuring that current bus routes run efficiently and are affordable.  This goal is tied in with accessibility which aims to ensure that all people irrespective of background can access the park and benefit from it.  In addition to making public transport such as buses more popular, the park also aims to make carbon neutral forms of transport even more attractive.  The park is currently doing this by improving cycling infrastructure which is just available for use by cyclists as well as by investing in the parks cycle centres which allow people to visit more locations on bike.

The second major priority is centred on ensuring that all road infrastructures are in keeping with the environment of the Peak District and is not an eye sore.  This involves ensuring road signs, crash barriers and other traffic infrastructures are either minimised or designed in an in keeping way.

The final aspect of the action plan surrounds the promotion of the plan and efforts that have already been made.  The eventual objective of this is to put the Peak District on the map as a place which uses innovative forms of transport.

The park authority has laid out a framework to ensure that these goals are met.  The first aspect of this framework is the integration of different modes of transport, such as cycling, rail and buses.  Integration is one of the best ways to control car use by ensuring that it is kept to a minimum, and alternatives are available once visitors arrive in the park itself.  Integration will also involve linking up different trails with car parks and railway stations.

The authority also sets out to raise awareness regarding the availability of non car forms of transport which exist within the park.  This will be done by promoting a strategic rights of way network which will exist within the park itself.  There is more comprehensive information available on this site regarding what action has been taken and what action will be taken in the future regarding the different modes of transport available within the park.