In the second piece of our mini-series, our guest author says fuel duty is running out of time – and that this replacement would most likely leave the average motorist better-off.
We must level-up the country. By providing the funds we need, the Government will send a vote of confidence in the power of local decision-making.
“We can consign the next generation to overcrowding, standing up in the carriageways or we can have the guts to take a decision.”
Controversial high-speed railway is crucial element in the UK government’s agenda to ‘level up’ poorer parts of the country.
That’s why last week I launched my transport plan for the West Midlands – an ambitious, 20-year vision of how our constituent boroughs will be linked in the coming decades.
Ministers have been asked to push the Government’s priorities – tackling crime, funding the NHS, “levelling up” regions. How can these be effected without faster growth?
Would the Government have the bottle for planning, childcare and police overhauls – and will Downing Street sign up to this plan anyway?
The project has its vocal supporters, but there are many areas in the North of England which it will not help at all.
A better railway is crucial to delivering prosperity in every part of the country, connecting communities and transforming regional economies.
For the first time in decades the levers of British influence – defence, diplomacy, aid and trade – could sit alongside domestic efforts in education and infrastructure.
Don’t expect Downing Street to bother too much about what MPs or the media think as it prepares to shake up government.
Brexit will not be the only factor determining the outcome of the UK election, says shadow chancellor.
The SNP demands a second independence referendum next year and an end to austerity.
A Tory-led government would focus on delivering Brexit, improving the NHS and addressing the cost of living, Boris Johnson said.
The Labour Party hopes to win the December election with a radical plan to take on the rich.
Andrew Smith is a Conservative Councillor in Westminster and a consultant for Cicero Group. He writes in a personal capacity… Read more »
The current expensive disruptive route, and the neglect of decrepit local transport, are unacceptable.
A new investment report released today heralds improvements for passengers, communities, the economy and people working in rail.
Since Parliament is unlikely to consider many of the measures proposed today, they should be put to the people as soon as possible.
The era of government-run railway infrastructure has been, for the most part, one of decline and a clear lack of ambition.
Unconfrontational hearing looked more like a coronation than a grilling.
Building the northern sections first could provide a springboard for further projects and combat the idea that the former Mayor of London is too capital-focused.
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The move comes just one day after announcing they would quit the pan-European ticketing scheme.