Greens Call for Car Free
LIVERPOOL Green Party renew calls, and
say Rome and Paris have set examples to be followed.
Liverpool Green Party renewed calls to introduce a partial ban on cars
travelling into the City Centre on some Sundays, in a move echoed in Rome and
Paris this month.
The Mayor of Rome has made Sunday 'semi car free,' in order to increase air
quality, and promote public transport use, and Liverpool Green Councillors
believe the same idea should be put in place in Liverpool. The move follows
similar restrictions imposed in Paris, Athens, Brussels and other major Cities
around the world. "Liverpool already has some of the most polluted air in the region, and
the Council has done little to combat that. In fact, the Council have played a
part in adding to the problem by exceeding their own cap for City Centre car
parking spaces and allowing trees to be removed. What I'd like to see is an area around Liverpool
City Centre where cars
won't be allowed to enter on maybe one Sunday per month during the spring and
summer. We need to work with the bus companies to add a better, more reliable,
and cheaper bus service, encouraging people to travel into the City Centre by
public transport and giving people the opportunity to walk and cycle in when the
city has lower levels of emissions." said the leader of
Liverpool Green Party's Council group, Councillor Tom Crone.
Cllr Crone, who is Green Party candidate for Metro Mayor has said he would like
the bus companies to come under the authority of the Metro Mayor and has vowed
to work with them to ensure people across the City region are better served by
public transport and that prices are reviewed in line with other major Cities.
Cllr Crone has also raised concerns about emission levels across the region
pointing out that Councils need to act soon before more people suffer from
ill health in the Liverpool City Region. "It's fantastic to see Liverpool has been award ?3.4million to create a
green corridor, and myself and the Green Councillors are all for these
improvements. What we need to do, however, is to work with the relevant
authorities to ensure we see the maximum benefit from this green corridor, and
ensure we protect it. Reducing our emissions in the City Centre will go towards
this." added Cllr Crone.