Commenting on the transport investment announced in the Budget, Grant Klein, transport partner at PwC, said:
“The transport spending plans will fill in some critical gaps in transport service in England’s city regions. It’s a really positive endorsement of the growing capability within these cities and Combined Authorities to make their cases for large scale investment. Having navigated the first hurdle, it’s vital now that they follow through in developing the detailed plans and set out how they can deliver in a way that will help the local economy, provide valuable services for the travelling public and contribute to reducing the carbon impact of transport.
“It’s encouraging that investment has been targeted into transport projects in the city regions. The important next step is to link this in with other transport services in each region, from the established train services to newer offerings such as e-scooters. This will make it easier for people to choose more active travel options for all or parts of their journeys. Any new schemes will need to be designed in a way that they can contribute to this new future of smart mobility, with better information underpinning seamless travel across multiple ways of transport.”
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