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RAC Foundation warns of political apathy on transport

As the country heads to the polls today, the RAC Foundation has criticised the political parties for failing on transport in their election manifestos. It analysed the main party manifestos and found transport was not a priority.

For example, transport does not feature in Labour's 10 goals for 2010 and the Labour manifesto devotes only one of its 44 pages to transport. The Conservative manifesto gives half a page out of 47 to transport and does not include transport in its five disciplines for a sound economy. The Liberal Democrat manifesto devotes two pages out of 20.

Sir Christopher Foster, chairman of the RAC Foundation, said: "The next Government will ignore transport at its peril as things will get worse before they get better."

He cited a Mori survey that showed almost a third of voters said public transport is a key issue in deciding which party to vote for. Foster continued: "It is disappointing that the political parties have not given more emphasis to the importance of transport."

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