25 November 2015
Reacting to today’s Spending Review (25 November), Campaign for Better Transport warns that cuts to everyday transport will bite ever harder while money is wasted on damaging road building, but welcomes the Chancellor's commitment to continued rail investment and smart ticketing.
Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"The Chancellor's focus remains squarely on ever more infrastructure, often at the expense of vital everyday transport. While Mr Osborne dons his hi-vis jacket and hard hat at big construction projects, bus services continue to be lost and high impact investment in walking and cycling is scaled back.
"The Chancellor's claim that 'we are the builders' will be meaningless for people finding it harder to get to work, school and town centres because their cash-strapped local authority can't support a bus service.
"It's great that the Government has allocated funding to develop smart ticketing in the North of England, but this is needed all over the country. The lack of real roll out of flexible ticketing for part time workers nationwide is also a disappointment despite assurances that schemes will be included in future rail franchises."
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Notes to Editors
1. Read about Campaign for Better Transport’s work on flexible ticketing compared to the rest of Europe here - UK lagging way behind Europe, when it comes to flexible rail tickets
2. Campaign for Better Transport recently published Buses in Crisis, which found that since 2010 £78 million has been axed from local authority bus funding in England and Wales resulting in over 2,400 bus services being reduced, altered or withdrawn from service. 63 per cent of local authorities in England and Wales have cut funding for bus services in 2015/16 with 44 per cent reducing or withdrawing services entirely.
3. Recent analysis carried out for Campaign for Better Transport, Future Rail Funding: Passenger Opportunities, showed that the Government is on course to get £2bn surplus from rail franchises by 2020.
4. The need to cut air pollution – mandated by the Supreme Court in April and underlined by the Volkswagen scandal – is leading to questions about some of the road schemes, especially those around cities like the M60 at Manchester, the M1 in Sheffield and Leeds and smaller schemes in places like Hull.
5. 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).