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Public meeting to be held on sustainable travel

Opportunities to create a sustainable transport system will be discussed at a free online public meeting on Wednesday, September 8.

A panel of expert local speakers, including Councillor Carol Kambites, the deputy mayor of Stonehouse, will talk about their work to improve bus and rail services to reduce the over-reliance on cars that have helped push CO2 emissions in this country to unsustainable levels.

The meeting, from 7.30pm-9pm is open to everyone and there will be opportunities to ask questions. 

This will be the latest in Stroud District Green Party's regular Cloud Café discussion forums, which address a wide variety of topics related to the environment and social justice. Elizabeth Lee, event coordinator, said: "Whether we live in cities, towns or the countryside, transport is key to enabling us to go about our daily lives. With the COP26 climate summit taking place later this year, this is a timely opportunity to bring discussions about a shift to sustainable transport to the fore."

Speakers include Carol Kambites, deputy mayor of Stonehouse, is involved with the long-running campaign to re-open Stonehouse Bristol Road station on the line between Gloucester and Bristol. She will talk about the progress made and the obstacles encountered during the campaign and explain the advantages of the Stroud valleys getting a direct public transport link to Bristol.

Susie Medley is the founder of Transition Stroud Transport Campaign, which aims to improve public transport services in the Stroud area. The campaign is focusing in particular on improving the inadequate and expensive buses serving the rural areas around the town. The public launch had to be cancelled in April 2020 due to the lockdown.

Richard Lloyd and Louise Williams are vice-chair and director of the Gloucestershire branch of the countryside charity CPRE. They will talk about CPRE's "Every Village, Every Hour" campaign, which calls for a comprehensive bus network offering services to every village, every hour. This would address both the climate emergency and the inequality and social exclusion caused by the 'transport deserts' in rural areas.

To register to attend the meeting, click here.

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