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Budget means more potholes, bus cuts and fares rises

20 March 2013
Reacting to the Budget statement, transport group Campaign for Better Transport has warned that spending cuts to pay for large capital schemes could result in more potholes and worse bus services.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport, said

“Freezing fuel duty does nothing to help the millions who rely on public transport. Bus services are seeing year on year cuts and Government is still committed to above inflation rail fares rises. It’s scandalous that George Osborne has once again failed to support public transport.”
 
Stephen Joseph continued

“The Chancellor is promising more wasteful big road schemes rather than fixing potholes and supporting better bus and rail services. This would create jobs now, help all road users and give more people access to jobs.”

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Notes to Editors
1. Details of the Chancellor's budget announcement are available on the HM Treasury website.

2. The Budget statement includes the announcement of £3bn of government spending on infrastructure in 2015 and 2016. The details of this are due to be made public in June. Campaign for Better Transport has identified up to 38 major new road schemes in Local Enterprise Partnership and Highways Agency plans which could receive funding. Among the £5bn worth of projects are the A14, Lower Thames Crossing and the A47.