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Government proposals for devolving local transport schemes are not fit for purpose

1 February 2012
Responding to the launch of a Government consultation on devolving local major transport schemes, Bettina Lange, Campaign for Better Transport’s regional coordinator, said:

"We welcome in principle the Government's intention to give local people a greater say in transport decisions, but we are not convinced that the arrangements proposed are fit for purpose. The proposals would make it possible for unaccountable Local Enterprise Partnerships, with their narrow economic growth agenda, to have the final say, or for local politicians to promote their pet schemes. Either scenario could easily ignore the real transport needs in an area and damage the local environment.”

Campaign for Better Transport is urging the Government to ensure that:

•    Scheme prioritisation follows a transparent, robust option identification process  
•    New transport bodies must include wider independent, non-party political stakeholders
•    New transport bodies are required to demonstrate how the schemes they propose help address environmental issues and social disadvantage
•    Local people have the opportunity to influence transport programmes from the start - not only when decisions have already effectively been made

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).