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Government’s Transport Investment Strategy ignores ‘reality of everyday transport’

4 July 2017

Responding to the announcement of a new Government Transport Investment Strategy, Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“Whilst having a strategy for transport investment is welcome, and some of the Government's principles about funding small scale projects are good, in practice this strategy shows no sign of dealing with the reality of everyday transport.

“There is nothing in there about cuts to bus services or crumbling local roads, or the long-term underfunding of local transport in general. When asked, drivers say that fixing potholes and improving safety are bigger priorities for roads funding than building expensive new bypasses that simply fill up with more traffic.

“The strategy also seems to ignore the role of rail in helping tackle congestion and improve connectivity, and downplays the urgent need to tackle air pollution.

“Combined with the recently announced Housing Investment Fund it looks increasingly like this Government is all about big roads and runways with little care for the everyday transport most people rely on.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors
 

  1. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).