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'Out of touch' Tories plough money into roads despite people and planet crying out for public transport investment

September 30, 2019 4:35 PM

Following Sajid Javids announcement of £25bn investment in roads, Wera Hobhouse, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Transport, said:

Wera Hobhouse"Just as people are starting to become aware of the damage we're doing to our planet, the Conservatives have committed to spending £25 billion on roads. Given the government claim to be serious about tackling our clean air crisis and the climate emergency, this announcement is a slap in the face for the planet.

"Instead we should focus our energy on improving alternative modes of transport - spending the money on better and safer cycling networks, footpaths, and green public transport.

"The Tories have also pledged just £220 million for buses - that's less than 1% of the money promised. A drop in the ocean for what is really needed to transform bus services. Clearly for the Tories that the car is king.

"Liberal Democrats demand better. Liberal Democrats would significantly increase spending on public transport, reversing damaging Tory cuts to rail upgrades and give local authorities more powers to improve local transport solutions for a carbon zero future. We are the only the party who have a clear plan to tackle air pollution and ending the climate crisis."

Liz Jarvis, Parliamentary candidate for Southampton Itchen, said:

"As usual this Conservative Government has got its priorities wrong. Proper investment in our public transport, particularly our railways, is badly needed."

Joe Richards, Parliamentary candidate for Southampton Test, added:

"Government investment in infrastructure is essential for our economy and way of life. But when that infrastructure actively promotes damage to our planet, the government is being irresponsible.

"That's why the Lib Dem's will uniquely place planetary and "green" decision making powers above those of the Treasury, meaning for once we get our priorities right."