What Do the Different Political Parties Promise for Transport?
The Conservatives have promised new investment on the railways -even though surprisingly Boris has recently cast doubt on the future of HS2 as the scheme is fiercely opposed by grassroots Tories. Boris is also maintaining his ambivalent position on the proposed 3rd runway at Heathrow -something which does not carry support from the other two main parties, either!
In contrast to the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats are both pledging to build HS2 as well as the new Transpennine line. They also want full electrification of existing lines to scrap diesel trains and Labour are also planning to cut fares by a third.
On the roads, all parties are flexing their green muscles. The Tories have pledged £1billion for a fast-charging electric car network, more electric buses and £350 million for cycle lanes. Again, Labour and the Lib Dems are pledging to go further and faster. Labour in particular would deregulate the bus network and allow councils to take it back into public hands, in the process offering free travel to all under-25's and electrifying the entire bus fleet by 2030.Back to News