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Ham and High, and Barnet Times

Ham and High: "So what is the future of transport in Barnet?"
was accidentally changed by a sub-editor to
"So what is the future of transport in Brent?"


Barnet Council states transport priorities

The Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Lynne Hillan, has announced her new cabinet.

Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Brian Coleman said:
"My priorities are roads, roads, roads and roads."


Barnet Times and Willesden Observer letters (and recent advert)

Possible change in light-rail scheme assessments?

The Coalition Government has published its 'Programme for Government' today.

Here is the transport section:


The Government believes that a modern transport infrastructure is essential for a dynamic and entrepreneurial economy, as well as to improve well-being and quality of life. We need to make the transport sector greener and more sustainable, with tougher emission standards and support for new transport technologies.

We will mandate a national recharging network for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

We will grant longer rail franchises in order to give operators the incentive to invest in the improvements passengers want – like better services, better stations, longer trains and better rolling stock.

We will reform the way decisions are made on which transport projects to prioritise, so that the benefits of low carbon proposals (including light rail schemes) are fully recognised.

We will make Network Rail more accountable to its customers.

We will establish a high speed rail network as part of our programme of measures to fulfil our joint ambitions for creating a low carbon economy. Our vision is of a truly national high speed rail network for the whole of Britain. Given financial constraints, we will have to achieve this in phases.

We support Crossrail and further electrification of the rail network.

We will turn the rail regulator into a powerful passenger champion.

We will support sustainable travel initiatives, including the promotion of cycling and walking, and will encourage joint working between bus operators and local authorities.

We are committed to fair pricing for rail travel.

We will work towards the introduction of a new system of HGV road user charging to ensure a fairer arrangement for UK hauliers.

We will stop central government funding for new fixed speed cameras and switch to more effective ways of making our roads safer, including authorising ‘drugalyser’ technology.

We will tackle rogue private sector wheel clampers.

Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond


New Conservative Party Chair admires "transport-oriented developments"

In a 2006 BBC Newsnight's series on finding the best public services in the world, Conservative Party Vice Chair Sayeeda Warsi - just appointed to the Cabinet, and as Conservative Party Chair by David Cameron -  reported on efforts to overhaul public transport in one US city...
"PORTLAND, OREGON isn't just about successfully getting people out of their cars. What's really clear, is the extent to which transport is the absolute bedrock of community development.

"The city is an international pioneer in transit-orientated developments, high-density, residential and business units around light-rail stops and transit centres. 

"Portland's Transportation Commissioner, Sam Adams, puts the city's success down to three main factors: 

the marriage of transportation and land use issues, 

public and private partnership, 

clear results."

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