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Mayoral Manifesto 2016 - Sustainable Transport and Clean Air

Bristol is a great city and it can be so much better!

The Green Mayor and Bristol’s Green Party Council candidates wish to see Bristol continue as the leading Green city in the UK with a clear vision of a more sustainable, better future. Our particular focus in 2016 is on Clean and Affordable Energy, A Decent Home for Everyone, 21st Century Education and Skills and Sustainable Transport and Clean Air.

Tony Dyer - Green Party candidate for mayor

Sustainable Transport and Clean Air

It is no secret that Bristol has one of the worst public transport systems of all UK cities. A Green Mayor and Green Party Councillors will focus on expanding local rail and bus services to provide affordable, integrated public transport, particularly as the City grows. We aim to free up the city centre and community shopping centres for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport leading to a safer, more connected, less polluted city. Our approach is one that better balances the different kinds of transport. These are our priorities:

Campaign for an Integrated Transport Authority across Bristol and neighbouring authorities. This will allow:

  • Contactless smart card ticketing working across different bus and rail operators enabling quicker journeys and fewer delays as people get onto buses.
  • Greater control and understanding of bus routes, their frequency and fares.

Bristol needs clean and safe air – we will promote a Low Emission Zone for the city centre.

  • Secure Council funding for an implementation plan for a low emission zone in central Bristol with a view to launching a low emission zone before 2020.
  • The Council’s and the West of England Partnership air quality strategies and plans are inadequate and need updating and upgrading for the severity of the problems we face.

Promote with Government and local business a 20 year plan for local rail development

  • Promote the Henbury loop rail proposal, a new Ashton Gate station, support new Horfield and Ashley Hill stations with necessary track additions to create a local 30 minute service. 

Cycling – Promote a long term plan for cycling and routes in the city.

  • Train at least 80% of school children to cycle safely (currently only 50%).
  • Identify the most dangerous places for cyclists in the city and put in place measures to improve safety.
  • Promote two way cycling on more one way streets to make cycling journeys more direct.
  • Better integrate cycling into the Council’s overall highways and transport function.

Walking  - Give walkers their proper place in the Council’s transport planning for the city. 

  • Give greater crossing time for pedestrians at pelican crossings.
  • Ensure that pavements are appropriately maintained.
  • Identify the most dangerous places for pedestrians in the city and put in place measures to improve safety, with particularly emphasis on safety issues in and around schools
  • Improved signage for walkers across the city.
  • Support the Bristol Walking Strategy. 

Roads and speed limits

  • Prioritise repairing existing urban roads over building new roads and junctions.
  • Extend rollout of 20mph schemes to a number of major roads where there is significant pedestrian and cycling usage.

Improve bus services and our use of bus subsidies

  • Encourage new bus service start ups with initial low-interest loans.
  • Develop local transport plans with proposals on appropriate routes and bus stops.  
  • Modernise and review Park and Ride operations.
  • Better communicate the proposed new Metrobus offer and seek views on how to improve its effectiveness.   

Reduce vehicle use and raise revenue

  • Investigate a workplace parking levy to reduce the use of private cars with surplus revenues ring-fenced for investment in improved transport options and road safety.  
  • Encourage car sharing to places of employment to reduce car use 

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