Blackpool recommends clean air zone for charging non-electric car drivers
Drivers of non-electric cars are expected to be charged to visit parts of Blackpool city center in the future, a new report recommends.
This suggestion is one of a series of measures proposed following the resort’s first Climate Assembly held earlier this year.
It also calls for more cycle and pedestrian lanes to enable the resort to become a pedestrian and cyclist friendly city by 2023.
About 40 residents participated in a series of discussions in January and February.
A list of recommendations has now been made to the Blackpool Council which declared a climate emergency in July 2019, committing it to work towards carbon neutrality in its departments and businesses by 2030, and across the city within a similar timeframe. .
A report submitted to the council states: “The Assembly wanted to be bold on transport, with clear objectives and a vision for a city that favors electric public transport, cycling and walking.
The proposals include that the council should “implement an ultra-low emissions zone in the city center by 2027, charging vehicles that are not electric for access.”
The Assembly also calls for new measures to include cheaper parking fees for electric vehicles, switch to a fully electric bus fleet and encourage companies to increase the availability of charging points.
The report said the council “should commit to making public transport the first choice for getting around and entering the city by 2022, making it more accessible, frequent and cheaper.”
He adds: “Blackpool is expected to set up a very low emission zone in the city center by 2027, charging cars that are not electric to enter the busiest area.
“An increase in the use of electric vehicles throughout the system should be encouraged.
“Companies need to increase the number of charging points they make available to their staff and customers to make it as easy as possible for people to use an electric vehicle on their own.
“There should be reduced parking fees for electric vehicles in the city center and a fleet of fully electric buses. Taxi companies need to be supported and rewarded to move to an electric fleet in the long term.
Public transport is expected to become “the first choice for getting around and getting to the city by 2022, making it more accessible, frequent and cheaper.
“To do this, costs across the system must be adjusted to make public transport desirable.
“Innovative approaches such as distance-based fares, free fares or time-based transfers are all worth exploring.
“By 2023, Blackpool is set to become a pedestrian and cyclist friendly city, with decent and accessible pedestrian lanes that feel safe and cycle lanes clearly marked by good infrastructure that cannot be supported by cars or parking. “
The Assembly also considered the environmental impact of the millions of visitors who come to Blackpool each year and said the council should “campaign for more frequent / faster electric train services” and park and ride service at the outskirts of the city center.
The report adds that attendees “had ideas to improve the way people visit Blackpool in a more carbon neutral way, acknowledging that many of them arrive by car from elsewhere.
“This included out-of-town park-and-ride parking and the campaign for more frequent and faster electric train services to major cities.
“They also wanted to make the electronic systems around public transport more reliable and transparent, including an appropriate investment in digital infrastructure around bus timetables and routes across the city.
“Other ideas included greater use of carsharing programs and public transport vouchers or subscription loans through employers. “
The recommendations are now being considered by council officers with the aim of producing a viable action plan.
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