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MORE jobs would be created by reducing car use and encouraging a switch to rail travel, according to a new report.
The findings. commissioned by pteg, the Campaign for Better Transport and Sustrans from researchers Ekosgen, show that 100 direct rail jobs support 140 ‘indirect and induced’ jobs, while 100 direct motor industry jobs support only 48 other jobs.
The conclusion is also supported by evidence from the United States that investing in public transport creates twice as many jobs than investing in roads.
The report goes on to say: ‘It is widely accepted that sustainable transport is at the heart of tackling congestion, in delivering important international commitments on climate change and bringing about the change to a low carbon economy. In addition this research firmly demonstrates that the sustainable transport sector also employs significant numbers of people (estimated at almost half a million jobs) which can make an important contribution to the economic recovery and growth.’
Stephen Joseph, who is the director of the Campaign for Better Transport, said: ‘This report clearly shows for the first time that sustainable transport industries are major employers and are in fact on some measures more important to the overall economy than the motor industry. Investment in sustainable transport can support the low carbon industries the Government says it wants to encourage. In deciding its spending priorities, the Government must learn the lessons from other countries, where consistent long term investment in rail and bus has supported domestic manufacturing industries providing skilled jobs.’
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