Healthy Co-operation: Local Government and a Health Authority Working Together on Sustainable Transport
HURDLE D I, Centre for Independent Transport Research in London (CILT) and SUTHERLAND P E, London Borough of Barnet, UK
With the British Govemment calling on the local authority and health sectors to set examples of sustainable ('greener') travel, joint action seems obvious but is often lacking. However, the London Borough of Bamet and Bamet Health Authority set up a Trans
With the British Govemment calling on the local authority and health sectors to set examples of sustainable ('greener') travel, joint action seems obvious but is often lacking. However, the London Borough of Bamet and Bamet Health Authority set up a Transport Working Group in 1999 and also includes healthcare trusts and transport operators. Its aims are greener travel and improving the quality and efficiency of transport provision.
CILT's research for the group covered travel needs; existing travel; population characteristics in hospital catchment areas; progress on Travel Plans; existing transport provision; examples of good practice elsewhere; integration of local authority education and social services transport with health-related transport; and investigation of door-to-door transport. The paper shows what relatively simple, straightforward work can be done to better match travel needs and transport provision, whilst securing more efficient, and better quality, transport operation. It highlights the value of utUising data that is already available, such as Census information about areas with low car ownership, plus home postcodes of hospital staff and patients; sharing it; and presenting it in appropriate ways, eg by comparison with existing public transport routes.
It concludes that joint working between local and health authorities need not be complex. By presenting relevant existing information, and simply getting the right people together, much can be achieved in informing transport providers. More non-car travel can be achieved, whilst at the same time implementing key themes of Travel Plans, thereby addressing all travel to hospitals - staff, patients and visitors.
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