Published — 22 May, 2019
MP to lead Nidderdale Greenway ‘sustainable transport’ walk
Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, is to draw attention to sustainable transport measures in North Yorkshire County Council’s Harrogate Congestion Study this weekend. Mr Jones will lead a ‘sustainable transport walk’ along the route of the Nidderdale Greenway from Bilton Lane to Ripley. At Ripley, Mr Jones and his team will return to Harrogate on the 36 bus.
The Greenway and the area around the Nidd Gorge is part of the Relief Road Corridor – a section of land allocated for a potential new road between Thistle Hill in Knaresborough and Ripley. Mr Jones has consistently opposed the proposal instead favouring sustainable transport options.
Mr Jones commented: “I want to highlight what we could be jeopardising should respondents to the survey fail to support the sustainable transport measures. The Nidd Gorge and surrounding countryside are home to five ancient woodlands, 80 species of birds, 30 kinds of reptiles, mammals and amphibians as well as plants, fungi and flowers unique to ancient woodlands.
“It is alarmist to suggest that these species will be wiped out by the new road but I think it is fair to say that the eco-system in this area will be badly harmed and these natural habitats seriously damaged. The physical road and its construction will cause irreversible damage and exhaust emissions and litter will be an ongoing threat to the distinctive plants and animals in the area.”
“The great thing about the congestion survey though is that we can choose a better way. We can show North Yorkshire County Council that we support sustainable transport measures – park and ride, electric vehicles, bus priority, segregated cycle ways and a variety of other schemes. We should not pretend that sustainable transport is the easy option. It requires significant investment not only in terms of cash but also in terms of changes to our travel behaviour.
Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate & Knaresborough
“Reducing congestion, making our air cleaner and making sustainable transport work will be a joint endeavour between local people, businesses, schools and local councils. When you consider what will be gained – cleaner air, healthier communities, preserved and enhanced natural habitats – it is one of the most worthwhile joint endeavours our community can undertake.”
The walk will begin at 10am, Saturday 25 May at the Bilton Lane entrance to the Nidderdale Greenway. Anyone wishing to support sustainable transport and preserve the natural habitats around the Nidd Gorge is welcome to join.
Residents can take part in the County Council’s Congestion Survey at https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/harrogate-congestion-engagement.
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