Local transport schemes must reflect long-term needs
- Published on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 16:47
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Reacting to the Department for Transport's announcement on localised funding for major transport schemes, Policy Director at charity Sustrans, Jason Torrance, commented..
"We welcome moves that allow communities to play a greater role in deciding local transport spending and infrastructure, but any changes must also reflect the long-term needs of the nation as a whole, including using effective alternatives to expensive and damaging road construction.
"Government needs ensure that low cost and better value options, including walking, cycling and public transport schemes, are considered on a level playing field. There is a risk that local transport schemes will ignore wider priorities, including the need to reduce carbon emissions."