16th January 2018 Responding to the launch of Transport for the North’s draft Strategic Transport Plan today, Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said: “We welcome today’s Strategic Transport Plan and its emphasis on rail investment in particular. This is long overdue given the decades of underinvestment in rail in the north of England which has left passengers with slow and limited services and routes, and ageing and unsuitable trains.
We also welcome the move away from the absurdly expensive and unnecessary trans-Pennine road tunnel and hope this project can be formally disposed of. We now need to see the inter-urban investment in the plan matched by investment in local transport across the region, both in rural as well as urban areas, so that no community is left behind.
“Our hope is that the Plan can now provide the north of England with the opportunity to move away from car dependence and towards a genuinely low carbon transport future in which there are real alternatives to the car for getting around.”
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