19 March 2021
Welcoming the Wales Transport Strategy, Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"This very heartening strategy sets a positive direction for transport in Wales which will benefit communities and the environment alike. The emphasis on modal shift, with a target of 45 per cent of journeys to be made by public transport, walking and cycling by 2040, is especially encouraging. When it comes to tackling carbon emissions from transport, Wales is prepared to walk the walk.
"We welcome the promises to make public transport more frequent, reliable and affordable, and reduce the need to travel through better planning. And the commitment to fair road-user charging is a real game-changer. It can support the transition to cleaner vehicles and boost public transport use at the same time, cutting air pollution and emissions. HM Treasury should follow suit and look into replacing fuel duty with distance-based charging which varies by time of day, type of road, vehicle class and emission levels."
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Notes to Editors
1. 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).
2. The Wales Transport Strategy can be read on the Welsh Government website.