At last night’s meeting of the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee, Labour Councillors pushed for more traffic calming measures to reduce road traffic accidents.
We backed residents who brought forward petitions asking for traffic calming measures in their communities.
Residents shouldn’t have to battle for safe crossings, and we want to see the council’s default position to be a presumption in favour of crossings and traffic calming measures when residents ask for them.
At the committee meeting, Labour Councillors were also pleased to support the ‘Pedestrian Crossing Priority Programme’, to make our streets safer by installing more crossings.
We believe this goes hand in hand with the updated road danger reduction strategy we asked for earlier this year, to make our roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
We were disappointed to see our Conservative colleagues opposing safer streets by voting against more pedestrian crossings, however.
Fortunately, they were outvoted, and we will continue to push for measures that target road danger and help to ensure children are able to independently walk to school.
Labour also supported measures for more tree planting, active travel infrastructure and rewilding at the meeting on Tuesday.