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A Budget for concrete and congestion

21 March 2012
Responding to today’s Budget announcement, Campaign for Better Transport welcomed the Chancellor's support for extra commuter trains and north of England rail upgrades, but slammed planning reforms and support for new toll roads as bad for growth and the environment.

Stephen Joseph, Campaign for Better Transport’s chief executive, said: "The extra money for rail schemes is welcome, but the Chancellor's continued support for toll roads and planning deregulation will lead to precisely the ‘car-dominated concrete grids’ that the Prime Minister denounced on Monday. Road schemes, such as the Bexhill Hastings link Road approved today, will simply generate traffic. This budget was meant to set Britain on the road to recovery, but the concrete and congestion on offer from the Chancellor will do nothing to solve the real problems in the economy.”

Notes to Editors

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).