Photo: Jerome Thomas, Green metro mayor candidate with Sandy in Whitchurch
I pledge to scrap the planned South Bristol Ring Road if elected as Mayor of Bristol, and to use the funds for better green transport alternatives.
The only sector where our carbon emissions are rising is transport and yet Labour and the Conservatives still insist on building new roads, despite the negative impact they have on communities and the natural world. We are in a climate emergency, so why aren’t these parties acting like it?
The South Bristol Ring Road is a prime example of their out-of-touch thinking. They’re trying to steamroller it through, despite massive local opposition. These four miles of road will cut through the green belt, increase traffic through Stockwood and Whitchurch, increase air pollution and do little to free up traffic elsewhere. That’s an awful use of £200 million.
It really is the wrong answer to our traffic problems and has to stop for the sake of our communities, our open spaces and our future. We need a new way of thinking.
Creating green, convenient alternatives to car journeys is possible with the right leadership. If I am elected Mayor I will work with the WECA Mayor to repurpose our road-building budget to build hundreds of miles of dedicated cycle lanes and make improvements to pavements and high streets.
I will also invest in public transport. The cost of the South Bristol Ring Road could pay for the second phase of the Bristol Metrobus, which has already persuaded many people to swap their car journey for the bus. These options are vital to creating liveable neighbourhoods.
Bristol Green Party led the council’s declaration of a climate emergency and has consistently fought for the action we need to start making a real difference. But we have been stopped by the Labour Mayor, who clearly supports the expansion of Bristol Airport and continues to support road-building in the region.
We have a choice in Bristol to vote for business as usual or for the change we need to tackle the climate emergency. I will put our communities, people and nature first to make sure our city recovers and thrives.