King's Lynn's Hardings Way should remain a bus-only route, Lynn News letters
Although this will only go partway to redress the devastating effects of Government austerity policies, which have devastated rural bus services with no Sunday or off-peak services on many routes, it is nevertheless very welcome.
We need to move towards more environmentally sound transport policies, in order to reduce congestion on the roads, improve road safety, and reverse the ever increasing medical problems caused by traffic pollution – such as the alarming increase in the incidence of asthma in children.
Unfortunately, the Prime Minister’s Conservative colleagues in the Cabinet of King’s Lynn Council seem to be determinedly moving in the opposite direction.
While the Government will be spending public money in producing new safe cycle paths, the council wants to downgrade one important one we already have. Hardings Way has, despite the misinformed beliefs of a few, always only allowed buses, emergency and other authorised vehicles to use the road, and so has become a safe passage for bicycles, pedestrians and infants on the way to school, all of whom would otherwise have to take the risks of London Road.
The proposed investment in buses is intended to encourage people out of their cars by increasing frequency and reducing fares. Here again, the council is facing the wrong way – to abandon the bus-only status of Hardings Way would produce congestion and lengthen bus transit times.
At least Boris Johnson is known to have ridden a bicycle. When Mayor of London he developed the policy initiated by his predecessor Ken Livingstone, and introduced hire bicycles, which can conveniently be picked up at one point and left at another. It is past time some of our councillors abandoned their anti-diluvian outlooks,and started to seek more healthy and sustainable ways of doing things. Otherwise the outlook is bleak.