A lack of jobs in the South Wales Valleys means that many people travel for work and are dependent on using their cars. Public transport is currently limited and this is felt even more acutely by those who don’t have access to a car at all. Bus services outside cities can take four or five times longer than the same journey by car. Buses and trains don’t always work for the times people need to travel, particularly for those doing shift work or looking after families.
Our jurors told us that they don’t want to be dependent on owning and driving a car. They don’t want to have to travel outside of their communities for what they need or work; they want travel to be a positive choice not a burden.
They want to see more investment in public transport, to see local high streets brought to life with thriving local businesses that reduce the need for people to travel, and for city centres to be car free, except in exceptional circumstances, such as for disabled people.
They said that a move to electric vehicles was only part of the answer; we also need fewer car trips overall.