An example of how urban transport strategies are being used to reduce traffic congestion in one urban area.
A case study of sustainable urban living. Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Sustainability means living a life which meets your own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Newcastle-Upon Tyne is a large city in the North of England which has an unsustainable past. This city of 279 thousand people was a centre for heavy industry, ship building, coal mining and armaments works – all activities which can pose environmental problems. However, Modern Newcastle is restyling itself as a science city and a city whose economy is based upon information services and quaternary industries. A core foundation of this is environmental sustainability, and Newcastle offers a good case study of sustainable urban living. It was ranked as the UKs most sustainable city in 2009 (source).
Newcastle has a comprehensive public transport network, including a huge bus network and the well-known and used Tyne and Wear Metro. These are both more sustainable alternatives to the car. This network also offers park and ride facilities, such as at Four Lane Ends metro station!
In addition to this, Newcastle has a cycle network, some parts of which are off road, including through Jesmond Dene and the Wagon Way behind St Mary’s school. In addition there are cycle routes running alongside the river including along the Quayside. The council also has a range of electric cars and vehicles, including those used in Jesmond Dene and Heaton Park, and the Quaylink bus service that connects Newcastle and Gateshead Quays.