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DfT backs rail over roads to beat congestion

Road user charging and hard shoulder running were revealed as the top Government transport priorities this week, with a north-south high-speed rail link also back on the political agenda.

The Department for Transport (DfT) released its long-awaited response to the Eddington and Stern reports on Tuesday, committing to a number of measures to combat climate change, including bringing aviation into the emissions trading system.

Published in 2006, the Treasury commissioned Stern report proposed spending up to 1% of national GDP to mitigate the effects of climate change. The Eddington report proposed targeted spending to ease congestion bottlenecks.

The DfT response, Towards a Sustainable Transport System, confirms £20bn will be spent on transport improvements between 2014 and 2019, as outlined in last month's Comprehensive Spending Review.

"Towards a Sustainable Transport System" is now open to consultation before a Transport Green Paper is published next spring.

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