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Future technology for drivers misses out on today’s transport problems, say campaigners

12 August 2016

Campaign for Better Transport responds to the Department of Transport’s plan to invite local authorities to apply for a share of a £2 million fund to develop emerging technologies to improve journeys for motorists.

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner for Campaign for Better Transport said:

"Providing new means for local authorities to invest in future motoring technology is not enough to solve today's problems while everyday transport like buses are being starved of funds.

“Also, with many roads in a terrible state more money needs to be made available to address the huge £12 billion and rising cost to fix the pothole backlog.

“New technology to enhance the future driving experience will have its place, but investment is needed now in public transport, cycling and walking to deal with the real transport problems we're facing today.”

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For further information please contact:

Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes

  • Read the Department for Transport’s announcement here - £2 million to improve roads using new technology
  • Campaign for Better Transport’s Buses in Crisis report was published on 19 November 2015. It is based on Freedom of Information requests to all 110 local transport authorities across England and Wales. This was the fifth year that Campaign for Better Transport has monitored the impacts of cuts to supported bus services (those services funded by local authorities) in this way.
  • 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).