Ellie Ames 27 February 2024

Chancellor urged to provide funding certainty for urban transport

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Transport authorities have called on the Government to prioritise long-term funding certainty for public transport and active travel in city regions in next week’s Spring Budget.

In a letter to chancellor Jeremy Hunt, the Urban Transport Group said investment is key to ‘securing sustainable economic growth and good social outcomes for millions across the country.’

Urban Transport Group director Jason Prince said: ‘Funding for public transport, walking and cycling should not be viewed simply as a cost but as an investment in growth and ultimately the future of our people and places.

‘Transformative change cannot be achieved without certainty of funding.’

The group also called for the ‘continued devolution of decision making’ and an end to competition funding, which it said ‘drains the limited resources of transport authorities’.

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