1 December 2006
pteg – which represents the Passenger Transport Executives in six of England’s largest conurbations - today welcomed the Eddington report as ‘the key that could unlock the door to better public transport for the city regions.’
Chair of pteg, Roy Wicks, said:
‘Eddington has recognised that the new agglomeration economies of the city regions of the North and Midlands need better public transport networks if they are to flourish. The task now is for Eddington’s recommendations to be turned into reality through more funding for public transport for the big cities in next year’s Comprehensive Spending Review. In the last spending review London got an entirely justified injection of additional transport spending – in the 2007 Spending Review it should be the turn of the next tier of major cities to get the increase in transport spend that they need.’
pteg also welcomed the report’s support for more effective local regulation of bus services outside London – including the option of PTEs’ specifying bus services through the franchising of bus networks.
Roy Wicks said:
‘The bus dominates public transport provision in the major cities outside London – so it’s critical that we reverse the decline in bus use that has taken place in recent decades. If the Government accepts Eddington’s recommendations then we are confident that we can give the urban bus a fresh start, as part of the modern and integrated public transport networks that our major cities need.’
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