Transport 'got poor deal' in review

MPs in the House of Commons Transport Committee have been told that the Government's spending review has offered a poor deal for the transport sector.

The British Air Transport Association said the high taxes on air passengers "defied logic" as 90% of domestic emissions in the country are caused by road transport.

Calling aviation "the Cinderella of the Government's transport strategy", Bata chief executive Simon Buck said it was surprising to note that there would probably not be a direct link between a new high-speed rail line and Heathrow Airport.

Stephen Glaister of theRAC Foundation told MPs that the autumn spending review had little to offer for roads.

George Batten, president of the Association of Local Authority Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport, said that Government spending cuts would lead to fewer transport projects, particularly in rural areas.

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