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Question 6 - we asked:

The rising price of petrol, traffic congestion, the high cost of parking are a great concern for the public. How will you help the public to explore alternatives to the car? How will you give more choice to residents who think they have no choice but to use their car? What is your vision beyond the cycle of car-dependency?

We asked this question in these 4 divisions: Norman Cross, Roman Bank and Peckover, Sawston, The Hemingfords and Fenstanton.

9 of the 22 candidates (41%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

(Conservative Party)

Public transport has a role to play here, but sometimes the services that operate do not really meet the transport needs of local residents. This is where Cambridgeshire Future Transport has a role to play in consulting with local residents about their transport needs and finding better ways to meet those needs.

Planning also has a significant role in ensuring that homes and jobs are located close together so that transport needs are minimised and pedestrian and cycling solutions can play a more important role.

(Conservative Party)

I have no ambition to try and socially-engineer what transport method people choose to use. But working with people like yourselves I believe we can expand and improve the options available.

(Green Party)

From our national manifesto:
• Services (like schools and doctors) must be accessible. This means they must be easy and affordable to reach by public transport – and within walking distance in urban areas.
• To encourage walking and cycling for shorter journeys and improve road safety we would:
• Reduce speed limits (e.g. to 20mph in built-up areas, including villages).
• Make streets safe; make them public spaces again. Plan for mixed-use developments where shops, housing and businesses are closely located and connected by pavements and cycleways.
• Introduce a maximum speed limit of 55mph on motorways and trunk roads, and 40mph on rural roads, to make them safer for all road users.
• Introduce schemes such as Home Zones, Safe Routes to School and pedestrianisation.
• Ensure that at least 10% of transport spending is on securing a shift to more active travel like walking and cycling. Reallocate the £30 billion the Government has earmarked for road-building over the next 10 years. Spend the money on a programme of investment in public transport over the Parliament.
• Provide affordable, cheaper local transport that is accessible to those with disabilities by investing in buses and subsidising some routes. Make public transport public.
• Reregulate bus services nationally.
• Assist businesses with green workplace travel plans.
• Give higher priority to railways and plan for a growing railway network.
• Open additional stations on existing routes.
• Invest in new Light Rapid Transit systems (using appropriate technologies).
• Simplify fares for all public transport, with discounted fares for off-peak journeys and for those with low incomes.
• Support free local transport for pensioners.
• Return the railways, tube system and other light railway systems, including both track and operations, to public ownership.
• We would make the cost of private cars more effectively mirror their environmental cost to wider society:
• Abolish car tax and replace it with a purchase tax on new cars that reflects their emissions. That way we would affect the types of car chosen at the time that matters, when they are bought new.
• Prioritise public transport, then if necessary work towards the introduction of road pricing schemes like the London congestion charge.

Adrian John FRENCH
(Labour Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
(Labour Party)

The two main things are to improve the quality and frquency of public transport and to improve the safety and convenience of cycling

Michael Thomas KILPATRICK
(Liberal Democrat)

As a car driver myself, I am inherently lazy, as are many people. Anyone who denies that is a liar. Perhaps it might seem draconian, but could it not become an offence to drive a vehicle on a journey of less than one mile without due need? People default to the easiest option: they hop in the car for a quick trip to the village shop because it's 10 minutes quicker than walking/cycling.

We cannot provide choice without subsidising other means of transport or investing in better footpaths and cycleways. If the money were available, I would ensure that it be spent on such things.

(Liberal Democrat)

I think we all share a form of car dependency,don't we?
Some of us only minor,but for most it is acute.I think we really need to promote all the different types of cycling activities,and make the cyclists journey alot safer.
I have always enjoyed cycling and been amazed at some of the human powered vechical <hpv> searches i have done in the past,you would be amazed too.
Bradley Wiggins boosted cycle sales last year during the olympics,i think the Tour de France in Cambridge will do too ,but more needs to be done more regulary .A Fenland Tour perhaps? Annually? Prizemoney?
School time trials? many many ideas,email me .

(Liberal Democrat)

Congestion on the A14 can immediately be greatly improved by banning Commercial Vehilces at rush hours and providing truck services both at East of Cambridge and west of Brampton. CVs should also be banned from using the outside lanes & from overtaking. The guided bus service should be expanded further, with more buses and routes. More pedestrianisation of our town centres should be introduced.

Alan LAY
(UK Independence Party)

Education from child hood is the first start, Teach the child to teach their parents.

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