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A Five Billion Pound National Disgrace

Having watched the progressive degradation of Government policy on planning and transport in England over the past 15 years, I thought I was beyond being shocked. But a quick analysis of the Government announcement on its five billion quid Housing Infrastructure Fund left me speechless. Well, almost...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 04 February 2018

Transformational Dreams

Thanks to a quirky coincidence, I was in a small town in the north of England when Transport for the North launched its Strategic Transport Plan, setting out its aspirations for what it grandly called transformational growth over the next third of a century. Well, quite a lot of the north is in need...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 21 January 2018

An Egregious Future

Few elephants live in this country and most of those that do live in zoos. So conservation of them is unlikely to figure in any 25-year environment strategy, which is a pity, as the Plan published by the Government yesterday must have had two very large pachyderms roaming silently around the launch ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 12 January 2018

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Confused messages in Welsh transport plans

Added on 23 September 2016

The Welsh Government has set out a five-year plans for a sustainable economy and public services, but its commitment to motorway construction as well as public transport indicates continuing conflict in its aims.

First minister Carwyn Jones said the five-year plan, Taking Wales Forward, makes clear a relentless focus on improving the economy and public services, making Wales prosperous, secure, healthy, active, ambitious, learning, united and connected.

On the environment, its aims include working towards an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2050.

Its transport proposals, however, include a substantial increase in emissions by building the 24km M4 relief road and improvements to the A55, A40 and other trunk roads.

The document does, however, include a commitment to creating a South Wales Metro system and to advance development of a metro for north Wales.

The Campaign for Better Transport welcomed the commitment to public transport, including tackling lack of funding for buses.

But it said it was disappointing this would be undermined by the M4 plans whose £1bn cost would starve the transport system of essential investment.

"A new motorway across the Gwent Levels would be hugely expensive in both financial and environmental terms, and its construction would take Wales backward not forward," said head of campaigns James MacColl.

Taking Wales Forward

Campaign for Better Transport

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