Tuesday, 21 July 2009

ALTERNATIVES TO THE KENT INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 19th July 2009 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192

ALTERNATIVES TO KIG

Kent Green Party is opposed to the Kent International Gateway (KIG) proposals. Since KIG has attracted major public opposition and resistance from 15 Parish Councils, the County Council and Maidstone Borough Council, Kent Green Party is surprised this project has not been buried. Steve Dawe comments:

“The Kent International Gateway proposals will add 3400 lorry movements to the immediate vicinity of its proposed site. Since one Heavy Goods Vehicle does as much damage to roads in a year as 100,000 family-sized cars, the public is being expected to subsidise the costs of KIG in terms of road maintenance. I note that the project’s sponsor, AXA, is not proposing to pay a penny towards road infrastructure costs which will be caused by this development.

“After due consideration, Kent Green Party has established that there are alternatives to KIG which would reduce heavy goods vehicle movements in Kent. These include: charging foreign lorries to use UK roads, which is legal under the Eurovignette system; a number of rail-freight interchanges in London where existing railway land and under-utilised sidings permit; transfer of goods on to rail for trips both ways under the Channel; use of containers and container ports to move goods by ship and rail for as much of the journey as possible; reductions in movement of goods from countries with poor human rights records such as China, Israel, Burma and the Sudan; an end to the Common Agricultural Policy which includes the ludicrous ‘food swap’ in which the same foodstuffs are traded each way across borders.

“Such measures would fundamentally worsen the economics of KIG so that it ceased to be viable. They are also in line with the goal of reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions from transport.” C290 words

FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY – 01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above.

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