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Transport 2000 joins MPs in failing the Department for Transport on its climate record

15 February 2007
Campaign group Transport 2000 [1] is today calling on the Department for Transport to act on the recommendations of the House of Commons Transport Committee [2] and meet its responsibilities to the public by putting in place measures to enable it to meet agreed targets set by the Treasury.

Since 1997, the real cost of motoring has gone down while public transport costs have gone up [3], 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.[4]

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

"The Government must take urgent and effective action to bring the Department for Transport in line with other Government departments and reduce spiralling greenhouse gas emissions."

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] The Transport Committee has today published a scathing assessment of the Department for Transport’s annual report 2006. See its press release and report on its website: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmtran.htm.

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

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

[4] 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