Greener Journeys responds to Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

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Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP has just delivered his first Autumn Statement as Chancellor. He used the opportunity to announce £1.1 billion of investment in English local transport networks; including £220 million to address traffic pinch points on strategic roads.

Commenting on the announcement, Claire Haigh, Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, the sustainable transport campaigning group, said:

“We welcome the Government’s plans to spend £1.1bn on upgrading local roads but are disappointed that the Chancellor has once again chosen to freeze fuel duty rather than acting to reduce car use.

“Britain is suffering from a congestion crisis which is costing the UK more than £13 billion a year. If the Government is serious about tackling congestion, it must introduce measures to make it less convenient and more expensive for people to drive.

“At the same time, it must make buses and other forms of public transport a more attractive option. We therefore call on the Government to invest in bus priority measures and effective bus infrastructure – such investment can generate up to £7 of economic benefit from every £1 invested

“Crucially, we urge the Government to reverse the decision to freeze fuel duty – the cheap cost of motoring is keeping people in their cars and drawing them away from public transport.

“If we are to tackle the congestion crisis then the Government must encourage people to leave the car at home.”

“We therefore urge the Government to capitalise on their announcements today and invest in bus priority measures and effective bus infrastructure – such investment can generate up to £7 of economic benefit from every £1 invested.

“Crucially, we urge the Government to reverse the decision to freeze fuel duty – the cheap cost of motoring is keeping people in their cars and drawing them away from public transport.

“If we are to tackle the congestion crisis then the Government must encourage people to leave the car at home.”

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About Greener Journeys:

Greener Journeys is a campaign dedicated to encouraging people to make more sustainable travel choices. It is a coalition of the UK’s leading public transport organizations, user groups and supporters.  It aims to reduce CO2 emissions from transport by encouraging people to switch some of their car journeys to bus or coach instead. Switching from car to bus for just one journey a month would mean one billion fewer car journeys on our roads and would save 2 million tonnes of CO2 every year.  For more information visit www.greenerjourneys.com

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