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Urban Challenge Fund: fine words but where's new cash?

2 March 2010
Reacting to today's urban transport summit [1], Campaign for Better Transport said that without new money on offer cities will struggle to deliver any real improvements to transport.

Director Stephen Joseph said: "The new emphasis on improving health and public spaces sounds great, but the proposed Urban Challenge Fund has no numbers or timescale attached. The truth is we expect transport funding cuts, not expansion.

"Whether the Fund becomes a reality after the election will be the key test. Without real new money to improve urban transport, councils won't be able to make any of this a reality. Cities will continue to be oppressed by traffic congestion and pollution.

"City transport needs less talk and more cash. Sadly, today is just about talk, even if its good talk," he said.   

Notes to editors:

[1] Cities told transport strategies need to be bolder: DfT press release

pdficon_small_gif.gifCampaign for Better Transport’s Improving Everyday Transport manifesto