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Transport for the North report welcome but roads plans need review

7 March 2016

Campaign for Better Transport welcomed commitments to upgrade public transport and progress on smarter ticketing announed in Transport for the North's progress report, but said that the programme of road building needs to be reviewed.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, said:

"This Northern Transport Strategy report is a good start, and its recognition that the key to growth in the North is 'efficient and affordable public transport' and alternatives to car commuting is especially welcome. But this needs to be carried through to future roads investment, which should move from big unaffordable grand projects like the Trans-Pennine tunnel to making better and smarter use of existing roads. Users and communities across the North need good high quality alternatives to car travel, not old-style road plans and the car-based development they bring" 


For further information please contact James MacColl at Campaign for Better Transport, on 020 7566 6483/07984 773 468 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. The Government has published this report entitled "Northern transport strategy: spring 2016" - see announcement here.