Transport and Infrastructure
Traffic remains a growing problem in Elgin. Moray Labour has always believed that the solution to Elgin’s traffic problems lies in relieving the town of through traffic, by way of a genuine road bypass for Elgin. Moray Labour believes that a bypass of Elgin will substantially reduce traffic congestion, and, in particular, reduce the number of heavy goods vehicles, which pose such a danger to pedestrians, damage local roads, and pollute local air. Moray Labour Councillors will continue to press SNP Ministers in Edinburgh to deliver a genuine road bypass for Elgin.
Labour Councillors will continue to press for improvements to the A95, which remains unsafe in many places. We will seek to improve rural transport to reduce social isolation.
Of course, road building would not be so necessary were the Scottish Government invest in public transport in the North of Scotland. For the past ten years the SNP has steadfastly refused to intervene in the operation of buses, despite the fact that fares have increased far beyond inflation, routes have been terminated, and services have been reduced. Meanwhile, Scotrail services between Inverness and Aberdeen are few and far between. Passengers find themselves waiting for hours at stations in the middle of the day in Elgin, Forres, and Keith without a train ever passing. And when they do, they are far too often formed of too-few coaches and therefore overcrowded. Moray Labour Councillors will campaign for genuine investment in public transport, including regulation of buses and increased rail services between Inverness and Aberdeen.
Moray Labour is committed to sustainable transport. Far too many journeys within Moray’s towns are taken by car, when sustainable alternatives exist. While great strides have been made in developing cycle paths within Moray, it remains the case that cycling in our towns is an unattractive proposition to many. Moray Labour Councillors will continue to support the development of safer cycling in Moray.