13 April 2011
Commenting on the announcement of the first 50 successful Regional Growth Fund (RGF) bids, Campaign for Better Transport's regional coordinator, Bettina Lange, said:
"It’s disappointing that the main transport schemes being funded by the Regional Growth Fund appear to be road schemes to airports. Particularly as there are doubts that these road schemes will actually deliver employment in the long-term as evidence from many airports shows that jobs can disappear quickly when economic conditions change or when global companies decide to relocate.
"There is a very real danger that the RGF will become a missed opportunity to support green and sustainable economic growth unless the Government makes sustainability a priority during the final round of bidding."
The RGF is a £1.4bn Government fund designed to encourage enterprise, growth and jobs in the private sector and support areas and communities that are dependent on the public sector. £450m is being invested in the first round. The remainder will be allocated after the second round of bidding closes in July.
Notes to Editors
1. The bids referred to are those from Birmingham Chamber of Commerce (on behalf of Birmingham City Council) for a £15.7m upgrade of the A45 around Birmingham Airport and from Doncaster Borough Council for £18m for the continued development of the area around Robin Hood Airport.
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).