solution to Liverpool's multi million pound problem
4 out of 5 of
your local journeys should be sustainable by 2020 to help country
out of recession says Sustrans. A 'perfect storm'
cuts in public spending, rising congestion costs and soaring health
bills from obesity could overwhelm government priorities unless
action is taken sustainable transport charity Sustrans has warned.
Traffic levels and congestion are projected to continue rising over
the next decade, meanwhile significant reductions in transport
spending will place severe pressure on transport budgets and so
cheaper alternatives to large road building schemes are needed.
A 10 year target to double the number of local journeys made on
foot, by bike and by public transport in Liverpool is necessary to
weather the recession says Sustrans.
"If we continue with the approach to transport we've followed
for the last 30 years we face gridlock. We need to re-think the ways
we make everyday journeys" Peter Foster, Sustrans' Regional
Director in the north west of England said.
Primary Care Trust Liverpool pays more than £10million annually
dealing with the consequences of physical inactivity. But, a
different approach to transport planning could help make radical
cuts in spending from the public purse and transform lives. An
expansion of the programme of personalised travel planning in
Liverpool - giving residents direct information about walking and
cycling routes and public transport services - could slash car use
by up to 14% and cost just £3.7million which is equivalent to around
£20 per household. By contrast, a staggering £137million has been
estimated as the cost of building less than 5km of the proposed M6
link road at Heysham near Lancaster.
Personalised Travel Planning would also make for a more active
population, helping to lower levels of obesity in Liverpool. 2010 is
Liverpool's Year of Health and Wellbeing, which is encouraging
people to build small actions into their daily lives to improve
health. Making more active everyday journeys is an easy and cheap
way of doing just that.
Peter Foster continued:- "Cycling, walking and public
transport journeys currently account for just two out of every five
journeys under five miles. This needs to be doubled over the next
Large cuts in transport budgets over the next few years are
inevitable. Government will not be able to afford expensive roads
schemes. But unless action is taken to reduce traffic our roads will
fill up and the cost of congestion will keep rising too. Add in the
rocketing costs of obesity resulting from sedentary lifestyles and
the cost is enormous."
Sustrans is calling for action to get more people walking, cycling
and using public transport in the following ways:-
► Encourage people to change their travel behaviour
► Create safe,
attractive walking and cycling conditions
► Increase public
transport usage by improving and integrating services and reducing
► Ensure that
planning policy and practice reduce the need to travel
► Reform taxation and
increase spending on sustainable travel
Over the coming months the charity will be using its call to action
to target decision makers in central and local governments across
the UK. Further information about Sustrans, including other
news releases and detailed online route mapping, is available
MEP says cancelled train is
of plans to build a £7.5 billion fleet of new high speed trains has
been given an unexpected warm welcome by a Southport Euro-MP.
Transport secretary Lord Adonis has announced the “postponement” of
the Inter-city express procurement programme intended to build 1,400
new vehicles to replace ageing trains. But Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies says that the plans are now almost certain to be
scrapped and claims that it is the right decision even though
millions in design fees will have been wasted.
“If a camel is a horse designed by a committee this new train
was proving to be a camel with two humps,” he said.
“The idea was dreamt up by civil servants, combined electric and
diesel traction in one train and did neither of the jobs well.
Millions have been invested already, but Britain would have ended up
with a train that would have been second rate by European
Davies heaped praise on the transport secretary for a decision he
described as brave. “Sometimes it is best to buck the
trend and admit to mistakes. Andrew Adonis inherited this project
from his predecessors, but has faced down his officials and allowed
the next government to start afresh.
He is proving the best transport secretary this country has ever
Failed Scheme to Profit from European Capital of Culture Status
of State for Business, Innovation & Skills has presented a petition
in the High Court to wind up European Property Management Ltd. in
the public interest. The company sold shares in itself to the
general public, with the intention of raising funds to invest in
property in cities with upcoming European Capital of Culture status,
thereby benefitting from a surge in property values associated with
the award. The petition to wind up the company was presented
following an investigation carried out by Companies Investigation
Branch under section 447 of the Companies Act 1985 (as amended).
The Official Receiver has been appointed provisional liquidator of
European Property Management Ltd. The role of the provisional
liquidator is to protect assets in the possession or under the
control of the company pending the determination of the petition.
The provisional liquidator also has the power to investigate the
affairs of the company insofar as it is necessary to protect the
assets including any third party or trust monies or assets in the
possession of or under the control of the company. The case is
now subject to High Court action and no further information will be
made available until the petition is heard in the High Court on 11
NEXT OF KIN APPEAL - HARRY FLETCHER
Coroner's Office are appealing for the next of kin of a man found
dead in his city centre home last Thursday, 25 February 2010, to
come forward. Harry Fletcher, aged 79, was found dead in his
flat in London Road by neighbours. There are no suspicious
circumstances surrounding his death. Mr Fletcher is believed
to have been born in Yorkshire but moved to Merseyside at some stage
and worked at a chemical factory in Vauxhall, before retiring. The
coroner's office is now trying to trace his next of kin. Any next of
kin, or anyone who knows of his next of kin, is asked to contact
Liverpool Coroners Office on:- 0151 233 4706.