Greens focus on public accountability, a transport authority and reallocation of £200k rail subsidy in election transport policies
The Green Party in Bristol has revealed a wishlist of 15 items for Mayor George Ferguson to take on in the run-up to the local elections on Thursday 22nd May.
Amongst the aims are a clearer line of accountability to the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), an integrated transport authority to manage all transport services in the Bristol region, and an investment in increased service frequency at Bristol’s 24 train stations.
Pip Sheard, Green candidate for Windmill Hill and the party’s transport spokesperson said: “There is so much that we still need to tackle in Bristol. We have a barely accountable organisation – the Local Enterprise Partnership – calling the shots, BRT/Metrobus schemes that are throwing good money after bad, and an increasingly congested city that is crying out for sustainable transport infrastructure.”
“We want the Mayor to encourage residents to drive less and use public transport, cycle or walk. This will improve travelling conditions at peak times for all road users and improve the city’s environment and air quality.”
Charlie Bolton, candidate for Southville said: “Bristol had increasing levels of cycling, but we could do so much more with more funding. High quality, segregated cycle lanes in the Dutch-style would vastly increase participation and cut congestion in our communities.”
Martin Fodor, candidate for Redland said: “Regionally and nationally, we’ve been calling for a publicly owned rail system, but local accountability for buses and local lines is equally important for Bristol’s residents. We want the Mayor to take much stronger action to ensure we get a more sustainable and welcoming public transport system.”
Tim Malnick, candidate for Bishopston said: “We need to reimagine walking as a method of transport with clearly marked routes and strong links with local high streets – so people have attractive places to walk to and enjoy.”
The Greens are standing in 23 wards in Bristol on Thursday 22nd May. In the last two election cycles in Bristol, they have doubled their numbers of councillors.
The 15-point Transport Manifesto can be read below.
Public accountability in our transport system
A city of sustainable transport
Linking our communities through rail and bus
A city fit for cycling and walking