Travel in Ealing – a charter for better engagement

Congestion. Pollution. Road danger. Carbon emissions. Inactive lifestyles. Social isolation.

All are negative consequences of too much motor traffic on the borough’s streets; and Ealing Council is committed to making it easier for people to travel in different ways.

We know we haven’t always got this right, and the council is committed to improving how it engages with local people and businesses about initiatives to make walking, cycling and public transport more attractive to more people for more journeys.

Improving how we involve people in active travel schemes 

The council is developing a Travel in Ealing Charter – a document that will set out its commitment and approaches for engaging with people on future transport projects.

To help develop this charter, the council is consulting with groups with a specific interest in local transport, including residents’ groups, business groups, emergency services, transport operators, and other organisations, as well as neighbouring councils.

The charter will set out how we engage with people about transport projects and not the detail of any types of schemes proposed. 

Other residents, businesses and others are also invited to help in the development of the charter by giving your views using the online survey form.

You can also download a copy of the survey form.

Changing how we travel

Tackling the climate crisis is one of the council’s three top priorities. In April 2019, the council declared a climate emergency and pledged to make Ealing carbon-neutral by 2030. Road transport accounts for over a quarter of the borough’s carbon emissions, with travel by car being the main contributor. A reduction in the number of car trips would have a positive impact on the issues mentioned above.

Every day, around a quarter of a million car trips start in Ealing. One in five of these (50,000) are short enough to be walked in under 20 minutes, and two out of three (166,000) could be cycled within the same time*. The borough is also well connected with buses, tubes and trains. If walking, cycling and public transport can be made easier, more convenient and safer for all, especially children, older adults, disabled people and other vulnerable users of our roads, then there are huge potential benefits.

Producing the charter

The council is working in partnership with Urban Movement, a leading consultancy in this field, to have a conversation with residents and others about how we can better involve them in decision making. The starting point for this conversation is a simple online survey form.

Gathering views and follow up activity will take place in February and March, with a view to the charter being finalised and adopted later in the year.

If you represent a local group that would like to get involved and have not yet received a direct invitation to do so, or if you would like to participate as an individual, please complete the online survey form

Alternatively,  if you are unable to complete the online form please email travelinealing@ealing.gov.uk or write to us at:

Transport and parking
Ealing Council
Perceval House
4/16 Uxbridge Road
Ealing W5 2HL 

* Figures from the London Travel Demand Survey (2017/18-2019/20 three-year average)