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DfT slammed by transport committee

The Department for Transport (DfT) has been slammed by the government's transport select committee for not meeting five out of seven of its own targets.
The DfT met only the targets for road safety and rail punctuality, missing targets for congestion, air quality, public transport and CO2 emissions. But transport committee chair Gwyneth Dunwoody chided the DfT even for its apparent successes. 'I imagine that most rail users would be surprised to hear their experiences described as the pinnacle of the department's annual achievements, while success against the road casualty targets is subdued by the daily toll of death and injury,' she said.The committee pulled no punches, lambasting the DfT for its poor record on climate change, which it said should be a priority, criticising Metronet for its poor record on the London Underground, and the system of bus and rail operators.The full DfT statistics for 2006 are published today. To read the report, click here.

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