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Notes from the writer/LibDem parliamentary candidate for Somerton & Frome

Election Day – 19: Transport (Second in a series of 4 policy statements)

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Liberal Democrats believe our transport system is too slow and expensive in getting us from ‘A’ to ‘B’. There is too much traffic on the roads, trains and tubes are expensive and overcrowded, and buses are too few and far between. Transport should be affordable and reliable so people can have a real choice about how to travel. That’s how we can cut pollution and make it easy for people to leave their car at home.


Our Tube system is a shambles, especially at weekends, with many lines and stations within the borough closed, and works over-running by unacceptable margins. We would hold London Underground and TfL to account, and ensure they give contractors the opportunity to do the work at the least inconvenience to the passenger.
Only the Liberal Democrats have costed plans to put the passenger first, with plans for a rail renaissance, reopening closed railway lines and new stations. We also want local people to have a say on bus fares and routes. We want to cut the number of lorries on our roads to reduce congestion and cut exhaust fumes.
Only the Liberal Democrats have been honest with the public about exactly how we will pay for our public transport improvements. Our Future Transport Fund will provide ring-fenced funding for the improvements that future generations need if we are to cut our carbon emissions. These plans will shift freight from road to rail, cut carbon, and improve mobility.
We will reverse Labour plans to expand Heathrow Airport and oppose Boris Johnson’s proposals for a new airport in the Thames Estuary. Unlike the Conservatives we oppose all airport expansion serving London and the South East and so would block expansion at Stansted and Gatwick as well.

The full party manifesto can be found here.


Written by markblackburn

April 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm

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