Transport is an important aspect of life in the Peak District National Park for visitors, residents and businesses. The Peak District is within one hour’s drive of 16 million people, and around 85% of visits to the national park are made by car, which places significant pressure on the environment.
There is a core network of public transport routes to access the national park by bus and rail, plus a number of traffic-free trails that are suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Our transport role in the Peak District
The Peak District National Park Authority is not a highway authority and has no transport powers; we seek to influence and work proactively with our partners and those who do have powers to have a positive impact on transport within the national park.
The Sustainable Transport Action Plan
The Sustainable Transport Action Plan (STAP) is a strategic document that outlines the Authority’s and partners' aspirations for transport in the Peak District from 2012 to 2017. It sets out a number of practical actions, which will help us to work towards achieving our ambition. A review of the actions in the STAP was undertaken during the summer of 2015, with the actions being updated accordingly. This was an opportune time to review the actions, as it is halfway through the delivery time of the Plan and we could take into account the outcomes of the National Park Management Plan travel summit that was convened earlier in the year.
The plan contributes to the delivery of the transport components of the Authority’s National Park Management Plan. It also supports the delivery of the transport policies outlined in the Local Development Framework, which addresses the land use planning issues of travel and transport.