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DfT strategy for reducing carbon emissions: our response

30 October 2007
Commenting on today's Department for Transport discussion document on transport and climate change [1], Stephen Joseph, the executive director of Campaign for Better Transport [2], said:

"Today's report says a lot of the right things about tackling climate change and giving people good alternatives to driving. There are some good ideas, such as using hard-shoulder running in place of motorway widening schemes and giving people travel advice that helps them choose sustainable travel options. We're also pleased the Department is committed to reviewing the way it appraises transport schemes.

"Nice words, but the time for words is past. We need action. These ideas must translate into real world improvements, and right now it's not clear how they will. We're concerned the department's continuing road building programme and aggressive airport expansion plans will fuel climate change."

Notes for editors
[1] Towards a Sustainable Transport System: Supporting Economic Growth in a Low Carbon World is available on the website of the Department for Transport.

[2] Campaign for Better Transport is the new name of Transport 2000, which has been securing better transport policy and programmes since 1973.