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Campaign for Better Transport response to Government plans for transport in the north

20 March 2015

Campaign for Better Transport welcomes the publication of the first Northern Transport Strategy report.

 

Stephen Joseph, chief executive, Campaign for Better Transport said:

“Campaign for Better Transport welcomes the publication of the first Northern Transport Strategy report.The north of England is in real need of an integrated transport system which can help to rebalance the economy and deliver the services that people deserve. Plans for faster rail connections, simpler fares structures and smart ticketing systems are all big steps forward, and we are glad that the Government has listened to our research demonstrating the value of fairer and clearer fares across the region. We also welcome the announcement that a multi-modal freight and logistics strategy will be produced, which must address the need to get more freight off the roads and on to rail.

"However, plans for road projects including extra lanes to be added to motorways and a proposed tunnel under the Peak District are a waste of money and will undermine the effectiveness of the other measures proposed. New roads create new traffic, and will not help to solve the region's needs for a sustainable transport system.”

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