Majority of Oxfordshire councillors back car ban plans to introduce 'quiet streets'

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A new survey from the coalition for Healthy Streets and Active Travel (CoHSAT) found the majority would back plans to update travel structures to help the environment. Out of the councillors who took part in the poll, 97 percent agreed immediate action was needed from local transport to reduce air pollution.

Simon Pratt, co-chair of CoHSAT, said tackling vehicle use would lead to “quiet streets”.

He said: “We have asked the candidates in the forthcoming elections to support our manifesto and address the pressing issues of the climate emergency, air pollution and traffic noise.

“We want everyone to be able walk and cycle for everyday trips on quiet streets and in liveable neighbourhoods.”

The Conservatives have pledged to make the council carbon neutral by 2030 including the establishment of zero-carbon vehicles for its nature fleet.

The changes were made following reports an ambulance had problems getting to a patient because of fixed barriers.

The ambulance was forced to make a detour as the original route was “impassable” due to an LTN.

Meanwhile, Labour has also pledged to introduce more Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and to launch a new dial-a-ride bus service.

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