Alex Cole-Hamilton has laid out a 5 point action plan to reduce emissions through Corstorphine and other parts of West Edinburgh after St John’s Road topped rankings as most polluted street in Scotland, with Queensferry road not far behind in a recent report.
With pollution levels recorded at nearly 50% over European safety standards, Lib Dem candidate for Edinbugh Western in the Scottish Parliament, Alex Cole-Hamilton has called on Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Government to take immediate action in the following 5 ways:
1: Regular (at least weekly) spot checks of vehicle emissions in St John’s Road and Queensferry Road by Council Enforcement officers with fines imposed on drivers with vehicles operating outside legal levels.
2: Accelerated roll out of and investment in electric and hybrid buses on all public transport routes.
3: A fundamental increase in investment in active travel across Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council area including improvements in the cycle path network and safe walking routes
4: A complete moratorium on house building on the greenbelt in West Edinburgh in order to prevent a further increase in congestion levels on arterial routes through West Edinburgh.
5: Increased investment in public transport links serving the airport and outlying villages, including a direct bus route to the city centre from Kirkliston and South Queensferry and the introduction of an airport bus along the Queensferry Road Corridor.
On launching the action plan, Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
“Pollution levels in Corstorphine and Queensferry Road are a national disgrace. They represent a clear and present threat to public health, yet the SNP, who have been in charge of this City and this country for nearly a decade, continue to drag their heels.
“Almost 2,000 Scots die prematurely each year as a result of vehicle emissions and nowhere is this risk more present than in communities that span the arterial routes into Edinburgh. Investment in my 5 point action plan will actually save our country money in the future in terms of reduced demand on health services and days lost to work through illness.”
Please show your support for Alex's 5 point plan at http://www.alexcolehamilton.org.uk/pollution