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Buses and potholes fund announced in the Budget not enough

29 October 2018 

Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the Budget 2018. Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"We welcome the £420 million announced to tackle potholes, but with a £9 billion backlog in repairs this will do little to address the years of neglect of local road maintenance. Compared to billions allocated to building new roads in the years to come, we think the Government’s public transport spending priorities need reconsidering.

“Whilst the support for on-demand buses announced today is needed and welcome, this doesn't replace the need for a proper national bus investment strategy, nor replace the £172 million in local bus funding lost in the last eight years that has left some communities isolated without access to any public transport.

“Rail passengers have suffered appalling service this year and deserve a fares freeze, so we are disappointed that the Government only chose to freeze fuel duty, which undermines public transport and will do nothing to tackle the air pollution crisis.”

ENDS

For further information please contact the press office on 020 3746 2235 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. Campaign for Better Transport wrote to the Chancellor last week outlining its priorities for the Budget. Read the full press release.
  2. 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).