Danny Alexander was right to mention work within the government on getting fairer fuel prices in rural areas where people have little choice but to drive and emissions are lower per mile travelled. As Local Authority budgets are pressed further, there will be increasingly less public transport (witness the decision to have no subsidised buses on Sundays in County Durham). Danny Alexander was particularly worried about remote areas such as his own patch in the Highlands where petrol prices are much higher than the norm. But any scheme must remember isolated parts of the North East, such as North and West Northumberland (Kielder is the most remote village in England and petrol is about 20p a litre more expensive on occasions).
As Ed Milliband has mentioned, this is hard to do but it is important consideration is given to creative schemes.