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New infrastructure report welcomed but Heathrow expansion is a mistake, say campaigners

13 October 2017

Campaigners respond to the publication of the new UK Infrastructure report by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC).

Campaign for Better Transport welcomed the commission’s interim report and urged the Government to take notice and produce the funding in next month's budget for local and everyday transport, in cities and elsewhere, to tackle congestion and carbon.

However, it criticised the Commission for ducking the climate change challenge posed by increasing aviation and airports.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said:

"The NIC's report focuses on the right priorities, and we particularly welcome the focus on solving urban congestion and pollution by investing in public transport and cycling.

“We need to see this reflected in next month's budget, which is an opportunity to increase funding for everyday transport, outside as well as within cities, rather than big new roads.

“However, by calling for expansion to Heathrow Airport and maybe elsewhere, the Commission is letting aviation off the hook from the need to cut carbon emissions. Unlimited airport expansion is simply incompatible with meeting our targets to cut carbon emissions, and the Commission should say so."

ENDS

For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468  richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

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