Eluned Parrott calls for Welsh Government to do more to tackle transport poverty

March 5, 2012 1:29 PM

Welsh Liberal Democrat Conference has today overwhelmingly passed an emergency motion calling for the Welsh government to do more to tackle transport poverty.

A report published this week, titled 'Access Denied - Tackling transport poverty in Wales', stated that more than a million people in Wales are slipping into transport poverty and are struggling to afford to run their cars or use public transport.

Eluned Parrott, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Transport, commented:

"We are calling on the Welsh government to evaluate the access that the poorest people in Wales have to public transport, so that we can assess how successful the government are in targeting support. Just like heating our homes, nearly all of us have to spend money on transport. It is not a matter of choice.

"We all know that difficult choices have to be made in these tough economic times. But the Welsh Government's priorities are surely skewed when it is willing to fork out £160 per passenger for North-South flights, but then at the same time are severely reducing the £2 per passenger subsidy it pays towards bus travel.

"It has always been the view of the Welsh Liberal Democrats that the North-South flight subsidy should be scrapped in order for extra money to go towards greener public transport. By passing this motion today, the Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling on the Welsh Labour Government to do more to ensure that everyone in society can have access to transport".

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