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*	www.ciht.org.uk/news/go-ahead-for-electric-scooter-trials
**	www.buildbackbetteruk.org

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the U.K., the Parliamentary Advisory Council
for Transport Safety (PACTS) expressed
skepticism toward both the transport
mode's safety and its adoption by the public.
" If the government is determined to legalize
e-scooters, we believe a proper and open
examination of the evidence should be
undertaken first, " PACTS said in a statement.*
Infrastructure projects aimed at improving the nation's roadways faced delays due
to COVID-19 restrictions including social
distancing requirements on construction
sites, while in Scotland, sites were shut
down for several months in response to the
pandemic last year. U.K. Prime Minister Boris
Johnson promised in June of last year that
his government would limit bureaucracy
and provide funding to invigorate life back
into these projects.
In November 2020, a long awaited
Passengers on a London Underground train following government rules for wearing face coverings
and social distancing on public transport.
National Infrastructure Strategy was published pledging investment worth £600
billion pounds ($838 billion USD) in economic infrastructure over the next five years. This
includes more than £27 billion pounds ($37.7 billion USD) for strategic road improvements.
The strategy also sets out policies to accelerate and improve the delivery of projects and to
help meet the U.K. target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
As vaccine rollouts have started in the country and recovery hopes gain momentum, the
U.K. government launched the " Build Back Better " Council to achieve a set of five economic
goals to ensure an equitable, environmentally sustainable, and resilient comeback from
COVID-19. The council, comprised of stakeholders from private and public sectors collaborating with government, will work to " secure the health and needs of everyone in the UK now
and into the future; protect and invest in our public services; rebuild society with a transformative Green New Deal; invest in people, and build solidarity and community across borders. " **
Many U.K. transportation professionals
support the Build Back Better Council and
feel that the behavioral changes enforced
by the pandemic should be used to ensure
transportation becomes more sustainable as
part of the overall recovery. However, these
same professionals caution that if health and
safety are not at the forefront of the buildback process for the transportation sector,
and individuals do not feel confident to
return to public transit services, the recovery
may be led by private vehicle use, further
slowing the sector's recovery and negatively
impacting the environment. itej
A campaign image for the Build Back Better Council.
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