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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

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