Transport

£71m being ‘wasted' on new Shrewsbury relief road Weblink

Shropshire Star, 17 April 2019

£71m wasted on Shrewsbury road scheme says Green Party

Following a report by Highways England last week which showed that its £317m pinch-point programme, which included the Dobbies roundabout in Shrewsbury, has increased rather than decreased delays at non-peak times, the Green Party has again stated its opposition to the £71m North West Relief Road scheme in Shrewsbury.

20 is Plenty

Professor John Whitelegg, an internationally renowned expert on Sustainable Transport, and Green Party Transport Advisor, and Lead on Transport Policy for the South Shropshire Green Party, testifies to the prestigious UK Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety re the vital need for a national default speed limit of 20 mph on all roads currently set at 30mph.

Action meeting on Shrewsbury North West Relief Road plans Weblink

Shropshire Star, 16 October 2019

Beyond ‘predict and provide’: UK transport, the growth paradigm and climate change Weblink

Thirty years ago, Adams (1981) depicted a future UK where everyone was a millionaire lorry driver, simply by extrapolating from contemporary official transport growth assumptions. These assumptions underpinned the ‘predict and provide’ approach which then characterised transport planning. Twenty years later, the New Deal for Transport White Paper (1998) abandoned ‘predict and provide’ as unsustainable. This paper argues that the same growth assumptions that Adams took to their logical (absurd) conclusion have re-emerged to define both transport and the drivers of transport demand. While non-aviation transport is supposed to be carbon-neutral by 2050, the implied reductions in emissions rely on an absolute decoupling of transport demand and its drivers for which there is no evidence in current planning. Targets rely on optimistic, narrowly framed technology forecasts and behaviour change assumptions which appear highly unlikely in the present socio-political climate. Moreover, such is the cost of mitigating these tensions between economic growth and other concerns, it is argued that the targeted outcomes of current policy are as undesirable as they are unlikely. The paper concludes by calling for a transport policy which considers mobility in an integrated, holistic fashion, rather than merely as a dimension of economic growth.

Bus services in Shropshire

Shropshire Council is planning to cut £405,000 from the local bus service budget. The consultation runs until 6 May 2019. A report will then be considered by Shropshire Council's cabinet on 22 May 2019.

Campaign for Better Transport: Bypasses don't work Weblink

Official analysis of existing schemes has shown that bypasses don't reduce traffic. Instead, they encourage more people to drive and often just move the problem a few miles away.

Campaigners celebrate victory over dangerous road

A narrow Shrewsbury street, described as one of the town’s most dangerous roads for pedestrians and vehicles, has secured approval to switch permanently to one-way thanks to the campaigning work of residents and the area’s Green Party councillor Julian Dean.

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