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Roads to Nowhere

New research shows spending on roads prioritised at the expense of sustainable transport

20 April 2016

Campaign for Better Transport has revealed the extent of proposed funding for new transport projects by Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) for the coming year and spending on new road schemes is still dominant.

After monitoring spend on transport projects by LEPs in England through our LEP Watch [1] project, research has found that LEP spending continues to prioritise roads at the expense of sustainable transport. Over 50 per cent of new transport projects spend has been allocated for new road capacity and two thirds of all bids on road-based schemes with only three per cent on walking and cycling.

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

“Our research clearly shows that the balance of proposed LEP funding is still far too heavily weighted to new roads. What we need to see is a much more joined-up approach to transport planning, with a modern public transport system connecting people’s homes with their place of work. 

"It is also vital that LEPs are more transparent and accountable in how they spend our money: we want to see more local people involved in deciding how projects and priorities are selected.

"Many new road schemes are at best unnecessary and at worst are damaging in environmental and social terms: LEPs would serve the local economy better with more investment in alternative sustainable transport options."

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

Notes to editors

  • Campaign for Better Transport’s LEP Watch project [1] monitors spend on transport projects by LEPs, bodies set up to spend public money on economic development in their areas. Last year 36 Freedom of Information requests were received from the LEPs and we've analysed the results giving us a clear picture of local transport spending across most of the country.
  • Read about Campaign for Better Transport’s road campaigning work here - Evidence shows that new roads create new traffic 
  • 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).