Opposition calls for removal of all bus lanes

The closure of Clifton Bridge was debated in three parts at full council – 1. how to provide more capacity for transport in the future; 2. whether to support bus lanes or just open them to all traffic; 3. how Highways England should support the council and the Police when coping with the consequent problems.

CQ1: “fourth bridge across the Trent is … a sensible approach” – the Clifton Independents.
My supplementary questions –
Can the Portfolio Holder recognise that the grief suffered by the people of The Meadows goes beyond delays in journey time, and extends to inability to make journeys at all and increased air pollution. 
Does the Portfolio Holder share my frustration that the world of common sense does not count the tram bridge as a crossing, nor the footbridge as a crossing, nor the 2 rail bridges (albeit recognising they are both outside of the conurbation?
Isn’t the real insight to the future to recognise how cars are the most damaging form of transport carrying people and that what The Meadows needs is relief from people commuting by car?
Isn’t it evident that what The Meadows, the east of the city, West Bridgford and parts of the county needs is an attractive public transport alternative, and isn’t it evident that the tram has demonstrated modal switch, especially by reaching park and ride sites serving trunk roads, and and isn’t it evident that Nottingham needs a new tram line to service the Racecourse Part & Ride, and if the perhaps the county would be face up to it, a park and ride to serve the A52 east of West Bridgford? 
Does the Portfolio Holder share my heartbreak that in all of the chaos we have created with our railway network, more railway train services with extra park and rite sites does not even seem to be being explored?  

CQ2: “opening bus lanes to all traffic”
[Gotta say that “opening bus lanes to all traffic” is in fact closing all bus lanes – cos they’re no longer for buses.]
My supplementary questions –
When Chair of Transport Committee, I once witnessed a lorry parked on Maid Marian Way during the morning rush hour jamming the city and 2,000 people getting off their buses early, and walking down the hill into town along Mansfield Road? 
Doesn’t any request to close the bus lanes fail to understand how the bus network make this city tick? 
Does the Portfolio Holder share my frustration at the “common sense” shared on social media over a lane closure during this last weekend to enable around 500 more bedrooms for students, is both disproportionate and ignores how providing places to live in the city centre relieves the traffic network elsewhere, including on Clifton Bridge? 
Does the Portfolio Holder recognise that once again, it is the radical nature of Nottingham Labour Party, grounded in good planning and transport policies, that will have to carry the burden of defending the city against the panic and the jibber that the easy pitch on social media can represent? 

CQ9 “Highways England should be providing funding to the Council for short-term measures” 
My supplementary questions –
Can I congratulate the Portfolio Holder for the range of proposals put forward for relieving congestion during the loss of traffic lanes across the bridge.
Will the Portfolio Holder congratulate the highway officers who recognised that to free our buses and trams up and to bring relief to the residents of Meadows Way, they needed to close the western chord of Crocus Street to traffic and that they needed the Police to stop through traffic from using the western half of Meadows Way and Sheriffs Way as it runs through the New Meadows? However counter-intuitive closing roads to traffic at the times of a bridge failure may have seemed!!
Will the Portfolio Holder accept my thanks to our staff, and to the staff of the Police Service and to others who helped the public during the closures. In a time of pressure on finances for services, especially tackling drug dealing in our neighbourhoods, isn’t it a shame that time and money for tackling those problems has been lost? I believe Highways England should contribute to the relief of the problems they have brought. 

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