3 May 2018
The first report of the Commission on Travel Demand shows that the foundations of the current road building programme are flawed, according to Campaign for Better Transport. Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive Officer, said:
"Big and destructive road building plans by the Government and councils are justified using forecasts showing huge growth in road traffic into the future. This sober and independent report casts doubt on these assumptions. It shows that travel demand is changing hugely, with fewer shopping and commuting trips and lower car use by younger people, yet the Government isn't factoring these trends into its investment planning. We support the Commission's recommendations and think this necessitates a complete rethink on current investment plans. The rail fares structure - which currently doesn't take account of the huge growth in part-time and flexible working - must also be reconsidered."
The group said it is writing to the Transport Select Committee asking that it considers the implications of the Commission's work for future transport policy.
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Notes to Editors
1. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We championtransport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns pushinnovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trustis a registered charity (1101929).
2. Read the first report of the Commission on Travel Demand.