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Poll makes public transport top priority

Public transport has been voted the public’s number one priority for investment for the second year running, according to the ICE’s latest public services survey.

The survey monitors attitudes to key public services.

It showed that demands for further investment in rail, bus and tram service have increased year on year, with 26% of people ranking it as their first priority at the end of 2009, up from 21% in December 2008.

Roads and highways came in as second priority, jointly with rubbish and waste disposal.

Public transport and roads and highways have also received consistently low satisfaction ratings over the past year compared with other services.

ICE director general Tom Foulkes was unsurprised that the public said it wanted further investment in transport systems.

“Ongoing issues with delays and lack of capacity are making public transport an increasing source of frustration to the general public, many of whom rely on it for all their travel needs. Not only do we need to increase capacity urgently, especially on our overloaded rail network, we need to invest in maintenance and upgrades to meet growing demand,” he said.

“Investing in our public transport networks will have direct economic as well as environmental benefits, helping to encourage the public off congested roads and highways and onto lower carbon travel options such as rail and buses. As stressed in the ICE’s recent State of the Nation report on low carbon infrastructure, if the UK is serious about achieving a low carbon economy we need to offer the public affordable and efficient green alternatives.”

Satisfaction with rubbish and waste disposal has also fallen consistently over the past year.

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