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Labour announces Healthy Streets programme

LABOUR has announced plans to address the climate emergency by making England one of the most cycling- and walking-friendly places in the world.

The Healthy Streets programme aims to make towns and cities cleaner and greener to transform the environment, travel opportunities and quality of life across the country.

It is modelled on towns and cities in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, where in Amsterdam a huge 67 per cent of trips are made on foot or bike.

In Britain, only 29 per cent of trips are made by foot or bike.

Labour’s plans include building 5,000km of cycle lanes and creating safe cycling and walking routes to 10,000 primary schools.

Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald said: “Walking and cycling are essential forms of transport, but have been neglected by nine years of Tory Britain. 

“Making more of our everyday trips by walking and cycling is crucial to reducing transport emissions and tackling the climate emergency.”

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