Exeter has some of the worst congestion in the UK, much of it due to the huge numbers of people who commute to the city by car from far and wide. The city’s heavy traffic makes local streets unpleasant and sometimes unsafe, causes serious air pollution and contributes to climate change. Greens want to see real action taken urgently to make Exeter a city where is it easy to live without owning a car.
Exeter City Council has produced many good words on transport issues, but has entirely failed to back these words with leadership or action. They have actively resisted taking actions that would make a real difference, such as lobbying Devon County Council to bring in a Work Place Parking Levy and a Cycling and Walking Plan, making all planning applications as bike and pedestrian-friendly as possible, and actively seeking to reduce traffic in the city.