Twenty local authorities have joined an informal UK national network on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs), co-ordinated by Act TravelWise as part of a three-year European project called ENDURANCE. The aim is to share best practice, both nationally and internationally on SUMPs.
The launch of the network took place at a one-day national event on 3 September in York. The successful event allowed representatives of local authorities to come together to learn more about SUMPs from some of the leading practitioners in the UK and Europe - Tom Rye of Lund University and Steve Heckley (pictured) of West Yorkshire Combined Authority. It was also an opportunity to launch the UK network and allow its members to meet each other for the first time.
For the uninitiated: "A Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) is a strategic plan that builds on existing planning practices and incorporates integration, participation and evaluation principles to satisfy the mobility needs of people today and tomorrow for a better quality of life in cities and their surroundings." Local Transport Plans (LTPs) in England and Wales are a form of SUMP. The European Union has been promoting SUMP development and best practice sharing throughout Europe, as a way to address carbon reduction, air pollution and quality of life.
The current network members: Aberdeen, Bath & North East Somerset, Blackburn with Darwen, Bristol, Brighton & Hove, Derry, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, The Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS), Lancashire, Leicestershire, Milton Keynes, Norfolk, Norwich, Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock, Wrexham and York.
Local authorities not yet in the network are welcome to join by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.