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NORRIS REJECTS CLAIMS LINKING FARES AND POLLUTION

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Transport Minister, Steven Norris, has rejected figures from Transport 2000 linking higher transport fares and poll...
Transport Minister, Steven Norris, has rejected figures from Transport 2000 linking higher transport fares and pollution.

Transport 2000 outlined last week how increases in fares in the South East would lead to greater car use and therefore more air pollution.

The minister said: 'It is entirely right that passengers should make a proper contribution, through the fare box, to the costs of the services which they use.

'But it should not be forgotten that the Government is also providing massive financial support, around 1 billion a year for LT alone, to the maintenance and improvement of public transport services in London and the South East. 'Fares have certainly risen progressively over the last decade, but the increase has been broadly in line with trends in average earnings in the London area, and I am not aware of any evidence that this has had any significant effect on the overall pattern of transport use in London'.
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