Savage decisions are needed to ensure that the UK's transport system remains able to support the nation's economy, Commons transport select committee chairman Gwyneth Dunwoody said this morning.
Speaking at NCE's Executive Breakfast Briefing at Civils 2006, Dunwoody said that it is 'stupid, unimaginative and short-sighted' that it is now cheaper to run a car than to use public transport.Dunwoody said that 'savage decisions' would have to be made on road user charging but added that it is 'extraordinary' that there is no accepted definition of congestion and that no-one has yet worked out the cost of it to the UK economy.'There has not been an informed debate because people do not want to talk about it. Government has got to be clear on the real costs and that is essential before we take radical decisions.'It requires a lot of homework first. That is not a reason for not doing it, it is a reason for doing it,' she added.'