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Operational Note: Transport and the Autumn Budget 2017

17 November 2017

On Wednesday, 22 November, the Government will deliver its Autumn Budget setting out its spending plans. Transport is likely to feature in various ways:  

  •  New infrastructure projects: e.g. east –west rail link from Oxford to Cambridge, Oxford-Cambridge expressway (to support new housing development), and investment in the North of England through the new Transport for the North body. We're also expecting a "Rail Upgrade Plan" to be announced in or around the Budget and also consultation on the next five year roads plan.
  •  Motoring and air pollution: increased taxation for new diesel cars, with the money going into a new "Clean Air Fund". There may also be other tax measures on diesels, including fuel and vehicle tax changes / increases and also on company cars, and maybe signals on a targeted scrappage scheme for older diesel vehicles.
  •  More investment in local transport including new roads, paid for by the new Road Fund.
  •  Measures on rail fares including a new railcard giving discounts for the 26-32 year olds. 

Campaign for Better Transport has published an Alternative Transport Budget, a set of alternative proposals for transport taxation and spending. We believe the Chancellor should support everyday transport - local road maintenance, local bus services etc - ahead of big new roads. 

The Government also needs to do more to clean up our polluted air by making it easier and cheaper for people to travel by public transport, by bike or walking, and to choose greener cars. We've also suggested a programme to reopen some rail lines shut in the 1960s and build new stations linked to new housing development.

To help us persuade the Chancellor to support sustainable transport we have asked people to read our Alternative Transport Budget and tell us how our budget ideas would affect them, whether it’s about buses, rail, e-bikes, air pollution or roads.

Example of one of the responses:

Budget Idea: Grants to help people buy electric bikes.

How this would affect Don: “I currently commute by bike two days a week and, because of the distance, the rest of the week by car. I have tried a demo e-bike and could easily make the journey every day using this.”

Contact details for the people who have responded, who are happy to speak to journalists, are available on request. 


For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468  richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  •  We will be issuing our response to the Budget on Wednesday and we have spokespeople available for interview.
  •  Read Campaign for Better Transport’s Alternative Transport Budget
  •  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).