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Cutting rail investment is shooting carbon reduction efforts in the foot

4 December 2020

Commenting on the news that the Government has cut £1bn from the rail infrastructure budget, Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"Considering that the PM has just announced a new target for reducing carbon by 2030, cutting investment in rail infrastructure really is shooting ourselves in the foot. Transport emits more carbon than any other sector; tackling this will require action on all fronts, including electrifying rail and connecting more communities to the network. Investing in rail can also address social exclusion, create green jobs and help the economy to recover."

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For further information please contact the press office on 020 3746 2235 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

Read about the reduction in the rail enhancements budget.

Read the Prime Minister's announcement about carbon reduction targets.

Campaign for Better Transport is calling on the Government to freeze rail fares and bring in flexible season tickets to help the millions of people who work part time and those who will be returning to workplaces for just part of the week in January. These measures will help to rebuild revenue by enabling more people to travel by train.

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).

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