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The Liberal Democrats announce plans for an integrated transport hub at Canterbury West Station

June 1, 2018 7:24 PM

The proposed multi-storey car park for Canterbury Road West is an economic, environmental and cultural albatross.

The Liberal Democrat party understands the need for commuter parking, but we say it cannot come at the expense of air quality - which already exceeds permitted levels in the area. It cannot come at the expense of traffic chaos and it cannot come at the expense of other more environmentally-friendly forms of transport. A better alternative for Canterbury is needed.

Over the next four weeks we will be revealing plans for an alternative to the current proposal that:

How will we do this?

The solution is an integrated transport hub. We have been working with resident groups, rail users and architects to create a plan that works for everyone.

The Liberal Democrat's integrated transport hub will feature:

Notes to editors

There are sufficient car parking spaces in Station Road West to cover growth in demand for the next 15 years if the temporary car park is made permanent - according to the council's own figures.

With the planned increase in the frequency of the high-speed train service, the level crossing will be down for more time - increasing congestion in St Dunstan's. The air quality close to the level crossing already breaches the statutory limits for NOX. For the last four years, the average reading has been 44 micrograms/cubic metre, 10% over the limit of 40 micrograms/cubic metre limit.