The Labour Group has for many years called for park and ride schemes in the city. This has featured in our local election manifestos. We also know that Brighton and Hove’s first ever climate assembly had the introduction of park and ride in its top ten recommendations.
The council agreed in July last year to support a Park and Ride Project feasibility study and the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee then sought a report on proposals for a scheme at Mill Road, Westdene.
At Full Council this week, Labour noted the delay of a report and urgently asked for an update report on the pilot park & ride scheme at Mill Road setting out the current position, as well as seeking progress on the feasibility study agreed by the council to explore other sites across the city.
Councillor Gary Wilkinson, Lead Spokesperson for Transport said;
“Whilst Park & Ride has never been expected to be the sole solution to Brighton & Hove’s transport issues, improving public transport in the city should be high on the agenda in order to achieve our aims of reducing congestion, improving local air quality, and supporting sustainable growth. We must work hard to make bus travel more efficient than ever before. Park and Ride will play a vital role in this, but it has to be part of a broader strategy for the city that gives choice for everybody. A comprehensive city-wide rapid transit system, plus measures to reduce the need to travel, will be essential to bringing this about.”
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