ADEPT's comment on forthcoming transport cuts
Mike Ashworth, Chair of ADEPT’s Transport Board said: “Obviously we need to see the details, but we urge the DfT to protect the agreed maintenance block which is essential to keep our traffic moving and our businesses operating. Any reduction in capital funding, coming on top of cuts already made, would have a severe impact on Local Authorities’ ability to deliver the Highways Asset Management plans - these are essential to maintain our Highways and reduce spending in the longer term.
“Given that the Minister Andrew Jones stated to ADEPT members last week that 'buses are the backbone of the economy' and the investments into public transport are essential, this does not sit well against the proposals to cut funding to DCLG, which could impact on other areas such as winter services and verge maintenance. We are concerned that our ability to deliver essential services, that the public also considers important will be severely compromised.”
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The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT) represents local authority county, unitary and metropolitan Directors. Operating at the strategic tier of local government, members are responsible for delivering public services that primarily relate to the physical environment and the economy, but which have a significant impact on all aspects of the nation’s well-being. ADEPT represents members' interests by proactively engaging central Government on emerging policy & issues, promoting initiatives aimed at influencing Government policy and through the development of best practices and responding to European and UK Government initiatives and consultations.
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