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- Give central government approval to all subsidy-free airport expansion plans.
- Hold auctions to allocate new landing slot capacity when airports expand.
- Rail franchises will be brought under public ownership under a cooperative model as the franchise agreement comes to an end:
- One third on the board elected by the county council, one third elected by the workers and one third by the public company directors.
- Major railway routes would operate 24/7.
- Greener railways by increasing the number of electric light rail/trains.
- Invest heavily in light rail as well as metro transit systems across all major cities in England: Manchester, Leeds, Bristol etc:
- All light rail and metro systems in major cities would operate 24/7.
- HS1, HS2, HS3 etc. should be extended to cover Wales (Cardiff), North West (Liverpool), Yorkshire (Leeds – Phase 2b), North East of England (Newcastle), Scotland (Glasgow and Edinburgh) and Northern Ireland (Belfast).
- Investment in infrastructure to encourage rail freight rather than movement of freight by road.
- Increased investment in rail infrastructure and rolling stock, to reduce levels of overcrowding:
- Set up a commission that would look at reopening some of the Beeching’ cuts to British railway lines in the 1960’s.
Local Government and Transport
- Local governments should have the power to integrate all forms of public transport including bus, light rail, metro and train services:
- Just like the Oyster Card used in London, a similar payment method will be encouraged within an integrated transport system within each respective Local Government across England.
- Spend £2.5bn on new cycle routes across all county councils in England.
- Allow private investors to finance, build and operate new train and light rail lines at the invitation of the local government.
- Reform of the Bus Service Operators Grant so that it is devolved to local government.
- Introduce road pricing throughout the Strategic Road Network, and use all additional revenue to cut fuel duty.
- We believe that e-scooters should be covered by legislation like that which cover pedal cycles with safety advice on their use on pavements and for it to be mandatory to wear a safety helmet whilst riding them.
- Remove ‘Powered Transporter’ restrictions to legalise the development of dockless e-scooter schemes.
- Lower the driving age from 17 to 16.
- Build a rail-road bridge connecting Scotland with Northern Ireland.