Metropolitan transport authorities have an integral role to play in responding to the global climate crisis by reducing emissions from, and increasing the resilience of, transport systems, according to a new report.
Responding to today’s Spending Review, Jonathan Bray, Director of the Urban Transport Group, said:
The Government will fail to meet its objectives around carbon reduction and levelling up unless it increases spending on local transport as part of the Spending Review.
The Urban Transport Group (UTG) has today welcomed Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) as its latest Associate Member, meaning UTG now has members from all ten Combined Authority areas, as well as from each of the four nations of the United Kingdom.
Laura Shoaf, the Managing Director of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), is the new Chair of the Urban Transport Group.
Transport authorities can play their part in shaping a positive legacy of COVID-19 for the UK’s city regions, provided they are given both the funding and powers they need to respond to the challenges that lie ahead.
Responding to the outcome of the election, and the Queen’s Speech, UTG Chair, Stephen Edwards, said:
The challenges to improving transport in the UK’s city regions and the solutions needed to overcome them have been set out by the Urban Transport Group today.