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Local Sustainable Transport Fund investment in greener transport will be undermined by bus cuts

19 January 2011
Campaign for Better Transport has broadly welcomed the Government's new Local Sustainable Transport Fund announced today, but warned that it will be undermined by cuts to bus services.

Richard Hebditch, Campaign for Better Transport's campaign director, said: “The new Local Sustainable Transport Fund should give councils the money they need to make it easier for people to walk, cycle or use public transport. But the cuts in the Government’s support for bus services could undermine the Fund's efforts in providing communities with greener transport choices.

“The local transport white paper also contains some positive plans, for example improving door to door journeys by public transport. But it reveals that there isn’t a consistent message from government departments about what localism means. In particular, it fails to address the need for local councils to work together to improve transport, and just adds to the confusion over what role local enterprise partnerships will have."

The Local Sustainable Transport Fund will provide £560m over the next four years to fund local authority-led transport schemes that encourage walking, cycling and increased use of public transport.

The fund is at the heart of the Government's local transport White Paper, which aims to help cut carbon emissions and encourage growth in the economy by giving local authorities more freedom to decide on their own transport projects.

Notes to Editors

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).

Campaign for Better Transport has campaigned hard for a carbon-reduction fund over the last few years. In April 2009 we published A Carbon Reduction Fund: A Proposal for the Department for Transport's Carbon Reduction Strategy in partnership with Sustrans and Friends of the Earth.

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.

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