Monday, 20 January 2014

Transport Solutions winds up but new group to rise from ashes

Supporters at last week's Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe Information Night and Review of the Year congratulated the campaign group for battling to the end to prevent the destructive waste that will be the Heysham M6 Link road.

The meeting of the local campaign group at the Vale of Lune Rugby Club on Wednesday heard that the arguments against the road were as strong as ever.

“Lancashire County Council admits that the road will not solve Lancaster’s traffic problems” said David Gate, Chair of TSLM. “It will not relieve congestion. The journey time savings (five minutes, at peak times only), will be insignificant. The forecast of new jobs is an illusion.

“It will encourage car use and pollution, and worsen global warming,” he added, “at exactly the time we should be reducing it.”

The meeting agreed that the time had come to wind up TSLM, and move forward to another community group that will aim to make sure the Council carries out its undertakings, and not forget the promises it made to get the scheme approved; hold the Council to account to collect and publish the information so that the public can assess whether the benefits it promised (congestion relief, jobs) actually happen; and campaign for better, sustainable transport measures that will really benefit the people of the area.

People volunteered to organise a meeting to set up this new community group. Details will be announced.

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