2 January 2018
The County Council approved its new Local Transport Plan LTP4 2017-2030 for the whole county on 9th November 2017. However, the new transport plan could have recommended more improvements for bus services. Although the County Council continues to liaise with bus companies, waiting for them to take the initiative, it needs to be more proactive in order to reduce congestion. It could also liaise with bus users by setting up a bus users forum.
Green Party Councillor Louis Stephen (Battenhall ward) said:
'We believe the County Council must have greater ambition for public transport and work proactively with bus companies to improve services. We say cycling should be a safe, healthy and pleasurable way of getting around. This will need serious investment in better cycle tracks, separating them from other traffic wherever possible. We want children to be able to walk safely to school. Pavements have been neglected, which causes real problems, whether you are walking, pushing a pram or using a wheelchair.'
High levels of traffic congestion are leading to a frustrating waste of time waiting in traffic and negatively affects our local economy, while the poor air quality associated with congestion also causes a significant number of premature deaths. Poor air quality causes 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK (Royal College of Physicians - Feb 2016). We can expect Worcester's share of national premature deaths to be approximately 60 every year.
Worcester Green Party has a vision for tackling the root causes of traffic congestion in Worcester and believes that the new LTP4 plan is just a beginning for more sustainable transport. The Greens will work with all parties in the city and neighbouring districts to contribute to its development and implementation year by year.
Green Party Meetings
Come along to our monthly meeting to discuss our plans for Worcester and Worcestershire. Our next meeting starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th May in the upstairs room at The Cricketers on Angel Street. This meeting will focus on our strategy for the year ahead. It would be great to see some new people.
For more information, contact Louis via email or telephone 01905 359 509.