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In this series of five blog posts we look at what the 2015 Manifestos of the Conservatives; Labour; the Liberal Democrats; the Green Party; and UKIP have to say on the key Built Environment topics of:
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Invest a record £13 billion in transport for the NorthElectrify the main rail routes.Build the Northern Hub.Upgrade the A1, M62, M1 and A555 link road.
The above is in addition to the £50 billion commitment to build High Speed 2 – the new North-South railway linking up London with the West Midlands, Leeds and Manchester – and develop High Speed 3 to join up the North.
Invest a record £5.2 billion in better transport to/from, the MidlandsUpgrade the M1 and M6.Electrify the Midland Main Line from St Pancras to Sheffield.
Connect the East of EnglandImprove rail connections to East Anglia, delivering ‘Norwich in 90 minutes’ and ‘Ipswich in 60 minutes; andUpgrade key roads like the A11 and A47.
An independent National Infrastructure CommissionSet up an independent National Infrastructure Commission to assess how best to meet Britain’s infrastructure needs.
RailContinue to support the construction of High Speed Two, but keep costs down, and take action to improve and expand rail links across the North to boost its regional economies.
Review the franchising process as a priority to put in place a new system and avoid a repeat of the Conservatives’ franchising fiasco. A new National Rail body will oversee and plan for the railways and give rail users a greater say in how trains
Legislate so that a public sector operator is allowed to take on lines and challenge the private train operating companies on a level playing field.
RoadsSupport long-term investment in strategic roads; address the neglect of local roads; and promote cycling.
BusesGive city and county regions more power over the way buses are operated in their area by the Devolution Act transferring £30 billion of funding to city and county regions, along with new powers over economic development,
skills, employment, housing, and business support. This will include control over local transport systems so that in future, local bodies can integrate trains, buses, trams and cycling into a single network.
AirportsFollowing the Davies Review, make a swift decision on expanding airport capacity in London and the South East, balancing the need for growth and the environmental impact.
More local decision-making Further devolve economic decision-making to local levels, prioritising the transfer of transport, housing and infrastructure funding.
RailDevelop a comprehensive plan to electrify overwhelming majority of the UK rail network, re-open smaller stations, restore twin-track lines to major routes.
Proceed with HS2, as the first stage of a high-speed rail network to Scotland.
Support options for an intercity cycleway along the HS2 route, within the overall budget for the project.
Deliver the Transport for the North strategy to promote growth, innovation and prosperity across northern England.
Develop more modern, resilient links to and within the South West peninsula to help develop and diversify the regional economy.
Complete East-West rail, connecting up Oxford and Cambridge and catalysing major new housing development.
Work to encourage further private sector investment in rail freight terminals and rail-connected distribution parks.
Shift more freight from road to rail and change planning law to ensure new developments provide good freight access to retail, manufacturing and warehouse facilities.
Ensure new rail franchises include a stronger focus on customers, including requirements to integrate more effectively with other modes of transport and a programme of investment in newstations, lines and station facilities.
Encourage Local Authorities to consider trams & support new light/ultra-light rail schemes where local people want them.
Airports No net increase in runways across the UK.
Conisder conclusions of Davies Review and develop a strategic airports policy for the UK.
Oppose any expansion of Heathrow, Stansted or Gatwick or any new airport in the Thames Estuary due to local air/noise pollution issues.
Bring rail services into public ownership and control.
Build new reservoirs in the south and east of England.
Not start any new private finance initiative projects and set local authorities free to borrow to fund local capital investment in social housing, electricity generation and distribution, and local public transport.
Set up a fund of up to £5 billion over the Parliament to buy out existing PFI projects where it is a good deal to do so.
Allow local authorities to run local public transport and other local services such as domestic and commercial waste disposal, community energy schemes and local food production entirely as they wish, including using publicly owned and run services and
employing social enterprise and voluntary sector organisations.
Support walking and cycling. In particular, ensure that pedestrians and cyclists get their fair share of road space and would spend at least £30 per head on them over every year of the Parliament.
Stop airport expansion, in particular no new runways at either Heathrow or Gatwick, and ban night flying.
Prioritise public over private transport, electrification of the transport system and access over mobility.
Consider recommendations in the final report of the Davies Commission into airport capacity and connectivity in the UK.
UKIP firmly believe that part of the solution to the lack of airport capacity in the South East is to re-open Manston Airport.
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Melissa Moore is a dual qualified in England and Wales and South African lawyer and has 14 years’ experience in property practice in England. She has worked in local government and been a partner at a regional law firm and most recently an associate director at Berwin Leighton Paisner which she joined in 2005. Melissa has wide experience in all areas of property law and specializes in commercial real estate development. She has experience in a number of sectors including hotel, leisure, offices, investment, industrial, motorway service stations and funding. She has worked on large scale strategic developments and government funding initiatives, town centre regeneration schemes and private mixed use developments both for public sector and private developers and investment funds. In 2013 she was ranked by Legal 500 as recommended for local government work.
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