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Charity welcomes multibillion-pound investment in cities' transport

23 October 2021

Reacting to the announcement by the Treasury of nearly £7 billion investment in local transport for cities outside London, Silviya Barrett, Head of Policy and Research at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"This investment in trams, trains and active travel is welcome. All cities deserve high-quality, sustainable transport and clean air. We look forward to examining the funding in detail and hope that it heralds a greener, fairer future for cities.

"The funding for buses - with its focus on simpler, cheaper fares, more services and new bus priority measures - is also to be celebrated. But we are concerned that the competitive funding process for buses could mean that investment does not reach everywhere that needs it. Many areas have bus fares that are too high and gaping holes in services, so they need funding to put their Bus Service Improvement Plans in place.

"We also want to see many more Zero Emission Buses introduced: our report released today (23 Oct) [1] shows that nationally, only two per cent of the bus fleet is zero emission, and there is no plan yet for how the 4,000 zero emission buses the government has promised will be delivered."

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For further information please contact the press office on 07984 773 468 (calls only no texts) or communications@bettertransport.org.uk.

Notes to Editors

1. Read our report on Zero Emission Buses published 23 October.
2. Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. Campaign for Better Transport's vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).