Oxfordshire council candidates declare war on car emissions
The majority of candidates for this week's council elections in Oxfordshire support more greener transport policy.
According to a survey conducted by the Coalition of Healthy Streets and Active Travel (CoHSAT), 97% of the council candidates agreed that it was essential to reduce local transport emissions by making it zero carbon. In addition 80% of candidates opposed any major road expansion in the region.
Furthermore, 98% of the candidates supported the necessity of prioritising investment in active travel on disadvantaged communities.
All four main parties - Lib Dems, Conservatives, Labour and Greens - have included a more environmentally-friendly transport agenda as part of their local election pledges. The Conservatives for example have pledged to make the council carbon neutral by 2030, whereas Lib Dems have supported expanding Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
Such support for greener transport policies is not surprising, as evidenced by Oxford's large amount of hybrid buses and also by the fact that the city has the second highest percentage of people cycling to work in the UK.