20 November 2016
Responding to the news that the Government is set to announce road improvements worth £1.3 billion in Wednesday's Autumn Statement, James MacColl, Head of Campaigns at Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"It's about time that the Government recognised the dire state of our local road surfaces. There's a £12 billion repairs backlog whilst government money has gone on new roads in recent years. The measures announced by the Government so far will do nothing to solve congestion in the long run, nor will building new roads which just move the traffic jams somewhere else. If the Government really wants to solve congestion people need genuine alternatives with better and cheaper public transport.
"We now expect the Government to back up this announcement with a 'fix it first' approach across the board, improving the local transport that those people who are just about managing rely on every day."
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1. 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).