Transport and Health JSNA 2015



A scoping paper for the Transport and Health JSNA was submitted and approved by the Health and Wellbeing Board on 2 October 2014.  It was agreed that the JSNA should focus on three priority areas where transport impacts health:

  • Air pollution,
  • Active transport
  • Access to transport.

For each section, the JSNA provides:

  • Key Findings.
  • Introduction: background evidence of the health impact.
  • Local Data: analysis of local Cambridgeshire data.
  • Local Views: a summary of patient and stakeholder views.
  • Addressing Local Needs: an assessment of effective interventions, local assets and future options.


This JSNA highlights the opportunities for future focus on:

Air Pollution:

  • Low emission passenger fleet and vehicles.
  • Encouraging walking and cycling rather than car use.
  • Further assessment of shorter-term measures to reduce person exposure e.g. text alerts, maintenance of building filters and increased awareness of the risks of harmful air pollution exposure during the planning process for new developments.

Active Transport

  • Improving safety and perception of safety
  • Providing infrastructure that encourages active transport
  • Encouraging a culture of walking and cycling, understanding that the barriers of different for different populations
  • Further assessment of local data and intelligence to enable targeting of initiatives

Access to transport

  • Ensuring a system-level perspective on health and transport planning
  • Use of local evidence and partnership work to improve access to health services, especially in wards with a high number of flags
  • Making clear and relevant transport information about local transport options easily available, such as when health appointments are booked
  • Exploration of additional bus provision or novel alternatives to increase non-private transport options, such as more effective use of school buses and taxis
  • Reducing the need to travel for health services by benefiting from opportunities such as integrated care models and digital solutions
  • Exploring transport barriers where there is limited data; including access to wider health services and reaching out of hours services

Ward level access data were prepared as part of this JSNA - please contact Helen Whyman ( if you would like access to this data.