Friday, December 9, 2022

Thurrock Transport Strategy embraces e-technology 

THURROCK councillors ruled out using e-scooters after hearing they could form part of the future mode of travel in the borough.

The light-hearted rebuff came as the local development plan task force, which met on Monday, heard a report on the progress of the borough’s transport strategy.

The strategy will be used to ensure the council’s local plan, which will shape the future growth and development in the borough, takes account of changing transport methods.

Councillors heard plans to make journeys more seamless were in the pipeline. This could include having one ticket which could be used for bus and train travel.

Car clubs, where people could hire a car for a few hours or a day, improving public transport as well as more use of electric vehicles, including e-scooters, would also be part of the strategy.

Joy Redsell, Conservative councillor Little Thurrock Blackshots, said it was unlikely she and her fellow councillors would be using e-scooters to shop at Lakeside but she said: “Tilbury Ferry we haven’t moved fast enough with that. We’ve got to renew the ferry anyway. That will take a hell of a lot of transport off the road.

“ You can have a 40 minute drive to London on the river doing your work. River taxis have got to be brought in.”

Lynn Worrall Labour councillor for Grays Thurrock said: “I’d love to have come here tonight on a bus but I couldn’t get home again. I certainly wouldn’t feel safe walking to the train station in the High Street.

“It’s good that you want me to give up my car but I don’t ever want to get on a scooter. I would like to walk down the road and get on a bus because I could save a fortune. We need to make feel people feel safe to make this a reality.”

The council is currently consulting on cutting some bus routes to remote areas of the borough.

Lee Watson, Labour councillor for West Thurrock and Stifford, said: “We’ve got an ageing population the majority of the population is in the villages and we are at the moment out to consultation to cut three bus routes. Unless they are all Miss Marples and have got bikes and cycling backwards and forwards I’m worried about how our ageing communities can get anywhere.”

1 COMMENT

  1. These E scooters should be banned, I have two friends (both Pensioners) knocked flying by these scooters, one had to have hospital treatment, and I personally had a very near miss with one that I did not hear or see coming from across my path and knocked my shopping bag that I was carrying, the rider just carried carried on which he must have been going flat out at the time.

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