Headlines: October 15th, 1998

A team from the University of Westminster is to study how local transport and health workers can work together more effectively.The study is commissioned jointly by the Department of Health and the Health Education Authority, in consultation with the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions.

It is anticipated that the findings will lead to new guidance to field workers in both disciplines in the Spring.

Tessa Jowell, Minister for Public Health, said: “It is self-evident that transport and health affect each other. Creating safe routes for cyclists and pedestrians, reducing pollution, and encouraging useof public transport, for example, require health and transport professionals to be aware of each others’ priorities and concerns.

” I know that many Road Safety Officers have good links with health promotion professionals and I hope that these can be improved and extended. It is vitally important that we have joined-up government at a local level as well as on a national level.”

The study was commissioned from the Transport Studies Group of the University of Westminster, as part of the “Active for Life” campaign run by the Health Education Authority. The project, including preparation of guidance, will cost about 45,000 pounds.