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Cycle database will help combat car congestion

THE GOVERNMENT is to set up a national database of cycle and alternative transport schemes as part of its commitment to reducing car-related urban congestion.

Studies into sustainable transport and congestion charging are being undertaken by Oscar Faber for the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

The findings, to be reported next month, will form the basis of a DETR transport marketing strategy. The DETR hopes to demonstrate that green transport is commercially viable, said Oscar Faber assistant director for intelligent transport Mark Percival.

Under one of the research projects, commissioned by the DETR and National Cycling Federation in January, the FTSE top 500 UK firms, train operating companies and local authorities have been asked to submit information on their cycling initiatives.

The information will be widely disseminated and used to foster strategic public-private alliances. The initiative is being welcomed by sustainable transport campaigners at Sustrans and Transport 2000.

Findings from Oscar Faber's second research project into congestion charging and hypothecation will be fed into a joint UK-European demonstration project to be launched later this year.

See feature, page 16

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