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City Councillors back Lib Dem Park & Ride proposals

March 22, 2019 12:15 PM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat proposals for a network of Park & Rides in Southampton are a step closer to becoming reality, after Labour and Conservative councillors gave their support to the scheme.

Our calls for a Park & Ride scheme for the city were reported in the Daily Echo last October, and now form part of the "Connected Southampton - Transport Strategy 2040" plans.

As reported in today's Echo, the document also includes proposals for more integrated transport solutions and cycle network.

Southampton Lib Dem Environment Spokesperson Alexander Clifton-Melhuish commented:
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"I'm thrilled that the City Council is taking our Park & Ride campaign seriously, and that both Labour and Conservative councillors are getting behind the plans. But until those plans are delivered, Southampton Liberal Democrats will continue to hold the Council's feet to the fire.

"After publicly bickering this week and forcing the Green Charter to be pulled - meaning a delay to projects designed to clean up Southampton's environment and dirty air - I welcome this show of unity in supporting Lib Dem demands for Park & Ride."

"Acting to improve our air quality is not just an environmental matter - the health of some of our most vulnerable residents is suffering through the inaction of this Labour-run council."

Southampton City Council's own figures state that 'over 100 deaths a year in Southampton are attributed to long-term exposure to air pollution'. Young children and the elderly are most affected.

Bassett campaigner Richard Blackman added:
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"Our Park & Ride proposal has been very popular on the doorsteps, and many residents have signed our petition calling for a Park & Ride scheme for the city.

"Residents are also telling us of their frustration that neither the Labour-run council, nor the Conservative opposition, appear to be taking their air quality concerns seriously.

"The city deserves better, and Southampton Liberal Democrats demand better."

You can still sign our petition supporting a Park & Ride scheme here: soton.lib.dm/ParkandRide