What a total uninspiring policy that is, god these people should give people hope by saying vote for us and we will build this line etc.
A Conservative Government will provide more green transport choices, but will not bully people out of their cars.
IMPROVING BRITAIN'S RAILWAYS
To ensure the rail industry puts passengers first by tackling overcrowding and improving services, we will:
* Make Network Rail more accountable to passengers, with powers to block executive bonuses in the case of engineering overruns or repeated failures
* End damaging Government micromanagement of our railways
* Encourage train operators to make long-term investments by making 15- to 20-year franchises the norm
We will also examine how high speed rail can be used to tackle Britain’s transport problems, for example by helping to relieve capacity at Heathrow.
We will take steps to tackle some of the worst bottlenecks on Britain’s roads. In some cases this will mean making better use of the capacity we have; in others, building new roads.
Our focus on improving public transport and providing people with viable alternatives to car travel will reduce congestion further.
In addition, we will address one of the major competitive disadvantages facing the UK haulage industry by ensuring that overseas trucks who use UK roads contribute towards the cost of their upkeep.
MAKING LOCAL TRANSPORT GREENER
Labour are blackmailing councils into introducing local road-pricing in return for vital transport funding. We will liberate this money, and let councils use it to fund the green travel initiatives that will work best in their areas, such as projects to encourage cycling and bus use.
Exactly if you create some pork barrel policies, like trams for cities like Leeds, Portsmouth, Bristol etc, you have a better chance of getting elected as people at local level have a reason to vote for you.There is also no mention of public transport networks in the regional capitals. 'Making local transport greener' can just mean more eco-friendly buses- when the answer is actually in Supertram networks/tube networks.
We believe that the transport system should empower individuals to make sustainable choices about the way in which they live, while offering modern, affordable, accessible and reliable means of travelling around Britain.
We believe that building more roads and runways will not tackle congestion. We would invest in a proper public transport system, taxing lorries and domestic flights to invest in high speed rail. By cutting petrol duty and Vehicle Excise Duty and introducing a revenue-neutral motorway and trunk road pricing we can encourage people who can use public transport to switch out of their cars - and still be fair to those in rural areas who can't.
By 2015 and beyond our rail nework will be reaching capacity. We will provide substantial new investment, and update the franchise system to demand more investment from train companies, to create the 21st century rail network our children and grandchildren need.
The failed deregulation of the bus industry must be reversed. We will give local authorities much more control over the pricing and planning of services to create a viable local transport system.
We are debating new transport policies at our Autumn Conference in Bournemouth. To find out more see Fast Track Britain: Building a Transport System for the 21st Century
I agree, I love the Victorian Can Do attitude. Think big and achieve big I say and that goes for a lot of things.They're all ambitious, but that will push them more to get things done. You have to be ambitious if you want change- the Victorians had an ambitious vision and made sure it was realised.
I like that phrase. I will remember it and use it. If anyone wants proof, Boris Johnson in London.The Tories have failed before they are even in office.
Please :nuts:Well the US has just voted in a president with ambition; 'yes we can', so maybe that will inspire British people to vote in a party with ambition (ie the Lib Dems).
CTRL: funded and built under Labour.To be clear: I dont vote conservative.
However, their track record on transport - they have done more than Labour ever did.
Think CTRL, think ECML, think Metrolink, think Nexus, think Jubilee line.
At about 20x the price? JLE cost gbp3.5bn in 1997 money, for half the length of Crossrail. Indeed, the epic Tory disasters that were the JLE project and Railtrack/WCML upgrade were the main factors that scared Labour off big rail projects in their first 10 years.These are big projects - spread out across the country. Labour arguably has done some stuff - by building on these exist Tory concepts - but at about 20 times the price.