Majority of Oxfordshire councillors back car ban plans to introduce ‘quiet streets’

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A new survey from the coalition for Healthy Streets and Active Travel (CoHSAT) found the majority would back plans to update travel structures to help the environment. Out of the councillors who took part in the poll, 97 percent agreed immediate action was needed from local transport to reduce air pollution.

This answer included the possibility of one day making transport zero carbon.

A massive 98 percent also agreed there was a need to prioritise investment in active travel.

Meanwhile, 74 percent of councillors said they wanted to reduce the number of car parking spaces in towns and city centres.

Up to four-fifths of council candidates have also agreed there should be no major road expansions in the county over the next few years.

The majority of the responses to the poll came from candidates backed by the Green Party.

Experts said the lowest number of councillors pledging sustainable transport came from the Conservative Party.

However, all four main parties have pledged to tackle environmental concerns.

Due to the nature of this, it is likely transport infrastructure would be affected by any changes which are introduced.

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Simon Pratt, co-chair of CoHSAT, said tackling vehicle use would lead to “quiet streets”.

He said: “We have asked the candidates in the forthcoming elections to support our manifesto and address the pressing issues of the climate emergency, air pollution and traffic noise.

“We want everyone to be able walk and cycle for everyday trips on quiet streets and in liveable neighbourhoods.”

The Conservatives have pledged to make the council carbon neutral by 2030 including the establishment of zero-carbon vehicles for its nature fleet.

The Liberal Democrats have promised to support the introduction of more Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) schemes despite the controversies seen elsewhere.

Many LTN’s were invoiced in London last year and have since been ripped up after many appeals from residents.

Oxford’s Low Traffic Neighbourhoods hit headlines last month as new foldable bollards were installed.

The new bollards allow emergency service teams to cross the barriers with a special key.

The changes were made following reports an ambulance had problems getting to a patient because of fixed barriers.

The ambulance was forced to make a detour as the original route was “impassable” due to an LTN.

Meanwhile, Labour has also pledged to introduce more Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and to launch a new dial-a-ride bus service.

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