13 April 2015
Campaign for Better Transport reacts to Labour Party manifesto transport commitments
Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport said:
“We welcome the cross party consensus for halting unaffordable rail fares rises. Rail passengers have suffered inflation busting fare rises for most of the last ten years, which have far outstripped wage growth.
"Labour's commitment to a one year fares freeze and to a right to the cheapest ticket available is a step in the right direction, but a long term strategy is needed to make rail travel simple and affordable and give part time workers more flexible ticketing."
Stephen Joseph continued:
"We're pleased that Labour is committed to a more cautious road building policy, reviewing the A358 Taunton-Southfield Dualling scheme and the A27 Arundel bypass due to its impact on the South Downs National Park. However, the next Government must go further by reviewing all the £30bn road building plans across the country. The business case for many of these projects is shaky at best, and overall they'll just add to traffic and pollution. Money saved can be invested in the local transport strategies Labour are promising, with better bus services, cycling and road maintenance."
Notes to Editors
2. Fares have increased far faster than wages. Regulated ticket prices have risen by over 20 percent during this Parliament meaning fares have increased around 4 times faster than average wages since 2010. This has pushed some season ticket prices to over £5,000, with an increase during this Parliament of over £900. Illustrations of these costs can be found here
3. A briefing on current fare prices and increases since 2010 can be found here
4. Read about our work on induced traffic here
5. Local campaigners, South Coast Alliance for Transport and the Environment (SCATE ) are currently campaigning against the widening of the A27 Arundel bypass.