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No more road bridges, no more traffic

24 July 2015

Campaign for Better Transport reacts to the publication of the Government response to the Transport Select Committee's report into river crossings in the UK [2]

Sian Berry, Roads and Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said:

"The Government's response gives the Jubilee Line extension - a public transport project - as an example of good regeneration in cities but continues to promote new river crossings only for cars and lorries. This tunnel vision will make car dependence worse in towns and cities across the country."

Sian Berry continued:

"There’s overwhelming evidence that road building means more traffic and that new road bridges across rivers, especially in urban areas, will lead to people making trips they would otherwise not make and add to congestion across a wide area.[3]

"Ministers and city mayors urgently need to look again at the many more efficient ways of getting people across rivers, including walking, cycling and public transport bridges, and at traffic reduction plans. These alternatives would all reduce congestion, not add to it."

ENDS

For further information please contact the Press Office at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 or james.maccoll@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).

2. Published today by the House of Commons Transport Committee: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmselect/cmtran/348/34802.htm

3. Read more about Campaign for Transport‘s campaign work on new road building here: New roads create new traffic