Greenpeace volunteers presenting Councillor Robinson with the traffic-free Christmas card
Submitted by Fenella Walsh
Volunteers from Greenpeace Merseyside Group just lately introduced an enormous Christmas card to Councillor Liam Robinson, Portfolio Holder for Transport in Liverpool Metropolis Area and chair for Merseytravel, the regional transport authority.
The cardboard learn ‘All I need for Christmas is extra site visitors free roads like Daring Road. Completely happy Christmas and a traffic-free new 12 months!’
It was introduced to the Councillor on Daring Road, the place volunteers had additionally adorned the road with Christmas decorations. Social distancing pointers have been adhered to and all volunteers wore masks all through the exercise.
Linda Bacon mentioned, “In the present day Greenpeace volunteers embellished Daring Road and introduced a Christmas card to our native councillor for transport to allow them to know that for Christmas we would like native transport enhancements.”
Greg Quiery continued, “There was a lot criticism of the brand new cycle and pedestrian areas, so it was nice that we could possibly be photographed collectively – individuals who really help all the brand new developments.”
In February, the federal government dedicated £2 billion of funding for councils to roll out new strolling and biking infrastructure resembling protected cycle paths and site visitors calming measures in England.
Nevertheless, by comparability, in final month’s Spending Overview, the federal government maintained its dedication to spending £27 billion on new roads, whereas failing to ensure any further cash for strolling or biking, or inexperienced native public transport.
Transport is the UK’s largest supply of greenhouse gasoline emissions, so constructing extra roads solely provides to this drawback and can encourage extra individuals to purchase vehicles and drive extra miles.
Current polling carried out by YouGov requested individuals in North West England to decide on their high two from a variety of seven proposed transport enhancements. New roads have been the least common selection, that includes in simply 8% of residents’ picks for what they’d prefer to see.
In distinction, near half (46%) need present roads to be higher maintained, a couple of third (37%) need much less site visitors on the highway and over a 3rd (36%) need cheaper bus and prepare tickets.
When requested in the event that they’d help or oppose low site visitors neighbourhoods, two thirds (66%) of individuals within the North West have been in help of the measures, designed to cut back site visitors in sure streets, enhance air high quality and encourage strolling and biking, and simply 13% oppose. That is the best degree of help for low site visitors neighbourhoods throughout Britain.
Volunteer Fenella Walsh mentioned: “We’re actually happy that Councillor Robinson accepted our Christmas card and mentioned the native transport enchancment residents would love for Christmas.
“We welcome their help in pushing for greener, accessible transport in Merseyside and with lobbying Authorities for the funding we have to make this occur.”
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