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Transport 2000 challenges Government on road pricing plans

12 February 2007
Campaign group Transport 2000 [1] has today challenged the Government to put improving public transport and tackling climate change at the centre of future road pricing plans.

Since 1997, the real cost of motoring has gone down while public transport costs have gone up [2], leaving many people without travel choices. In addition, the Government`s £12 billion road building programme is taking us in the wrong direction to tackle traffic congestion and climate change.[3]

Jason Torrance, Transport 2000’s campaigns director, said:

"Any future road pricing scheme needs to be preceded by investment in improving public transport as a means of tackling climate change. The Government must answer concerns about road pricing by committing to provide people with real travel choices with increased investment for public transport and sustainable travel measures."

Notes to editors

[1] Transport 2000 is an independent campaigning and research body that represents the key transport interests of around 40 environmental groups, transport organisations and transport unions. We bring together people who seek to reduce the environmental and social effects of transport through encouraging less use of cars, lorries and planes and more use of rail, buses, trams, cycling and walking.

[2] Parliamentary Written Answer by Dr Stephen Ladyman MP on 4 May 2006. The real cost of motoring went down by 9 per cent between 1997 and 2005, whilst bus and coach fares increased by 15 per cent and rail fares increased by 5 per cent.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmhansrd/cm060504/text/60504w04.htm.

[3] Parliamentary Written Answer by Dr Stephen Ladyman MP on 6 Nov 2006. See

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmhansrd/cm061106/text/61106w0004.htm#column_684W