Transport cuts explanation demanded

Transport cuts will affect motorists

Transport cuts will affect motorists

The Transport Select Committee has called the Secretary of State for Transport Philip Hammond to give evidence to explain the impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review on the UK’s transport infrastructure.

Chancellor George Osbourne announced a cut of 21 per cent of resource spending from the Department for Transport budget, and an 11 per cent cut in capital expenditure to £7.5 billion.

Committee Chair Louise Ellman said: “The Chancellor’s announcements made some positive commitments to a limited number of projects. However, I remain concerned that his statement failed to disclose where the cuts will fall except to confirm that there are bound to be increases in bus and train fares.

“The Committee will be seeking fuller disclosure so that the public can understand how they will be affected by the 21 per cent cut in the transport budget.”

Hammond will give evidence on November 24th.

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