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Report: More people taking green journeys

More and more people across the UK are ditching their cars and relying on "green journeys" to take them to and from public transport hubs: according to a new report.

The Department for Transport has revealed its door to door action plan, which is attempting to make it normal to cycle or walk, as well as taking public transport to and from work.

Efforts have already been made to improve the green options available across the UK. For example, there has been a ?14million investment in state-of-the-art bus interchanges in Rochdale and Mansfield to improve integration with the rail network. Meanwhile, there has been a ?14.5million investment in cycle facilities at railway stations: doubling the amount of cycle parking spaces and contributing to the number of cycling journeys leaping from 14million a year in 2009 to 39million a year.

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According to Transport Minister Baroness Kramer, the Government is determined to keep the momentum going.

"The New Year is an ideal time to join the increasing numbers of people who are choosing healthy, more environmentally-friendly methods of getting to work," she said.

"Real life journeys on public transport tend to be more complicated than just a single trip on a train or three stops on the local bus. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to choose greener ways of getting between each mode of transport.

"Since we launched the door-to-door strategy eight months ago, there have already been significant improvements to integrate public transport. This action plan highlights where progress has been made but there is still more to be done.

Following on from the door to door strategy, published earlier this year, the plan gives a clear signal that this remains a priority area for the department."

Among the plans outlined is a ?94million investment to increase and make safer cycling in eight English cities and four national parks; while ?35million has been set aside for cycle safety projects. The Highways Agency will also spend ?20million to boost infrastructure for cyclists.

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