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Transport group says climate change report is a "shot across the bows" for Government transport policy

29 June 2010
Transport campaigners welcomed the Committee on Climate Change’s second annual report, and said it should act as a shot across the bows for Government transport and planning policy.

Campaign for Better Transport’s executive director Stephen Joseph said:

“The Committee on Climate Change’s report shows that we need to encourage greater use of trains and buses if we are to meet our carbon targets. Yet the new Coalition Government is now considering measures that would actually put people off using public transport by increasing fares and failing to tackle overcrowding.”

“The Committee’s report should influence the spending review by prioritising smarter choices, such as travel plans for schools and workplaces. The Government's planning policy should also promote developments less dependent on cars, rather than nodding through high-carbon developments as they have with plans to redevelop Brent Cross.

“We simply cannot afford this Government’s action on carbon reduction to be as dire as England’s performance in South Africa.” 

Notes to Editors:

The full report is being laid in Parliament tomorrow morning and consequently will be published in full at 10.15am at: http://www.theccc.org.uk/reports/progress-reports/2nd-progress-report

For more information on the Brent Cross plans, see our report at: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/media/june-16-brent-cross-parking