Will Harlow follow Wales’ example as all new road building projects stopped?
General / Tue 22nd Jun 2021 at 02:30pm
ALL new road-building projects in Wales are being frozen while the Welsh government conducts a review.
Ministers want to shift money from new roads to maintaining existing routes and investing in public transport.
Many may want Harlow and East Herts District Councils to follow suit. That is to say, improve existing road structures as opposed to building an infrastructure for a four lane highway right across much cherished beauty spot on the River Stort.
The Tories said the decision in Wales was a “significant blow for our recovery” and that more information was needed.
Meanwhile Plaid Cymru said the review cannot mean communities that need “long overdue infrastructure investment are left behind”.
Deputy Climate Change Minister Lee Waters is due to announce the review in the Welsh Parliament on Tuesday afternoon.
Wales is aiming to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
But to reach that, Mr Waters argued that people in Wales need to increase emissions cuts.
He said: “Within the next 10 years, we have to achieve double what we’ve achieved in the last 30 years. Transport generates something like 17% of all our emissions, so it has to play its part.
“I want to spend more money on maintaining the roads we have, and to spend money on making public transport a realistic alternative for people.
“If we can hit these climate change targets, that’s got to change. That means redirecting investment.
“If we carry on going as we’re going, we’re not going to hit net zero until 2090. At the very latest scientists tell us we have until 2050 to stop this running out of control.”
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