Transport

A faster service

As countries around the world invest in new transport infrastructure, the UK is falling behind. We believe the UK needs to invest in new technologies to update its infrastructure and to ensure we manage the railways properly. This will allow us to connect communities, rural businesses and the UK as a whole.

Sections:

Railways:

  • UK (network rail).

Invest in Rail Infrastructure Across the UK. Railways in the UK are already owned by the government through Network Rail which deals with improvements for railways. They should receive extra funds to increase rail electrification, reopening stations that have been closed due to previous railway cutbacks where the routes aren’t better served by buses or other forms of public transport and increased capacity on overcrowded routes.

Whilst large investments in the railways will mean increased taxation in the short term, they may actually be outweighed by increased trade in the long term. It helps businesses transport goods and will have particular benefit for businesses in rural areas.

  • Wales (Transport for Wales) going to be nationalised, Scotland (Transport Scotland) franchises, Northern Ireland (Department for Infrastructure) nationalised, England (Department for Transport).

A Mixture of Public and Private Providers Running Trains. One of the largest issues with the UK’s train system is the lack of competition which has ended in delayed services, higher prices and poor customer satisfaction. Although we still believe in the government issuing contracts to private companies to run an area of railway, they need to be strengthened.

If a company fails in properly providing the service, then they will be replaced by nationalised trains until a suitable company to run the railways can be found. This should include poor customer service or excessive delays. Secondly, the government should allow charities, community organisations and other organisations to bid to run railways.

This will help both ordinary people and businesses that use the railways as extra competition should drive down fares.

  • UK (network rail).

A review into the trains used by HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail. The HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail lines should be completed as they are too far into development to cancel them. To potentially improve these lines, we support a review into whether faster trains can be used on the lines including maglev trains as are being built within Japan.

Roads:

  • Wales, Scotland, England, (Northern Ireland?).

Invest in Roads. Extra investment in roads means the government allocating more money for highways England along with extra money for the welsh and Scottish governments which can be used to increase funding for Transport Scotland, the North and mid Wales trunk road agent and the south Wales trunk road agent. This funding should be targeted at rural areas, especially in Wales and the Highlands. It may also be possible for new roads to be white to reflect more heat and to cool the surface temperature during hot weather.

  • UK wide.

Support Self Driving Vehicles. These have several benefits which include reducing mistakes resulting from human error and making longer journeys easier for drivers. This can be alongside the switch in the future to electric cars. Google is already testing self-driving cars and Tesla uses autopilot features in its cars.

  • UK wide, London (Transport for London).

A Mixture of Public and Private Providers Running Buses. If a bus company has low customer satisfaction ratings or have caused excessive delays as a result of that companies fault, then public buses can be run as an alternative option. We should also allow charities, community organisations and other organisations to bid to run bus routes. This would help to create competition between different bus providers. This will drive down fares especially helping students and the elderly who rely on our bus services.

  • UK wide, London (Transport for London),

Support Autonomous Buses. Self-driving buses are more efficient, allow for people to request specific stops and the switch can be alongside a switch to electric buses. This technology is still in early stages although the technology is already being tested in the UK.

  • Only applies in England,

Focus on building new roads rather than smart motorways. Smart motorways sometimes use the hard shoulder for traffic which can cause accidents if cars need to use the hard shoulder in the event of an accident. This would include both ‘all lane running’ systems where the hard shoulder is removed permanently and ‘dynamic hard shoulder’ systems where it is removed when there is heavy traffic. However, this does not apply to ‘controlled motorway’ schemes which do not use the hard shoulder.