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Ten year plan for transport - progress being made


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Department for Transport

Ten year plan for transport - progress being made
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date
17 Dec 2002 00:00
source Department for Transport
type Press release



Steady progress is being made to deliver the aims set out in the Government's ten year plan for transport Alistair Darling, Transport Secretary said today.

Launching 'Delivering Better Transport' - the first report on progress towards the delivery of the ten year plan, Alistair Darling acknowledged however that major challenges remain.

The report sets out what has been achieved since the Ten Year Plan came into effect in April 2001. It outlines improvements to the transport network over the last eighteen months including:

Rail
- Establishment of Network Rail to ensure safe and reliable operation of infrastructure.
- Reached 90% completion of the first phase of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and started work on the second.
- Seen £1 billion worth of new rolling stock already in service. Strategic Road Network
- Completed 5 major new road schemes.
- Seen work started on the M6 Toll Road and 17 other major road improvement schemes.
- Started a programme of 100 trunk road improvements to improve safety and tackle congestion.

Local Transport
- Doubled the funding for local transport authorities - who are now delivering thousands of smaller schemes through their five year local plans.
- Approved or provisionally approved 116 major new local projects - including 10 light rail lines.
- Seen bus patronage nationally begin to grow after years of decline and stagnation.
- Seen light rail use grow nationally by over a third in the last two years.

Alistair Darling said:
"The Ten Year Plan set out for the first time a clear direction for improving transport in this country - backed up by £181bn - an unprecedented level of investment.

"Eighteen months on, the progress report clearly demonstrates that much has been achieved. However, we are under no illusions that things are going to get better overnight. There are no quick fix solutions here.

"After decades of under-investment, the plan provides year on year investment to deliver the improvements that our transport system so badly needs."

In addition, the report gives a baseline figure for congestion in 2000. This suggests that there was more congestion in 2000 than was used as the baseline forecast when the 10 Year Plan was published. This, coupled with economic growth, means that whilst the Plan will still have a major impact in slowing the growth of - and then reducing congestion - it will be even more difficult to reduce congestion to 2000 levels.

The report also outlines how spending on the railways will increase over the next few years - rising from £2.1bn in 2001/02 to £4.3bn in 2005/06. This is £312m less for the SRA over the coming three years than was forecast earlier this year. Spending on rail is double what was spent at the start of the Plan.

Notes to editors
Copies of the progress report 'Delivering Better Transport' are available on the DfT website at www.dft.gov.uk/tran2010/index.htm

The 10 Year Plan will be subject to a review before the Government's spending review in 2004.

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Department for Transport Website: http://www.dft.gov.uk



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