Dawn Primarolo MP's response to constituents regarding the Government's Road Investment Strategy:
"Thank you for contacting me recently regarding the Government’s Road Investment Strategy (RIS) and the related campaign by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
I agree that more should be done to ensure walking, cycling and public transport are viable alternatives to the private car. I support investment in new and improved cycling and walking routes and also additional road safety measures to make journeys safer for pedestrians and cyclists. I also want to see greater integration of public transport in cities like Bristol which must be reliable, affordable, and comprehensive in its coverage.
I believe it is vital that proposals on improving the road network are sensitive to the environment, our climate change commitments and local communities. The RIS allocates around £400 million for environmental measures and improving air quality and a further £500 million for encouraging cycling, research into new technologies, housing and growth. I welcome this, however, there has been little detail on precisely how this money will be spent, so the Government's plans need careful scrutiny.
Labour MPs have been looking these issues as the Government’s Infrastructure Bill has been progressing through Parliament and I have written to the Transport Secretary to raise local residents’ concerns regarding the RIS.
Labour MP for Bristol South"