I was encouraged to read (News, 20 February) Greater Cambridge Partnership’s (GCP’s) proposal to limit all buses in Cambridge city centre to zero emissions by 2025, and how this would fit into a wider plan for green transport including an expanded walking and cycling network.
However, I believe that it is too limited in its ambitions. Outside of Cambridge, much of rural Cambridgeshire is blighted by inadequate public transport. Limited buses makes everything hard. Hard to attend school or college, hard to take jobs with shift working, hard to have a social life outside the village. Unless you have a car.
So, what should we do about it? We should put an end to judging each bus route by whether it makes money. Instead, we should ask whether the whole system is making a difference to our economic and social well-being.
As the GCP has noted, buses make an important contribution to our Green ambitions. So I believe the full fleet in Cambridgeshire should be fully electric by 2030. Services should be cheaper and more frequent to encourage use and thus overcome current social isolation issues for our rural villages. I believe that our young people should have free travel just as our pensioners do. Finally, we need high quality footpaths and cycleways to support cycling and walking in our rural communities.
We must lead the way in Cambridgeshire in our environmental ambitions while also reconnecting our isolated rural communities.
Labour Party County Council Candidate, Fulbourn