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“Building the Future” transport reaction

29 June 2009
“Building the Future” transport reaction: Cycling and health plans welcomed but road building plans need curbing

Campaign for Better Transport today welcomed the transport announcements made as part of the Government’s “Building the Future” plans.

Stephen Joseph, executive director at Campaign for Better Transport said, “The commitments for a new national cycling plan and a joint ‘active travel’ strategy with the Health Department are welcome, and we look forward to a rail electrification commitment with real funding attached. However, on the ground, many local councils continue to plan expensive and destructive road schemes and, in places like Manchester, are paying for them by cutting funds for cycling, walking and local safety projects [1][2]. The Government is about to decide on regional funding bids which include almost £4bn for new roads [3]. If Ministers accept these bids and continue to widen motorways, cycling, public transport and active travel will continue to be undermined and starved of the funds needed.”

Stephen Joseph continued: “The Government says it wants real choice in public services, but in transport that doesn’t apply - too often at present people drive and fly because they have no other choice. It’s time for the Government to nail its colours to the mast and change funding so that people have real choice in transport too.”

Notes to editors

[1] As reported in the Guardian 

[2] As reported in Regen.business 

[3] Regional Funding Advice briefing (pdf)