Elections

General Election, 2019: South Cambridgeshire

Summary: General Election, December 2019
Polling date: Thursday 12th December 2019
Constituency:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Anthony BROWNE  (Conservative Party)
  • Dan GREEF  (Labour Party)
  • Ian SOLLOM  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for South Cambridgeshire constituency candidates (5 questions)

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# Question 1

There is a lot of political support for cycling locally. However, funding is inconsistent. As an MP, what would you do to ensure that money is available to meet the capital expenditure ambitions of councils and ensure that cycle facilities are maintained?

Anthony BROWNE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Dan GREEF
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ian SOLLOM
(Liberal Democrat)

The demand for good quality segregated cycleways across the constituency is huge. The issue gets raised in even the smallest remote villages and not just in the urban areas. So many people in South Cambridgeshire are used to cycling as a normal part of their daily routine, and we know there is much more pent-up demand. As a member of GCP Joint Assembly, I have been involved in the development of capital investment in cycleways, like the Greenways and the improvements around Addenbrooke’s, and I believe we can go much further, both in terms of length of track and quality.
While we have a good amount of capital investment at the moment, we have suffered from uncertainty of capital funding in the past, and we also have very little idea about how to maintain all the cycleways that we are building.
When elected, I will make it a priority to meet relevant transport ministers and DfT civil servants to discuss how to ensure continuity of capital funding, how to increase the amounts invested, how to raise standards and how to get protected maintenance revenues.

# Question 2

Roads belonging to Highways England surround Cambridge and cut through the countryside forming barriers. What can be done to improve the attitude of the agency towards walking & cycling provision along and across their routes?

Anthony BROWNE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Dan GREEF
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ian SOLLOM
(Liberal Democrat)

The new sections of the A14 are bringing significantly better provision for people on bikes. It will now be feasible to get from Bar Hill, for example, to Cambridge. But there are many weak links in the design, notably at the roundabouts on the local road. We will have the chance to fix some on the A428 upgrade plans, and there will be further opportunities on the A10 and A505. But it is vital that we get DfT and Highways England bought into decent standards. This will need a concerted effort by myself, the local councils and the other MPs in the area.

# Question 3

There are incentives to buy electric cars, but not for alternatives such as e-bikes and electric cargo bikes. Should there be a role for government here?

Anthony BROWNE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Dan GREEF
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ian SOLLOM
(Liberal Democrat)

I am campaigning on this issue during the election. E-bikes have so much potential to transform mobility and widen the number of people using bikes to get around. With an e-bike, making regular journeys of 5-10 miles or more becomes a possibility for so many more people. This will be especially important in South Cambs, where we are building new houses in locations that are many miles from workplaces and that currently have poor public transport. I think that active government support, for example in the form of loans, will be a huge boost to e-bike take up.
Electric cars will be an important part of the future transport system, but they do not in themselves solve a lot of the current problems, like congestion, harm to public spaces and overall energy consumption. We’ve currently got the balance wrong and I will be fighting to right it in favour of bikes, in particular electric ones of all types.

# Question 4

Incidents of dangerous driving and cycle theft in Cambridgeshire are continuing to increase and it is widely known that there is little the police will do about this due to a lack of resources. What should the government do to keep people safe while cycling?

Anthony BROWNE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Dan GREEF
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ian SOLLOM
(Liberal Democrat)

The most effective thing we can do to keep cyclists safe is to build segregated and attractive cycling infrastructure. Getting the police to take dangerous driving more seriously would at least reassure people that they will be supported if something happens - though whether that would result in better driving is less clear.
The numbers of thefts from the Cambridge station cycle park is quite shocking, as is the inability of the security set up to help victims catch thieves and retrieve their bikes. I would encourage the police to work closely with the operators of the cycle park to improve surveillance and deterrents to thieves.

# Question 5

For any of the above, how will you help to shape policies should you find that your party is not in government - what effective role can an opposition MP have here?

Anthony BROWNE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Dan GREEF
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ian SOLLOM
(Liberal Democrat)

Given the extent to which cycling issues are ignored at national level - whether the topic is transport, health or the environment - having an MP who can persistently raise cycling during policy debates and lobby ministers will be very effective, whatever the composition of the government. There needs to be a change in mindset across Westminster and Whitehall. To do anything about this will need cross-party work.

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