Climate campaigners target Salisbury with deliberate 'go slow'

Climate campaigners target Salisbury with deliberate 'go slow'

Published by Mike Draper at 7:00pm 31st January 2020.

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Expect big disruption during Saturday morning (1 Feb) as the Extinction Rebellion group obstructs roads in the city centre.

Saturday will see the first of what the 'XR Salisbury' climate change group say will be pre-planned monthly go-slows in Salisbury.

Organisers say their focus is dealing with air pollution.

STREET SWARMS

  • XR Salisbury aim to disrupt traffic for one hour
  • From 11-11.45am campaigners will cycle deliberately slowly around the city centre
  • From 11.45-midday the cyclists will be joined in the road by walkers

DRIVERS FACE FRUSTRATION

These STREET SWARMS will be repeated on the first Saturday of every month and start from the Guildhall Square at 11am. Information about XR and the climate emergency will be available in the Market Square during the swarm.

A steady stream of traffic, including cars buses, driving on Blue Boar Row in Salisbury.
Climate campaigners will deliberately obstruct traffic in the city from 11am on Saturday.

They want the city centre to be car free, claiming it will make Salisbury safer, more liveable and climate friendly.

XR-S co-ordinator Graham Smith told Spire FM News:

"Yes, it will cause some disruption."

"We will deliberately obstruct the roads, but we don't intend to close down the city centre. We won't be stopping traffic, and there'll be points where it can pass us."

"We've been campaigning for years to reduce traffic in Salisbury city centre, make it a safer place to live and more climate friendly. We want the city to be for people not cars. The Council has not done enough. We need to see action. NOW!"

Cars coming from New Canal onto Salisbury High Street.
Extinction Rebellion have been campaigning for years to reduce traffic in Salisbury city centre.

CLIMATE CRISIS

Extinction Rebellion say the climate chaos that has greeted the new decade has brought sharply into focus the damage being done to our planet and how little time we have to act to avert climate and ecological disaster.

In Salisbury Extinction Rebellion have said they will continue to act on both a local and national level to raise awareness and bring about meaningful change.

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