Lib Dems want to hear views on Congestion Charging
Local Lib Dems are determined to ensure residents have their say over the city's congestion crisis, and feel Congestion Charging much be included as part of any consultation.
With Labour and the Conservatives seemingly intent on telling residents what's best for them, the Lib Dems are calling for a city-wide consultation on the best way to tackle congestion.
Here are the six ideas to combat congestion in the city.
- Congestion Charging - A peak hour congestion charge would reduce car traffic and provide funding for an excellent, affordable bus service and better road maintenance.
- Employer's parking levy - A charge on employers who provide car parking. We think its fundraising potential is good and would provide an important revenue source to subsidise public transport. Evidence shows it would have limited effect on congestion.
- Gating - Unlike Labour, the Lib Dems oppose this quota system on cars entering the city as it's unfair to non-city residents and ineffective as city-based cars would refill road space. Queuing cars would damage our local environment.
- Road closures - Segmenting the city with bollards, preventing passage round the inner ring road. Any whole sale scheme would displace traffic onto other city streets. However, physical restrictions in carefully selected areas could help.
- Restricted parking - Local residents' parking schemes are very important in some areas. Labour are telling residents that city-wide parking restrictions are needed, but have not carried out any consultation to see if this is widely wanted.
- Infrastructure - The City Deal should agree on congestion cutting measures before deciding whether new infrastructure, such as new bus lanes and cycle lanes, is needed. We also want tidal flow bus lanes, tunnelling and rail options investigated.