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Reaction to Lord Adonis’s speech

24 June 2009
Campaign for Better Transport welcomed Lord Adonis's acknowledgement of the need to reduce carbon in the transport sector [1], but warned that Government funding was entrenching car use and reducing travel choice.

The group's executive director, Stephen Joseph, said:

"Local councils are still coming up with big road schemes and the Government is still funding them, while local public transport is getting cut. Lord Adonis currently has on his desk transport priorities from the regions – he should put the Government’s money where his mouth is by rejecting carbon-generating road schemes and funding low-carbon transport projects such as more sustainable travel towns and better public transport."

Reacting to the commitment to ‘door-to-door journeys’, Stephen Joseph said:

“The proposals by operators are helpful and the cycle hubs at stations are welcome but they are a tiny part of what’s needed. Door-to-door journeys need to be seamless with proper connections, a single ticket or smartcard, good interchanges and easily accessible information. We are a long way from having all of these in the UK; in other countries, people take these for granted. Only the Government and councils, acting together, can make door-to-door journeys a reality."

"To make this happen, Lord Adonis's department needs a culture change – it needs to move from a 'department of transport equipment' to a 'department of transport for people', giving people the travel choices and seamless journeys they need.”

Note to Editors
[1] Lord Adonis spoke at "Door-to-Door by Public Transport: One day conference in association with ATOC and CPT" on 24 June 2009