Friday, 26 September 2014

Lib Dems welcome return to city decisions on transport

Cambridge Liberal Democrats have welcomed the return of a system which allows Cambridge councillors to make transport decisions that affect their residents.

They have heralded the return of the newly constituted Cambridge Joint Area Traffic Committee which also gives residents and organisations a say on traffic issues in their local area.

Newly-elected chair Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Amanda Taylor who represents Queen Edith’s said: “'I am delighted to have been elected the chair and even more delighted that Cambridge people will be taking decisions on Cambridge traffic matters.

“I am looking forward to working with councillors and residents to make Cambridge traffic move more smoothly. The big benefit of having local people involved is that they know their area best, so the decisions are made on sound evidence.”

The original Joint Area Traffic Committee was scrapped by Conservative Councillors in favour of traffic issues being decided by the Tory Cabinet leaving Cambridge matters in the hands of people who hadn’t been elected to serve the city.

Now its membership includes councillors representing Cambridge residents, drawn from both the city and county councils .

The new committee had its first meeting this week giving residents and organisations the chance to air their views on cycle parking in Thoday Street, two-way cycling on one-way streets and facilities for National Express coach passengers.