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SECTOR GROUP: Transport & Mobility


transport and Mobility

Carbon emissions from land-based travel by Cumbrian residents, visitors and businesses are estimated to be more than 4 MtCOequivalent, these emissions need to be reduced by more than 85% by 2037.

*These include emissions associated with visitor travel to and from Cumbria and emissions relating to the manufacture of residents and visitors’ cars [Figures sourced from updated carbon baseline]

Under-pinned by data from Cumbria’s Carbon Baseline Report, the Transport & Mobility sector group has been formed  to create and steer Emissions Reduction Action Plans, in order to achieve Cumbria’s ambition of becoming carbon net-zero by 2037. 


Transport in Cumbria presents several challenges in terms of carbon emissions due to the predominance of car transport and limited availabilty of other options. 

Cumbria’s large, rural landscape and low population density make it difficult to provide regular and affordable public transport to remote communities, leaving residents reliant on private cars.

Cumbria connects the east and west with major trunk road the A66 and is also home to one of the longest stretches of the M6 motorway.


The Lake District National Park, nestled within central Cumbria is a tourist destination with many people travelling by car to get there. During peak season huge influxes of visitors arrive, causing serious congestion and delays on many of the smaller roads, leading to increased carbon emissions.

The county’s vulnerability to extreme weather events further exacerbates the challenge of reducing carbon emissions. Heavy rain and snow can cause long delays, detours and damage to infrastructure. 

We need a robust system places it’s focus on an efficient public transport system, reducing the need for personal vehicles and offering viable opportunities that meet the needs of individuals, business and communities. 

We need to adopt new greener technologies, whether it is an app that co-ordinates lift sharing or smart charging of EV’s. By promoting walking and cycling, supporting more home-working and shopping locally we can reduce carbon emissions.

With a multi-faceted approach, there are many benefits to addressing the transport and mobility challenges in Cumbria. Reduced pollution, increased public health, safer roads for cycling and walking  and lower congestion.


Sector group progress update

March 2024

New: Read the sector group's plans

After a great deal of work over the past few months, the sector group’s plans are now published, representing a significant milestone in our journey towards a net zero Cumbria.  The plans are presented in two documents;  an Emissions Reduction Pathway (ERP) and Emissions Reduction Action Plan (ERAP).

  • The Emissions Reduction Pathway sets out the strategic direction to reduce carbon emissions. It includes a carbon baseline, a vision and objectives for a net zero Cumbria, priority areas for reducing emissions and how we should tackle decarbonisation.

  • The Emissions Reduction Action Plan sets out detailed proposed actions for emissions reduction in each sector.  Actions are built around priority areas for decarbonisation, identifying potential targets and key stakeholders for delivery.

  • Your feedback is an important part of the process, so click the button and find out more about Cumbria’s steps to a more sustainable future.

    Sector group progress update

    Sector group progress update

    What emissions are in scope?

    Public transport

    Public transport

    This area takes into account all areas of public transport emissions, residents and visitors,  including travel to Cumbria. From vehicle manufacture and maintenance to its end of life.

    Private transport

    This area takes into account all areas of private transport emissions, residents and visitors, including travel to Cumbria. From vehicle manufacture and maintenance to its end of life.

    Freight travel

    This area of scope examines all aspects of freight travel  in and around Cumbria.

    Electric Vehicle transport infrastructure


    All emissions associated with construction and maintenance of transport infrastructure.

    Working towards net zero: transport and mobility news from around Cumbria

    New Ullswater Bus bid to cut car journeys

    A pilot initiative by Stagecoach is running a new Ullswater Bus service this summer. The service connects destinations such as Lowther Castle and Pooley Bridge with holiday accommodation around the valley and is designed to reduce private traffic in the Ullswater Valley area.  This year it is a pilot project,

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    Youth Climate Summit 2023

    This year’s Youth Climate Summit was held in Kendal in July, the young people who attended were all asked for barriers and solutions in each of the sector group areas. Watch the short video for their thoughts on ‘transport and mobility’

    How could we reach net zero?

    This year’s Youth Climate Summit was held in Kendal. At the summit the young people were asked about the barriers and solutions for each of the sector group areas. Watch the short video for their thoughts on ‘transport and mobility’. 


    To tackle Cumbria’s ambitious target of reaching net-zero by 2037, the Transport and Mobility sector group plays an integral role.

    To help achieve this, some suggested Priority Emission Reduction Actions (PERAs) have been identified, based on extensive research across a broad evidence base ranging from IPCC and UK Government reports to emissions data from Cumbria’s carbon baseline report.

    These PERAs offer a key starting point from which the Transport & Mobility sector group can develop detailed Emissions Reduction Action Plans leading to rapid countywide action.

     The suggested PERA’s  for the transport and mobility sector group are focussed on the following areas:

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