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Campaign group welcomes new sustainable transport fund

22 September 2010
Campaign for Better Transport today welcomed Norman Baker's announcement of plans to set up a Sustainable Transport Fund, but said it would need to be well funded if it was to be effective.

Stephen Joseph, Campaign for Better Transport’s CEO, said:

"We have campaigned for a fund like this and welcome today's announcement. This fund should help reduce dependence on the car and improve alternatives. But it needs to have real and substantial money behind it if it is going to make a difference. We will look to the Spending Review to see if this fund gets priority over big road building projects and other unsustainable transport."

Notes for Editors:

Campaign for Better Transport has campaigned hard for a carbon-reduction fund over the last few years. In April 2009* A Carbon Reduction Fund: A Proposal for the Department for Transport's Carbon Reduction Strategy (PDF) was published.

The UK Climate Change Act (November 2008) set legally binding targets for the UK to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050. UK domestic transport emissions in 2020 are forecast to be just over 5% lower than in 2005. 

Campaign for Better Transport recently published a Car Dependency Scorecard, showing how the level of car dependency in English cities varies.

In February 2009 Theresa Villiers gave a speech on a low-carbon fund (PDF) for Campaign for Better Transport.

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).

*In partnership with Sustrans and Friends of the Earth.