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Local roads funding welcomed but more money is needed for local transport, say campaigners

19 October 2017

Campaign for Better Transport welcomed the funding given to small scale local transport schemes but said that more investment was needed in sustainable local transport projects. 

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

"Many of the schemes funded today will help improve local areas, but a more strategic approach is needed, and funding needs to go to programmes of sustainable transport schemes that will give people choices in how they get around.

“Just building roads to serve new housing and employment sites risks entrenching car dependence and adding to congestion. The Government's own research has shown that programmes like the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and Cycling Cities and Towns are very good value for money and can reduce congestion and pollution."

He added, 

"In the run up to next month's Budget, we'll be making the case for a change in transport investment towards local and everyday transport and away from big schemes, which some of the reports published today suggest can be poor value for money."

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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

Notes to editors

Read the Department for Transport’s funding announcement here: Government invests £350 million improving local roads

Find out more about the Local Sustainable Transport Fund here

Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929)