TRANSPORT - please comment to add your ideas

Please comment with your climate change ideas/feedback on transport, here are some suggestions for actions you might want to consider; 

  • Investigating options to minimise or locally offset emissions of both public and private transport by air, sea and land.
  • Developing infrastructure to encourage electric vehicles, public transport and active travel solutions.
  • Envisioning the transition from fossil fuelled vehicles.

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by SaraIOMGov on September 13, 2019 at 05:10PM

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  • Posted by ianpilbeam September 20, 2019 at 08:49

    Have more cycle routes. Currently it is not possible to cycle to Nobles hospital from Douglas without going on a main road and when you do get to the hospital there is nowhere to lock your bike up.
  • Posted by TheBellhop September 20, 2019 at 09:12

    What about introducing a 'commuter rate' on public transport - reduced fares between the hours of 7.30 and 9.30am, and 4 and 6pm Mon-Fri to encourage people to use the busses to get to and from work, reducing the number of cars on the road and increasing the availability of spaces on days where people must use a car.
  • Posted by beachedtrout September 20, 2019 at 17:05

    Create a model whereby larger local councils could access IOMG loans/grants to refurbish existing or build new premises on their brown field local sites for ultimate use by non public facing IOMG office workers. Residency rent models could then form the basis for supporting the repayment model and later provide maintenance income.
    Decentralising what is the islands largest workforce to local districts, reduces the amount of daily commute and provides the increased footfall/impetus/ownership local councils need to validate regeneration.
  • Posted by Nooni September 20, 2019 at 18:42

    Work with Car Insurance Companies, there shouldn't be a multi-car discount option allowed, if we are really serious about reducing the number of cars on the road. That shouldn't be something that is rewarded.
  • Posted by mkelly September 20, 2019 at 23:31

    More cycle lanes could only be a good thing. How about restoring the Peel to Ramsey railway line so that it could be a cycle path? Including the bridge across Glen Wyllin, of course. How about a cycle lane alongside the electric tram line from Ramsey to Douglas? And alongside the railway line from Douglas to Port Erin? The routes are already engineered to be flat. Is it possible to add a cycle path to the side without it being hugely dangerous? What if the cycle paths were only open outside train/tram seasons?
  • Posted by sue September 21, 2019 at 08:32

    More cycle paths, encourage hybrid and electric cars; maybe do something about import laws. Make downtown Douglas car free except for skipper-type buses and disabled, more use of park and ride and leave walkways on promenade and leave horse trams.
  • Posted by Butch September 22, 2019 at 10:02

    Abolish the current road tax system and replace it with a tax on fuel
    The extra cost would be about 20p per litre of fuel and this should be enough to deter motorists from making frivlous journeys in inefficient vehicles
    Any revenue generated above the current road tax take should be ring-fenced for improvements in public transport and for construction of cycling infrastructure
    Dedicated cycling lanes and improvements for cyclists would have the additional knock on effect of promoting tourism
     When this was done in Mallorca the island benefited from tens of thousands of cyclists taking holidays there and generating millions of Euros for the economy
  • Posted by Butch September 22, 2019 at 10:06

    Disposing of used car tyres is a major cause of pollution and making new ones uses a lot of energy
    All government vehicles should replace thier tyres with re-treads instead of new
    The tread on a tyre is only around 30% of the unit, most tyres can be re-treaded several times before they are truly worn out
    Truck and bus tyre are routinely re-treaded, no reason why car tyres can't do the same
  • Posted by Raindrop September 22, 2019 at 18:07

    A large amount of the housing stock currently has nowhere to charge electric cars. People in terraced houses are not guaranteed to be able to park outside there house and if they can, they are unable to charge the car without the wire becoming a trip hazard. A simple solution would be to expand the designated parking spot system to cover electric vehicles as well as blue badges. In order to avoid cables being draped across the pavement a channel could be cut across the pavement from the charging point and a liftable hinged cover placed over the top of the wire. It would need to be liftable because you wouldn't want to leave a wire on the roadside as it could either get nicked or broken or crucially someone could tap your electric. Also they need to expand the infrastructure for more charging points. around the Island A similar incentive scheme for electric vehicles to that in the UK would be great. Currently we are paying the same price as the UK but without the discount (which manufacturers have factored into their prices. Encourage private enterprise to set up super quick chargers in chester street carpark (the 30 or so disabled spots are never all fully used and some (say 5) of them would be a good idea). Improve the electrical network to be able to cope with the power demand from the additional charging. It is really in Manx Utilities interest to improve it because more usage = more money.
  • Posted by AR September 23, 2019 at 10:53

    I’m not sure if this is the right work stream to post this comment but I note that there isn’t a work stream that covers all the motor sport this island attracts and allows.

     How can the IOM gov be seriously committed to zero emissions by by 2050 and climate change when for four weeks in every year they host the TT and FOM road races which encourage thousands of motorbikes to visit the island.
    Plus all the Rallying events
    I would suggest the IOM government should stop these for a start to actually show their commitment to climate change and not money that they get from these events.
    You can’t have it both ways!
  • Posted by LingLing September 23, 2019 at 17:40

    As we all need to fly less or not at all, Perhaps a review on travel to and from the Island. Would different boat routes be possible, Wales for example? For those needing to be nearer the South of the UK. Also reviewing the best energy efficient Boat options. We need a good infrastructure set up to encourage people to come and experience the Island as a pioneer as a low carbon destination!
  • Posted by cassi September 24, 2019 at 12:16

    Electric car charging points for cars in more locations, for example all government buildings and housing estates where people don't have driveways, garages to charge from, we should be leading by example, the Govt vehicle fleet should include more electric vehicles. There should be an awareness of how little it costs to charge electric cars and the savings in positive health impact, people are unaware of the knock on affect of breathing and dementia implications from pollutants. The IOM is the ideal place to own and use an electric car.

    Free public transport for all would encourage less use of private vehicles, relief on parking in busy areas and possibly walk and ride for some.

  • Posted by memnewb September 30, 2019 at 17:26

    Cheaper bus fares and more frequent electric buses along with safe cycle ways must be the way to go.
  • Posted by DocMills October 01, 2019 at 12:39

    Scrap free car-parking for all Government employees
  • Posted by paulweatherall October 02, 2019 at 11:39

    A major shift to EV vehicles is required and gov should be developing infrastructure to support all vehicles being ev by 2045, except licensed heritage vehicles
    All gov vehicles should be replaced by ev models from 2020, as they become due
    Free public transport should be trialled to encourage more use and buses should all be ev by 2030
    Development of ev ferries should be reviewed on a 5 year basis, with a view to commission ev vessels for steam packet as soon as they become operationally viable for Irish Sea routes
  • Posted by jbtb October 03, 2019 at 11:35

    I would like to register my agreement with and strong support for the comments posted by AR on September 23rd. I really find it astounding that the Government is supposedly working hard on climate change issues and action plans yet still promotes the TT, MGP and motorsport in general. It's hypocritical and doesn't give much credibility to their approach. In addition to the events themselves, there is the associated effects of people sitting in traffic queues on the TT Access road, which was particularly bad during this year's Festival of Motorcycling. Like many residents, I am very concerned about climate change and this whole issue of motorsport/motorbike events really is the 'elephant in the room' which people seem reluctant to address.
  • Posted by paulweatherall October 04, 2019 at 12:57

    I disagree with the last comment. Motorsports will be moving to using ev bikes and cars as manufacturers develop them. There have been ev races at the TT for a number of years now. Gov should be working with manufacturing teams to promote these and encouraging the phasing out of ice motorsport racing
  • Posted by thatgreencouncillor October 10, 2019 at 22:17

    You have an Active Travel Strategy, Strategic Policy 10, Transport Policy 7, Manual for Manx Roads (11.10 Cycle Parking) and the Housing (Standards) Regulations 2017, Schedule 2, item 13.

    I see all the planning applications that come through Douglas and rarely does a planning application meet the standards expected and rarely is the cycle parking fit for purpose.

    We need to adopt a proper standard, Hackney council's is very good, and the planning officers, planning committee, the police architectural liaison officer, the flat registration officer in environmental health, the highways officers and the island's building design community need proper training about what is expected as part of proper design for bicycle parking.

    Also amend the Department of Infrastructure's affordable housing standards to include bicycle provision.

    An active travel strategy cannot work without proper cycle infrastructure and safe and convenient storage at each end of the journey is a vital part of this infrastructure..... I feel like a stuck record.... I have spoken to planners, planning committee members, MHKs, MLCs, The Department of Infrastructure (Highways and Estates) Department of Environment (Flats Registration).... and nothing happens
  • Posted by NoMoreFossilFeul October 11, 2019 at 04:17

    Free public transport using electric buses and trains.
    They should be powered by renewable energy.
    The trains should run at times where people could use them for commuting.
  • Posted by jspencer October 11, 2019 at 23:35

    In my opinion, the railway could be made into so much more. What about the idea of fast, commuter services during the week, with half-hourly services after 10 o'clock, say, picking up in frequency from four o'clock? Of course, you would most likely need faster rolling stock to be able to challenge the speed and convenience offered by car. The company Vivarail recently began repurposing old Underground trains and refitting them with more modern and eco-friendly technology. The Class 230 appears to be their latest offering, and it has many configurations, from DMU to fully battery powered.

    The Isle of White has acquired some Class 484s, again repurposed Underground rolling stock developed by Vivarail, perhaps the Government could consult them and ask how they run services? You could still run the older steam engines on Weekends, allowing families to show their kids the "good old days of steam".

    Why not also consider the idea of a universal travel card, like the London Oyster? That would allow commuters and day trippers to not have to worry about purchasing separate paper tickets on buses and trains, and instead just have one card for Bus, tram and train, and not have to worry about their credit expiring, like they do on the Go Easy cards.

    Links to the Vivarail website here:[…]/

  • Posted by Fell October 12, 2019 at 15:57

    Given the IOMG's target for the widespread use of Electric Vehicles they should require all new properties to be built with EV Charging Points provided from July 2020.
  • Posted by Fell October 12, 2019 at 16:00

    TheGovernment should require the new IOMSPCO ferries to be built to the most up to date low marine transport emission standards - ideally to follow the example of the Hurtigruten in Norway and build hybrid powered ferries.
  • Posted by Fandiom October 12, 2019 at 16:03

    I would love an electric, rechargeable car and I know there must be others who, like me, find the cost prohibitive.
    A loan /grant scheme to enable ownership of a greener vehicle would be welcomed by many.
  • Posted by zaphodbeeblebrox October 13, 2019 at 10:15

    1a. A levy on any car park spaces provided by employer to employee (levy on employer).
    1b. Funds generated could be ring fenced and used to improve public transport though if this is not desirable it should not prevent 1a from happening.
    2. Any new buses should be electric. From NOW. Cities in the UK are already running electric buses. China has literally hundreds of thousands. Meanwhile the Dept of Transport says it can't even TRIAL a bus till 2021 ?!?!?![…]/
    3. There should be commuter minibus bus services around Douglas/Onchan between 630 am and 10am constantly circulating on a fixed circuit and every 10-15 minutes. It should not be easier to drive from Farmhill/Governors/Onchan to the town centre than to hop on the next bus.
    4. Cycle paths everywhere obviously.
    5. the Peel to Douglas railway line now hard-surfaced and useful for cycling should have
       a. zero gates on it
       b. priority right of way at the (very few - 3?) road crossings.
      c. extension to the town centre somehow (via nsc/hills meadow) with priority right of way asap.
    6. Additional sales tax/surcharge on any new diesel/petrol engine personal car sold or imported into the Island of the order of £1-5,000s. Like the equivalent of the UK electric car grant but in reverse so it raises funds for government rather than government paying out.
    7. Average speed cameras in towns and villages where speed limits currently totally unenforced, fines ring fenced to improve public transport also improving road safety for everyone.
     8. Mandatory biannual emissions/check (like MOT) on diesel petrol vehicles > 3 years old. Increase economic activity and revenue for local garages. Improve air quality for everyone.
    (I followed a diesel 4x4 into Douglas this week and from the amount of smoke/fumes coming out of the exhaust i was wondering if the engine was on fire. but no, just normal pollution).
  • Posted by Griffdog October 13, 2019 at 13:46

    we need to recognise this will not be a one size fits all solution because everybodies transport needs are so different.
    1, do all we can to encourage walking and cycling in a safe way for those able to do so. this means not just safe routes but safe free storage options for bikes, showering and changing facilities for those using it etc
    2. free public transport and the use of modern tech to identify the needs of the community so residents of remote communities can still get a bus into town in time for a 9am start. encourage companies to offer more flexible working hours where necessary.
    3. discourage the use of petrol and diesel engine vehicles with higher road tax, fuel costs etc. Free parking for electric cars, more charging points etc
    4. introduce phased MOTs to get the worst polluting vehicles off the road and ensure we don't become a dumping ground for the cars the UK does not want. No MOT for cars under 3 years old, then MOT at 3, 6 and 9 years old then 10 year old cars need MOT every year. And MOT to include vehicle emissions.
    5. Business incentives to switch to electric vehicles, work from home schemes etc
  • Posted by JuBib October 13, 2019 at 16:26

    Free public transport please, or at the least charge a nominal sum or provide cheap residents' tickets - I believe it should be a public service.
    Ways to make electric cars affordable (though of course we need to know they are being charged with renewable or carbon neutral fuel) and accompanying legislation to phase out fossil fuel based vehicles. More and convenient charging points.
    Cycle lanes and encouragement of safer cycling
    Explore possibilities for park and ride schemes, with conveniently located car parks in the West, North and South.
  • Posted by manxfelipe October 13, 2019 at 20:49

    There needs to be a move away from car ownership. To start this move there needs to be cheaper or free public transport, shared electric vehicles available in central locations in each major town, improved cycle infrastructure, rewards for active travel, as well as investment in and redevelopment of Douglas to provide affordable housing and modern office space.
  • Posted by PamIOMG October 14, 2019 at 13:23

    Suggestions received via email;

    "The island railways offer considerable potential to shift traffic from bot cars and bus on the island. At present much of the focus appears to be on the tourist trade, but two possible improvements could have a significant impact on day to day travel:

    1. The Island should consider how it can offer a daily rail commute from Port Erin to Douglas. It could, for instance, cut the journey time by only calling at Port St Mary and Castletown, and run just one train to Douglas in the morning and one in the evening all year round, to attract commuters off the roads. It could also consider acquiring a two-car diesel for this to minimise running costs.

    2. The horse tram route should be electrified and linked to the current electric tram to allow a commuter service from Ramsey to the heart of Douglas. This could run just extended tram services morning and evening, but leave the line free for the horses during the day. Alternatively it could be linked to the station via a shuttle-bus to allow a straight-through service from Ramsey to Port Erin.

    The TT is a vital part of the island's tourism, but there is always pressure on how and when to close the course to ordinary traffic. If there was a better, two-way link between the inside of the course (particularly access to Noble's hospital) this would make it easier to accommodate motorcycling and other needs with less disruption to peoples daily lives."
  • Posted by JandGlover October 15, 2019 at 18:12

    Helping people purchase electric bikes through a grant/loan scheme. They make commuting accessible to more people.

    Enforcement of speed limits in areas near schools. Where I live, many parents want to walk their children to school but are afraid to because of the speed and amount of traffic on the routes. This needs addressing if Active Travel is to be encourages.
  • Posted by WooWaaBob October 15, 2019 at 21:11

    Probably repeating what has already been suggested but I believe the UK's Committee on Climate Change have said that all vehicle sales should be zero emission by 2035. I think that the Island should be ahead of the UK in this by disallowing cars built after, say, 2020 from being IOM registered. This would allow older ICE vehicles to continue to be registered but also start building a second hand market in EVs. In this time improvements to public transport and car sharing schemes should be used to reduce the need for car ownership.
  • Posted by WooWaaBob October 15, 2019 at 21:13

    Introduce a discounted tuition and driving test for new drivers who learn in an EV.
  • Posted by ManxMuriellie October 16, 2019 at 11:28

    We need to move away from everyone just hopping in their car for every little journey they wish to make - many of those journeys are short (just a few miles or less) and are perfect for active transport (e.g. cycling). Longer journeys would be by bus or at least much more car-sharing, using EVs.
    Better walking and cycling infrastructure will be needed, but initially this needs to focus on what will help people walk or bike to work - bike parking right next to their work/shops, showers, lockers, coaching to help them believe they too can use their e-bike to get about, bike commuter clubs and buddy systems, better traffic management in favour of pedestrians and bikes (e.g. at junctions, roundabouts), strong role models and advertising to make it happen.
    Making all of this happen will also require incentives though - building new cycle paths is not enough, though it is a very important pre-requisite. Incentives might include - employer incentives to get employees to use active transport (vouchers, bonuses etc), preventing parents driving children to school (large no parking / drop off zones?, escorted cycle/walking routes / groups) so children walk or cycle, and areas round schools become safe enough for them to do so, greatly reduced parking available so people use other methods to get to work / shops etc.
    Additional transport approaches - free or heavily subsidised bus fares with increased frequency and variety of routes, plus no more drive-thru restaurants(!!) or out of town shops that are really only accessible with a car.
  • Posted by Louise October 16, 2019 at 18:04

    Cycles are one answer, but there are a lot of people too ill / fragile to cycle, so please consider them! An IOM journey share app maybe?
  • Posted by WooWaaBob October 17, 2019 at 08:34

    Consider tax breaks for taxis operating in EVs and provide taxi only charging at convenient locations.
  • Posted by RobH October 18, 2019 at 17:03

    Priority given to pedestrians, cyclists, people with restricted mobility and public transport in urban spaces. This should include the introduction of low traffic neighborhoods (see Waltham Forest, London), speed limit reductions, increased pedestrian crossings and junction upgrades.
    Right now we have an uptake of over 20 e-bike sales on the Island every week which aren’t purchased by middle aged men in Lycra but by people who want to be more active and use their cars less. All the talk of increased charging points for EVs when they solve next to nothing in regard to climate, congestion or road danger and currently little uptake compared to e-bike sales.
    Have an agreed higher standard for road design to deliver all of the above. The examples of what we’ve done so far (Lezayre Road, Peel Road, Gansey) are testament to the fact we are carrying out a tick box exercise in cycling infrastructure that isn’t value for money
    The point above about housing design is excellent. Good policies but no one holding planners to account on delivering on policy. Holland wasn’t Holland 49 years ago it was changed through political will and design and housing is no different. Do they still have traffic, of course they do, but they’ve made it easy to not use a car and planners have understood what is and isn’t the most efficient mode of transport depending on the type of road. And of course you can still use a car if you need to!
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