13 January 2015
Radical plans to roll back traffic congestion and reduce air pollution in Cambridge will be announced by the Green Party this week.
Following the unprecedented levels of traffic in the city over the Christmas period, the Green Party parliamentary candidate, Rupert Read, believes traffic management in Cambridge will be a top election issue in May. He said:
“Other Parties - and the City Deal proposals - speak earnestly about their desire to rein in Cambridge’s traffic, but it is no good willing the ends if you do not will the means. Only radical green solutions will actually work.”
Natalie Bennett, Green Party Leader, added:
"We have found in London, where Green Party elected representatives played a key role in reducing congestion levels over the last 15 years, that we need to combine provision of good, reliable public transport with ensuring that the cost of car use to our society and environment is at least partially transferred to the car user.
"Air pollution, congestion and loss of amenity in our streets are the costs of car use borne by all of us, and need to be reflected in the cost of motoring.
"This also means that the congestion is reduced for those who genuinely need to use cars and lorries on our roads."
At a news conference alongside Natalie Bennett in Cambridge on Friday (Jan 16th), Dr Read will introduce a detailed report tying in with national Green Party policies, which could be a model for the rest of the country. Some of the main points are:
The Greens believe these measures ought to be paid for by cancelling the government’s high speed rail vanity project HS2, heavily scaling back road-building, ending subsidies to air-travel and fossil fuel use and by properly financing local government again. The congestion charge itself would be a source of income.
12:00, Friday January 16th, Chetwynd Room, King’s College, Cambridge, CB2 1ST.
13:00, Natalie Bennett and Rupert Read will be available for photos and interviews in the street when they leave the venue by bicycle.
Rupert Read: 07946 459066
FIND THE FULL REPORT HERE: