National, regional and local economies have all been weakened by Covid, with our service sector and tourist industry taking a major hit, connectivity including transport still lags behind and needs resourcing, and our ageing infrastructure needs to be rebuilt if we are to create new jobs and opportunities for our unemployed and our young people
Integral to our plan is providing a safe, carbon efficient, and high-quality transport system, increasing the facilities for cyclists, attending to our neglected roads and pavements, cycle routes and public transport. The future requires that we abandon the use of fossil fuels and relegate petrol and diesel driven vehicles to history. The County Council must take the lead.
Our transport plans include:
Introduce county-wide electric vehicle charge scheme by 2023, and no new home should be built without one.
All council vehicles to be zero emission by 2029 by securing a pool of electric cars for staff business use.
Support for rural public transport with a council owned bus company motivated by service, not profit, with buses to be ultra-low emission by 2025. We will start with a demand-scoping exercise on where priority demand is for bus routes.
Re-enable the use of concessionary bus passes on community transport.
Encourage cycling with electric bike grants and more cycle lanes, improve cycling infrastructure and maintain existing routes.
Implement more 20mph areas where they are supported by residents and couple these to the Quiet Lanes project.
Lobby for more direct rail freight network investment to our port.
Investigate alternative options to relieve the northern traffic inflow into Ipswich, such as more park and rides into town, improvements for cyclists, better traffic management, and possibly a second Orwell crossing, rather than the expensive and environmentally ruinous Northern Bypass.
In just over two weeks all voters in Suffolk will get to elect 75 County Councillors to run Suffolk Council until 2025 and a new Police & Crime Commissioner.
In the next few days registered voters will receive their postal vote packs for these forthcoming elections
The County Council takes over 75% of the council tax you pay. These elections are important and will impact every household in Suffolk. Some of the County's responsibilities include road and pavement maintenance, highways safety, street lighting, education, young and elderly people in care and the fire and rescue service. It is also the flood relief authority. The new Police & Crime Commissioner will help to set the priorities and strategy for policing and tackling crime.
Getting Suffolk Back on Its Feet - a place to learn, work and do business
As we emerge from the pandemic, massively mishandled by the Government, we have to look at rebuilding our society with a radical new approach from local authorities. "Business as usual" just will not do.
Liberal Democrats have a sustainable plan for Suffolk -we believe that it deserves your support.
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