Warwickshire Green Party councillors put forward motion asking for transport plan to prepare county for 'low carbon future we need'

Green Party councillors on Warwickshire County Council will put forward a motion next week to urge the authority to agree to a transport plan which will give the area the low carbon future it needs.
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On Thursday (July 27) the council will vote on a new Local Transport Plan covering all journeys including roads, rail, bicycles and walking.

The Green Party's motion proposed by Cllr Keith Kondakor (Weddington) and seconded by Cllr Jonathan Chilvers (Leamington Brunswick) is based on the Conservative Government's key 'decarbonising transport' paper which wants "public transport and active travel to be the natural first choice for our daily activities".

Cllr Chilvers said: "We need a transport plan that enables us to get to work, school and leisure in a easy, healthy and safe way and this is Warwickshire County Council's opportunity to make it happen.

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"Grant Shapps MP, the Transport Secretary, has made clear that local leadership is vital.

"Will councillors from all parties show that they back a plan that prepares Warwickshire for the post-COVID, low carbon future we need?

"Please email your county councillor to ask them to vote for this."

Councils must produce a Local Transport Plan - the current Warwickshire one was completed in 2011 and is now considered out of date.

The motion asks for a transport plan in which public transport and active travel will be the natural first choice for people's daily activities.

It encourages the reduction in car use by 'supporting a convenient, cost-effective and coherent public transport network'.

It asks the authority to 'support actively moving towards a position where all road vehicles from motorcycles to HGVs will be zero emission' and to 'support technological advances, including new modes of transport and mobility innovation, to drive modal shift and change the way vehicles are used'.

It asks that all goods will be delivered through an integrated, efficient and sustainable delivery system

And it asks for 'the support of clean,place-based solutions that meet the needs of local people and champion the climate agenda through local leadership'.

It wants changes to and leadership of the council to make an important contribution to reducing national GHG emissions.

And it wants for Warwickshire 'to be an internationally recognised leader in environmentally sustainable, low carbon technology and innovation in transport'.

To view the council's papers on the Local Transport Plan click here.