Party manifestos reveal transport priorities

April 15 2015  

Party manifestos reveal transport priorities
Labour would delay construction of the A27 Arundel bypass in West Sussex if elected to help pay for a freeze in rail fare rises for one year.
 
The party said at the launch of its manifesto on Monday that it remains committed to improving the south coast road, but would hold back from the Arundel upgrade, along with dualling of the A358 near Taunton in Somerset, to help save £200M.
 
Conservative candidate for Arundel & South Downs Nick Herbert tweeted: "Users of the congested A27, local economy and environment will continue to suffer if Labour is elected. They cancelled the Arundel bypass before."
 
Labour has also promised a “swift decision” on expanding airport capacity in the South East following the Davies Review, and proposes a new national rail body to oversee and plan for the railways.
 
In its manifesto launched yesterday the Conservative Party placed an emphasis on devolving “far reaching” powers and budgets over transport and economic development to large cities with elected mayors.
 
It also pledged to strengthen transport connections in areas such as the North of England, the South West, the Midlands and the East of England.
 
In the North the Tories would invest £13Bn in transport and electrify main rail routes and in the South West it plans to improve major roads including the M5 and A30.
 
The Liberal Democrats manifesto, published today, reveals that the party also intends to deliver the Transport for the North strategy and develop transport links to and within the South West.
 
The party added that it would carefully consider the conclusions of the Davies Review into runway capacity, but it remains opposed to any expansion of Heathrow, Stansted or Gatwick.
 
A policy to scrap HS2 is one of the key transport-related pledges in the UK Independence Party manifesto, also launched today. The party added that it opposes pay as you go road user charging schemes and installation of speed cameras as 'revenue-raisers' for local authorities.
 
The Green Party said that it would focus on decarbonising the UK’s transport system and end the “wasteful and destructive” national major roads programme. It would instead focus on local public transport and support an active travel bill for England.
 
The Scottish National Party has launched a manifesto for business, in which it said it would push for a high speed rail link between Glasgow, Edinburgh and the north of England as well as for Scotland’s connection to HS2.
 
Plaid Cymru’s manifesto argues that Wales should be given a fair share of the money being spent on public transport in England, and the party also supports an alternative route to that planned for the M4 upgrade around Newport.

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