Kent Green Party has condemned the transport policies of Kent County Council as an 'overall failure.' Stuart Jeffery, Chair of Kent Green Party, explains:
"Obesity and avoidable illness are made worse in Kent by levels of car
use. If we are serious about reducing the impact of avoidable health
problems on the NHS, we have to make walking and cycling the most popular
means of transport(1).
"But, out of 20 publications and submission Kent Green Party has compiled
since early 2010, 10 are on transport since the policies of Kent County
Council are a perverse concoction of pollution creating, road building and
other money wasting fallacies(2). We judge that KCC’s transport policies
are an overall failure in every aspect.
"Our County could be a quieter, cleaner and healthier place. But this
cannot happen without policies to systematically reduce traffic levels.
Kent Green Party wants:
1. A fight for lower rail and bus fares(3);
2. Allocation of resources away from road building and widening
towards improving cycling and walking routes and creating better
long-distance networks for both;
3. Improved Green Travel Plans for all workplaces;
4. Support for a rapid increase in the number of charging points for
5. Promotion of higher Air Passenger Duty to encourage more use of
rail for getting into Europe and travelling within the UK, instead of more
aircraft polluting our environment and making more noise each year"
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Stuart Jeffery, Chair, KENT GREEN PARTY
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1. Stuart Jeffery is the national Health spokesperson for the Green
Party of England and Wales.
2. Government policies clearly contribute also. SEE:
http://www.kentgreenparty.org/publications.php KCC favours road-building,
despite evidence that induced traffic generation fills up new road
infrastructure making it worthless as a means of relieving congestion
other than temporarily; it also favours airport expansion at Manston, port
expansion without appropriate safeguards to reduce air pollution, and
grossly inadequate cycling and walking routes throughout Kent.
3. Rail fares are roughly 40% above the European average in the UK.
In 2011, the complete social and environmental costs of car travel were
about £56 billion, making the current subsidy to private motorists in the
UK about £24 billion a year after taxes. But from 2001-2011, rail fares
increased 62% in real terms and bus fares by 69%, whilst revenue from
motoring taxes has actually decreased during the last ten years. So it
isn’t motorists who are hard done by, it is rail and bus users.( p3
Institute for Public Policy Research The War on Motoring: myth and
This must include road spending and the costs of A&E and policing, as well
as the health costs of air pollution which kills about 29,000 people a
year in the UK. SEE: Air Pollution: the invisible killer