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Lib Dems respond to Harrogate congestion survey results

August 22, 2019 9:26 PM
Results of the Harrogate Congestion Survey have shown that residents resoundingly rejected the option of a relief road in favour of more substainable ways of reducing congestion on our local roads.
Nidd Gorge
Judith Rogerson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Harrogate & Knaresbough said:
"The results of the survey leave no doubt that a relief road is not the right solution to deal with traffic congestion around Harrogate. The public response rejecting that option can't possibly be ignored by the decision makers. They now need to put together a plan that allows us to travel around the district in a green and efficient way. That can only be done if there is an affordable, reliable alternative to cars. Cutting congestion goes hand in hadn't with reducing carbon emissions, something that is critical for the future of our planet. This is an opportunity for Harrogate district to lead the way in showing other towns and cities how this can be done - let's not waste it!"
HBC Group leader Cllr Pat Marsh has highlighted the importance of investiging in public transport saying, "We need to develop new bus services to serve all our residents cost effective and regular to encourage people to come out of their cars." She added that, "If we built more social housing then those low paid workers can live and work here instead of the adding to congestion. Also staggered school times would help."
Lib Dem Group leader on NYCC Cllr Geoff Webber commented that:
"I am pleased to see that the executive member at NYCC does not intend to pursue the option of a relief road given the overwhelming public opposition to it. I hope this will not jeopardise government funding for other traffic reduction measures and look forward to examining other proposals."
NYCC Councillor for Knaresborough, Cllr David Goode, has previously campaigned against a Nidd Gorge relief road. He said:
"I'm delighted with the outcome of this Consultation. A road through the Nidd George would have been an environmental disaster. It's now important that we all put our support behind the development of a sustainable transport programme for our district. For this to a be a success there is no escaping the fact that we all need to use our cars less. So we all need to walk more, for those able ride bikes, and to use public transport. Personally I recognise I need to change my behaviour. I hope the majority of people across the district feel the same way."