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Conservatives failing on sustainable transport

September 9, 2021 10:01 AM
Originally published by Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats

Councillor Paul Zukowskyj (Hatield South)Conservatives are failing, across all levels of government, to deliver on promises to deliver sustainable transport solutions in Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire Lib Dems have learned that a £1bn infrastructure funding gap, to provide services and support for the expected 100,000 extra homes the Conservative government are demanding we build in Hertfordshire, is almost entirely made up from underfunded sustainable transport projects.

This is despite two areas of Hertfordshire, East Herts and Welwyn Hatfield, having no acknowledged strategic sustainable transport projects in their local plan.

Since Welwyn Hatfield's MP is also the Minister for Transport, the absence of any strategic sustainable transport projects in the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan demonstrates just how poor Conservative engagement with plans to deliver essential infrastructure to combat the Climate Emergency really is.

County Councillor Paul Zukowskyj, lead Lib Dem member on the Growth, Infrastructure and Planning cabinet panel, where the failure was revealed, commented: "The Climate Emergency demands novel solutions to transport challenges, yet the Conservatives seem bereft of any ideas and even the constituency of our Transport Minister is failing to deliver a single strategic project. The Conservative version of a Climate Emergency seems to mean producing lots of empty promises. They just don't seem to want to understand that our future depends on action now."