UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Government overestimates benefit of road schemes says Baker

Press Release   •   Jan 18, 2010 11:49 GMT

“The Department for Transport appears stuck in the 1980s, with money spent on roads seen as investment and money spent on rail seen as subsidy," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary.

Commenting on today’s Campaign for Better Transport report, which claims that Highways Agency forecasts of the economic and  environmental impact of road building projects are wrong, Norman Baker said:

“It is clear the Government continues to overestimate the benefits of road schemes while putting obstacles in the way of rail and tram schemes.

“The Department for Transport appears stuck in the 1980s, with money spent on roads seen as investment and money spent on rail seen as subsidy.

“We need fundamental change in the way the Government appraises transport schemes, taking much more account of the environmental impact and removing the biases that work in favour of road.”