13 May 2010
The new Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond MP, will need to quickly make tough choices to avoid damaging the economy and the environment, according to the Campaign for Better Transport.
The Department for Transport (DfT) is likely to face cuts of around 25% by 2015, and on top of this the new Government is committed to £6bn cuts in spending this year.
Campaign for Better Transport has written to Mr Hammond to warn against 'salami slicing' cuts across all budgets at the Department for Transport. It warns this approach could harm the recovery and make it more difficult to meet the Government's targets for carbon reductions.
Stephen Joseph, Campaign for Better Transport Executive Director, said: "We welcome the new Government's focus on reducing carbon from transport, and its scrapping the third runway at Heathrow. But more tough decisions are needed. We must scale back the bloated road building budget, and ensure that spending focuses on meeting our future transport needs.
"The worst result would be to apply uniform cuts to all transport budgets, which could mean major increases in train fares, or bus funding cuts that could decimate local bus services," he said.
Notes for editors
Campaign for Better Transport's letter to the new Secretary of State is available as a PDF.