UMP host transport and air quality hustings for candidates for Mayor of the West of England

UMP host transport and air quality hustings for candidates for Mayor of the West of England

Eman Martin-Vignerte from Bosch, a member of UMP, addresses the candidates

Ahead of the Mayoral and Local Elections on 6 May 2021, the Urban Mobility Partnership (UMP) has engaged with candidates in the West of England and across the country to discuss important air quality and transport issues and how innovative ideas can create a sustainable multi modal transport system that is fit for the future and places the consumer at its heart .

On Tuesday 20 April, UMP hosted an hour and a half long hustings event with candidates for Mayor of the West of England Combined Authority: Dan Norris,(Labour), Jerome Thomas (Green), Samuel Williams (Conservative) and Stephen Williams (Liberal Democrat). During the event, each candidate outlined their vision for improving transport in the West of England and debated questions from key stakeholders and members of the public from across the region. There was a clear consensus from candidates that more must be done to improve and transform transport in the West of England. Candidates declared their commitment to improving bus services, better access to transport in rural areas and prioritising active travel and car clubs to reduce private car use.

The hustings event was chaired by Chris Pritchett, Head of Energy and Future Mobility at Foot Anstey, who are a member of UMP.

Candidates answered questions on three key transport and air quality topics: promoting shared and active travel; improving connectivity and regenerating urban centres; and clean air zones and innovative transport solutions. Candidates debated these key issues and discussed how they plan to: increase incentives and facilities for walking and cycling; support bike sharing schemes and better access for non-cyclists; improve bus services and their access to high streets; tackle congestion and the lack of public transport in rural areas; level up the region; unlock funding for clean air zones; encourage innovative and collaborative working; and promote car clubs. Other questions raised the important role of micro mobility and reducing car use in urban centres.

It was fantastic to hear each candidate’s ambitious vision for transport in the West of England and their commitment to address key transport issues. We were delighted to have received such interest from candidates and stakeholders for this event and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend. It was great to hear that candidates share UMP’s vision to transform travel to make it more sustainable and accessible for communities across the region. UMP wish all the candidates the best of luck in the upcoming West of England Mayoral election and we very much look forward to working with whichever candidate is elected to develop a new future for transport in the West of England.

You can watch the full hustings event to hear each candidate’s clear vision and stance on crucial transport and air quality issues below: