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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sustrans: Kirkby "very difficult" to encourage sustainable travel

SustransSustrans, the UK's leading sustainable transport charity have said that the location of Kirkby's proposed stadium will make it "very difficult" to encourage fans to travel to games using a sustainable method of transport.

The Sustrans charity is responsible for several award winning projects across the country and has received multi-million pound funding in the past from various sources including Department of Transport who donated £42.5m for the National Cycle Network.

Peter Foster, the Sustrans regional director for the North West said: "We believe major transport generators should only be allowed where there is already good public transport provision, where cycling and walking can be encouraged and where a Travel Plan is required with monitoring and targets."

"We can also add that Kirkby looks in transport terms to be a very difficult site to fulfil the requirements we mention."

He also suggested that Everton should be looking at what he believes are more appropiate sites:

"The type of location we have in mind in Liverpool which would be more appropriate, for transport, is somewhere within walking distance of Liverpool South Parkway with its two railway lines, frequent bus services and scope to improve the cycling/ walking network."

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