Roger Harmer

1. New 20 mph zones in Wales, supported by the Lib Dems, have resulted in a 1/3 reduction in road casualties on previous 30mph roads. If elected, will you push for similar measures in Birmingham? What other interventions will you advocate to improve our city’s woeful record on road safety?

Yes, I would support them for all roads that are primarily residential. Other measures I would support include:

2. The Lib Dem manifesto promises a new national active travel strategy – what benefits could this bring to Birmingham?

The Lib Dem active travel strategy involves devolving more of the national roads budget to local authorities to allow them to create a network of safe cycle routes and carry out other measures to support active travel as they see fit, thereby helping to deliver the points in my first answer. Exactly how this is done is best decided locally not in London. 

3. What will you do, if elected, to make bus travel more viable for Brummies?

Bus travel is the responsibility of the West Midlands Combined Authority. We have just had an election to decide the Mayor of the Authority. The Lib Dems in Birmingham support the move to franchised bus services that the new Mayor is committed to and this provide the opportunity to creates a bus service that works better for residents and can help to drive up bus use. If elected I will work with the WMCA to increase the attractiveness of bus travel within this context. As part of my wider commitment to tackling climate change I am keen to support the ongoing transition to electric buses which evidence (including a growth of patronage on the No6 route following its electrification) shows are more popular with the public as they are cleaner, have a smoother ride and can accelerate faster and more quietly. 

4. Pavement parking is a massive problem in this city, damaging infrastructure and endangering the most vulnerable road users. What will you do to ensure it is addressed in this parliament, and what is your preferred solution?

5. Moving away from petrol and diesel engines will reduce revenue from fuel and emissions duty, making driving cheaper. It is estimated this will cost the treasury £35 billion per year and lead to a significant increase in congestion on our roads. What measures will you push for in the next parliament to stop this from happening?