Local transport is healthy and cost effective

A new University of the West of England study for Department for Transport was recently published which showed how investment in walking and cycling, offers better economic returns than road building.  The executive summary says: ‘Investment in infrastructure or behaviour change programmes which enable increased activity levels amongst local communities through cycling and walking is likely to provide low cost, high-value options providing benefits for our individual health. This improvement also has major benefits for the NHS in terms of cost savings, for the transport system as a whole, and for the economy through more efficient use of our transport networks.’