Labour's transport policy

Labour's transport policy

Lib Dems call for rail rethink

A LEADING Lib Dem politician has called on the Government to re-think proposed changes to the CrossCountry rail network from Scotland.

Labour hints at abolition of bridge tolls

LABOUR is expected to agree to "examine positively" the partial or full abolition of tolls on the Forth and Tay road bridges.

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Executive drive fails to slow the rise in car commuting

CAR commuting has reached its highest level since devolution despite efforts by the Scottish Executive to improve public transport, its own figures showed yesterday.

'Run more trains, cut fares and limit traffic'

TRAFFIC access to the Forth Road Bridge could be restricted and Fife-Edinburgh train fares cut to help reduce car commuting across south-east Scotland, according to a new transport blueprint.

Car trips 'costing billions'

A STUDY carried out in the Capital has discovered that British companies are losing billions of pounds a year by taking business trips by car instead of travelling by train.

Only one bidder for £300m Scots motorway contract

THE £300 million contract to build the controversial M74 extension in Glasgow has attracted only one bidder, it emerged yesterday.

Alexander told to put the brakes on rail plan meddling

TRANSPORT secretary Douglas Alexander has been told to stop meddling with rail routes, amid a new threat to a vital service linking Scotland with the south of England.

Crumbling city roads need £150m to put right

EDINBURGH'S crumbling roads are in need of a £150 million repairs programme to catch up with years of neglect.

Give transport greater priority

DEVOLUTION has brought a significant and welcome increase in public spending on transport infrastructure. The Executive has also tried to find a respectable balance between meeting higher environmental standards (through promoting the use of public transport) while still investing in more road facilities - a juggling act that has often seen it criticised by both sides.

Executive in a jam over transport failures

Key quote "Time after time, this Labour-led administration has made the wrong choices, picked wrong priorities for major transport projects and become trapped in a series of high-profile, high-cost, but low-value transport projects" - Fergus Ewing, SNP transport spokesman

Network Rail warns MSPs' demands for stations will hit new line

NETWORK Rail yesterday warned that a new line between Edinburgh and Glasgow will be delayed by MSPs' calls for the number of stations to be doubled so that their constituents do not miss out.

'Real costs' of airport growth are too high

THE costs of airport expansion outweigh the economic benefits, environmental campaigners claimed today.

New directors named for transport agency

TRANSPORT Scotland, the agency behind the new Dalkeith bypass and a proposed rail link to Edinburgh Airport, has appointed two new non-executive directors.

Politicians 'did not have the guts' to push through congestion charging

THE architect of London's congestion charge has accused Scottish politicians of cowardice and self-interest for the failure of two schemes north of the Border.

Big supermarkets to drop petrol prices

BRITAIN'S two biggest supermarkets are dropping the price of petrol, they announced yesterday.

Transport lessons for Executive

THE latest transport statistics published by the Executive suggest that the image of a land overrun by the predatory, environment-hating motorist is far from the truth. Certainly, the number of motor vehicles licensed grew by 3 per cent to 2.53 million in 2005, which is a third more than in 1995.

Outcry as motorists take cover from ban

A LOTHIANS company is offering speeding drivers insurance against being banned from the road.

Call to cut road signs in bid to reduce countryside clutter

SCOTTISH transport chiefs want the number and size of the nation's road signs reduced in an attempt to crackdown on roadside "clutter" spoiling the environment.

Girl racers push up insurance costs

THE cost of car insurance for young women has increased as a result of a new generation of "girl racers", according to a report.

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