11 March 2020
Responding to today's Budget, Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"We welcome the £1 billion investment in green transport solutions - including the £500 million to support the rollout of new rapid charging hubs and tax reforms to make buying electric vehicles cheaper - but in order to meet climate change and clean air commitments it is imperative that local authorities have the ability to deliver the changes needed locally and produce robust plans for improving their public transport systems. The extension of the Transforming Cities fund and the specific focus on bus and cycling infrastructure, along with the £4.2 billion in funding settlements for the eight Mayoral Combined Authorities with devolved transport powers, will allow these areas to develop transport solutions that work for local communities and provide affordable, sustainable public transport for millions of people. The long overdue money to repair potholes is also welcome; the poor state of local roads is an ongoing issue and cause of concern to all road users.
“We are disappointed that the Chancellor has chosen to freeze fuel duty for another year, which has made car journeys progressively cheaper, whilst rail and bus fares have continued to rise. This has fuelled the decline in bus journeys and an increase of private car use. The Treasury should now look to replace fuel duty and Vehicle Excise Duty from 2025 with a road use charge based on distance travelled, time of day, and how polluting the vehicle is. The revenue raised by this charge should be retained locally and invested in public transport.”
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Notes to Editors
Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. We campaign to bring sustainable transport to all and ensure solutions are delivered that improve the wellbeing of communities, quality of life and the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).