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Campaigners welcome new funds for city transport

20 November 2017

Campaign for Better Transport responds today to the Government's launch of a £1.7 billion Transforming Cities Fund to improve transport links and promote local growth within city regions. 

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaign for Better Transport said: "We strongly welcome this announcement of new money supporting vital city transport links. Projects such as the Midland Metro Black Country extension can transform the local economy, connecting people to jobs and boosting town centre businesses.


"This is a real opportunity for urban leaders to invest in better public transport and active travel, moving away from outdated car-dependent developments and towards greener, healthier, more liveable cities.


"We look forward to a similar package for rural areas, including support for vital bus services, so that all communities have a chance to share in the benefits of the Government's Clean Growth strategy."



For further information please contact Alice Ridley, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468 alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  • Read the Government's announcement here: Record boost to R&D and new transport fund to help build economy fit for the future
  • Campaign for Better Transport has published an Alternative Transport Budget, a set of alternative proposals for transport taxation and spending. We believe the Chancellor should support everyday transport - local road maintenance, local bus services etc - ahead of big new roads. The Government also needs to do more to clean up our polluted air by making it easier and cheaper for people to travel by public transport, by bike or walking, and to choose greener cars.
  • We will be issuing our response to the Budget on Wednesday and we have spokespeople available for interview.
  • 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).