Upper Calder Valley Renaissance

Update Sunday, 12 August 2007

Next meeting: Come to the White Lion, Hebden Bridge, 7.30pm, Wednesday 15th August

Or if you can’t get to the meeting but want to know more, please send your details to: lesleymackay@tiscali.co.uk
or tel. Nina: 01422 842651

Campaigning for safe, convenient and environmentally friendly transport solutions. Promoting better public transport, better facilities for walking and cycling and safer roads and streets.

With three Air Quality Management Areas now declared in the Upper Calder Valley (Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Luddenden Foot) the need for change is now urgent!

17 July 2007

Sustainable transport activists wanted

Volunteers interested in campaigning for safer roads and streets, better public transport and more facilities for walking and cycling in the Upper Calder Valley are invited to attend a public meeting on Tuesday 24th July, 7.30pm at the White Lion Hotel, Hebden Bridge.

The Upper Calder Valley Renaissance Sustainable Transport Group, formerly known as the Getting About Group, has so far organised the provision of "How to Get About in …" information boards for towns in the upper valley, conducted a walking audit of Hebden Bridge to pinpoint opportunities for improved pedestrian facilities, and spearheaded the launch of Friends of Hebden Bridge Station.

The group calls for better rail provision for the upper valley, including reconnection of the line between Todmorden and Burnley and a new station at Cornholme; better bus services, especially for the hilltop communities; and a focus on the needs of pedestrians and cyclists. Spokesperson Myra James said: “Our aim is to encourage a shift away from private motor vehicles by promoting public transport, walking and cycling. The pressure of growing traffic volumes is damaging our local environment, with pollution levels in some areas already exceeding legal limits. With the development of new housing throughout the valley, it is vital that there are plenty of alternatives to the motor car if we are to avoid further congestion and road danger”.

Affiliated to the national organisation Living Streets, the Sustainable Transport Group works with other organisations, including local councils and Metro, to achieve safer, healthier and more environmentally friendly travel throughout the Upper Calder Valley.

Anyone who can’t attend the meeting but would like to be kept up-to-date with the group’s activities, please phone Nina on 842651 or email myra.james@3-c.coop.


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