Yesterday in the House of Commons, York Central MP, Rachael Maskell, highlighted congestion in York when she spoke for the first time in Westminster. Ms Maskell called for a debate about the impact of congestion in cities like York. The Leader of the House, Chris Grayling was sympathetic to Ms Maskell’s concerns and encouraged her to bring forward the problems facing York.
This is how Hansard recorded the exchange.
Rachael Maskell (York Central) (Lab/Co-op): In the light of growing congestion across our cities, not least in York, may we have a debate about the impact of congestion on health, on transport and on our environment?
Chris Grayling: We shall debate transport and the economy next week during the debate on the Gracious Speech, and I encourage the hon. Lady to bring forward thoughts about the issues that her constituency faces, or to seek an Adjournment debate when a Transport Minister can listen to her concerns. We as a Government have sought to create a balanced transport project, investing in roads when we need to, in rail when we need to and in alternative transport such as cycle routes when we need to.
Rachael Maskell MP says:
“Everybody accepts there is a problem in York with traffic in and around the city. We have an opportunity to take a strategic commission to establish a long term solution to York's congestion problems, this is being spurned by the coalition council, to be replaced by multiple opinions. The congestion problems need more than good ideas, as the health of people across York is being compromised, and for some taken prematurely. The local environment is impacted by York's poor air quality. We need to look at the bigger picture and we need to do that now. While we are waiting the problem gets worse and more people suffer.”
Rachael Maskell MP made the point that this is not just impacting on York but many cities.