The Yorkshire Party has announced its key pledges on transport and the environment ahead of the General Election on December 12th.
The party, which achieved over 50000 votes in the European Elections and came ahead of Change UK in the Yorkshire and the Humber constituency, will be fielding a record number of candidates in Yorkshire.
The Yorkshire Party will declare a climate emergency and invest in Off-Shore Wind and Hydrogen to decarbonise heat and transport to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across Yorkshire by 2030, off set legacy CO2 emissions by planting six million trees in a reforestation scheme and will implement a total ban on fracking across the region.
On transport the party has pledged to fully fund Northern Powerhouse Rail, spending £39bn to build a new railway line linking Hull, York, Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield with Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester, triple the number of electric car charging points across Yorkshire within the next 18 months and launch a refund scheme for all public transport users, meaning if your train, tram or bus is 15 minutes late, you will qualify for a 50% refund.
Yorkshire Party Leader Chris Whitwood said "The old Westminster Parties will try to make this election the Brexit Election, meaning key issues that matter to people will go ignored yet again. While they have argued for three years about Brexit, they've taken their eye off the ball on the environment and our transport is deteriorating rapidly. Yorkshire deserves better.
"We are different. We will take the challenge of climate change seriously and improve Yorkshire's environment for generations to come. We simply cannot wait for Westminster to realise the danger in not tackling this.
"It is also an absolute disgrace reading the Government's planned transport spending, which shows London is set to receive seven times more per person than Yorkshire. Westminster isn't working. If it was, it would see that this is completely unsustainable."
The Yorkshire Party will be announcing its full manifesto on Saturday 9th November.