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York's new Transport Plan's been labelled "weak"


10:26am 10th January 2011

Green Group leader Councillor Andy D'Agorne calls the proposed Local Transport Plan "weak, half-hearted and without vision", and accuses former Lib Dem leader Steve Galloway of manipulating the results of the public consultation.

Cllr Andy D'Agorne says that the current Local Transport Plan (LTP2) has been a failure, and that the new plan needs to be much bolder. Developed in 2005, LTP2 failed in its commitment to develop a low-emission zone (at the cost of hundreds of premature deaths in the city), failed to bring in a quality contract for bus services and failed to develop a freight trans-shipment facility or an orbital bus service.

LTP3 promises to be "more of the same", he says, and he accuses Cllr Steve Galloway of manipulating the consultation outcome by suppressing the results of the survey on 20 mph speed limits, and excluding those responses returned by a transport campaign group.

Councillor D'Agorne is calling for this information to be part of the report, and not considered separately.

He says,

"The fact that the local campaign for slower speeds on our roads has encouraged many residents to respond to this survey should not mean that the views of those residents should in any way be discounted".

The 20mph limits would be a low-cost measure yielding immediate benefits in saved lives and better conditions for walkers and cyclists. The question was included after a successful motion to Council by the Green Group last year.

Cllr D'Agorne fears that vital and excellent work promoting walking and cycling to schools in York could come to an end in March when government funding for the post of Schools Travel Planner expires. The new park and ride sites are now 'on hold' and also threatened is work connected to the successful bid for Cycle City status, which had only gone ahead following lobbying from cycle groups, the Greens and the local MP.

Cllr D'Agorne is working to get the council to 'call-in' the transport plan for review before proceeding and will present his concerns to Council at a Scrutiny meeting on Monday.

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