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The Minister of Transport, Patrice Vergriete, at Montparnasse station, in Paris, on February 16, during a day of strike by SNCF controllers.

Rail passes, evening trains… are much less precedence topics for the brand new Minister of Transport, Patrice Vergriete, than for his predecessor, Clément Beaune. The president of the Urban Community of Dunkirk (North) pleads for the return of a regional planning coverage and proposes a residents' conference, specifically on the way forward for motorway concessions.

As Minister of Transport, what’s your precedence: prepare, street, discount in air site visitors?

It’s the mobility of all French folks. I’m all the time cautious of speeches which say that we should always journey much less, not go overseas. Mobility is entry to employment, it is usually social connections, openness to others and a elementary freedom. There is actually an incurred mobility, like the one who travels 50 kilometers to get to work or who has to journey to gather an administrative doc. It is that this mobility that have to be lowered.

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And air journey too?

Ban holidays in Tunisia or Greece? We can actually all the time query the relevance of touring 1000’s of kilometers to seek out ourselves in a membership with individuals who appear to be us, however touring additionally permits us to confide in others, to find different cultures. I come from a modest background, I had by no means stayed overseas earlier than I used to be 18. I understand how a lot this shapes folks's minds. In Dunkirk, we launched a program which permits all younger folks to go overseas earlier than the age of 25. I might a lot quite work on decarbonizing air journey than stopping these journeys. I’m very afraid of a world the place folks withdraw into themselves.

So what are your choices for decarbonizing transport?

In whole, 95% of greenhouse gasoline emissions in transport are generated by roads. We should due to this fact transfer ahead in a short time on electrical vehicles, and develop the vitality used for buses and vehicles. But this isn’t sufficient. We should additionally make transfers to different extra virtuous modes of transport “climatically speaking”, corresponding to public transport and carpooling.

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The President of the Republic all the time says: “I just like the automobile. » Me too, by the way in which. You take your automobile, you go wherever you need, while you need. Except that in some unspecified time in the future touring so many kilometers is not appropriate with the planet. However, three quarters of French individuals are depending on the automobile to get to work. So, how can we manage the tip of this dependence? How can we deliver out alternate options, even on a part of the journeys? How can we reply to the social difficulty of the price of mobility? These are important questions which, for me, have to be the topic of a residents' conference.

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