English regions should be "sent for retraining" after their applications for Government transport cash showed heavy biases towards road building, environmentalists have claimed.
Transport 2000 said in some regions only five per cent of the transport schemes in the "wish lists" were for public transport.
The criticism of the Government's requests for regional transport funding priorities follows a similar attack by the West Midlands anti-road lobby last month.
Both Friends of the Earth and the Campaign to Protect Rural England said a list of 25 priorities, drawn up by the West Midlands Regional Assembly, had failed public transport because the Government guidelines created a bias in favour of roads.
However, Transport 2000 today released figures showing the West Midlands was one of the regions asking for the most cash for passengers over drivers - with 39 per cent being requested for bus, rail and tram projects and 51 per cent requested for road building.
It described some of the other results as "shocking" and urged the Government to stress the importance of public transport.
The group said that English regions had collectively allocated 72 per cent of their transport budgets to roads and only 24 per cent to public transport schemes in the projects for which they are applying for Government funding for the next 10 years.
The East Midlands and south east England made the case for spending 95 per cent of funding on roads.
Transport 2000 said Government guidance issued to the regions failed to instruct them to achieve a balance between public transport and road building, or to look at wider sustainability issues.
It added the process excluded funding for heavy rail projects altogether.
Transport 2000 public transport campaigner Meera Rambissoon said: "Asking the regions for their priorities was a good idea in principle but without proper guidance, they've been trying to make a cake with no proper recipe to follow.
"Central government should have guided the process much more closely. The whole thing has been something of a waste of time and we urge the Government to look very carefully at the quality of the advice that has come from the regions.
"Clearly some regions need to be 'sent for retraining' on the importance of public transport."
She added: "It is particularly shocking that some of the regions have decided to pour their transport budgets into roads and not much-needed public transport at a time when feelings are running high over the number of tram schemes axed by the Government.
"The process hasn't even given heavy rail a look-in and a number of urgent rail upgrades identified around the country have been excluded by default." n Meanwhile, Friends of the Earth has criticised the near £1 million cost of studying possible congestion charging for Shrewsbury and alternative routes for the town's North West Relief Road.
The lobby group said the combined studies were originally to have cost £480,000 - money granted from the Government's Transport Innovation Fund.
However, Shrewsbury Council is to allocate an extra £400,000 out of the separate Local Transport Plan government funding stream.
Dave Green, from Friends of the Earth, expressed "shock" at the cost of the studies.
"Last year's consultation on the relief road showed 48 per cent of respondents wanted work done on other solutions than building the road whilst 52 per cent were opposed to congestion charging. These feelings seemed to be being ignored by the County Council."