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Transport: From stop-go to ready to go


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Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

Transport: From stop-go to ready to go
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date
14 July 2000
source Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
type Press release

note News Release 479


The Transport 10 Year Plan is set to deliver a massive funding boost - and a detailed strategy - to transform the country's transport network, Minister for Transport Lord Macdonald said today.

Speaking at the close of a series of visits across the country to hear people's concerns and ideas about improving transport, he said:

"Over the past months during visits to every region, I've heard at first hand people's concerns about transport in this country - and how they want to see it transformed. Our 10 Year Plan for Transport - due to be published very shortly - will show the investment available and the action to be taken to improve road and rail and public transport networks.

"Most importantly, it will give transport a massive funding boost. Stop-go financing has hampered progress in the past. Action will now be accelerated by more assured access to investment and quicker procurement processes.

"Delivering a first-rate and integrated transport system has been our aim ever since we came into office. Three years of intensive work and preparation have produced this country's first transport White Paper for over twenty years, a new Transport Bill, and five-year local transport plans for every area.

"A clear route map is now laid out between investment in road, rail and bus, between big national projects and vital local schemes. I'm confident we have achieved the right balance."
Key areas of the plan will include:

- making life easier for motorists and safer and cleaner for the community by tackling congestion bottlenecks on the roads, improving journey times, and increasing the number of by-passes to be constructed;

- improving the railways by delivering more capacity on the track, more attractive stations, a modernised train fleet, and measures for delivering at least 75% more rail freight movements, saving 1 billion lorry kilometres, and a 50% increase in rail passenger journeys;

- improving public transport by delivering more light-rail systems, giving people a modern, effective alternative to the car, and high-quality bus networks.
A partnership between public and private sectors will be at the heart of the transport renaissance, with private investment alongside public spending transforming transport over the next decade. The Plan will be underpinned by regional strategies based on detailed studies to identify the best transport solutions across the country.

Notes to editors
1. Key transport achievements since 1997 include:

Thirteen new stations and 50 new rail freight terminals in the last three years.

An extra £170m spent on rural buses, creating over 1,800 new and enhanced services in England alone.

Jubilee Line extension now completed, running from west London to the Millennium Dome.

Private sector investment secured in other transport areas - £8bn for London Underground; £3.3bn for Channel Tunnel Rail Link; £1.3bn for NATS.

1,300 more trains being run daily to meet demand.

Shadow Strategic Rail Authority started work on 1 April 1999, restoring a sense of direction and unity to the industry and re-negotiate franchises, including rail freight.

Bus quality partnerships in 150 towns and cities - increasing bus use by 10-20 per cent. Industry investment has now doubled, and is running at £380m a year.

Local authorities already given £750m for next year to help put transport plans into action - set to rise to £1bn in 2001/02.

Docklands Light Railway delivered two months early and on budget.
2. A Commission for Integrated Transport survey published on July 10 showed that transport-related issues are the most important local concern in England today.


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