Friday, 12 June 2009

ROAD SAFETY, BUS AND CYCLE SCHEMES ALL UNDER THREAT

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 12th June 2009 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 079444 71083

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ROAD SAFETY, BUS AND CYCLE SCHEMES ALL UNDER THREAT

Kent Green Party is objecting to the Government making ‘the wrong cuts in the wrong places.’ The Government is planning cuts in local transport budgets which will undermine progress in road safety and bus and cycle schemes(1). Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party, comments:

“At a time when local councils all over Kent are contemplating reductions in staff, it now appears that essential road safety improvements and enhancements to bus and cycle schemes will be sacrificed by the Government. A profligate bail-out of the banks, the national ID card scheme no one wants and excessive defence spending have put public spending elsewhere under pressure. Since local government is already expected to make efficiency savings when staffing and services have been cut to the bone, these are definitely the wrong cuts in the wrong places.

“We cannot improve road safety without investment: 20 mph limits in residential areas would, for example, cut accidents by up to 60%. We cannot reduce greenhouse gas emissions without getting more people on to buses and bikes and away from their cars. With a rising and generally affluent population in Kent, our councils need to be able to take action to reduce urban traffic levels to cut air pollution and avoid gridlock. They cannot perform these essential functions if the Government does not have rational priorities. After the worst election results for Labour for nearly a century, it is time the present Government re-examined its spending priorities – or face the consequences in future elections.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair, KENT GREEN PARTY – 01732 355185 or 079444 71083. Contact address as above.

Notes:
1. The Guardian – 12th June 2009 and http://www.cssnet.org.uk/

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