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Main points from the Integrated Transport white paper

  • New powers for local authorities to tackle pollution and congestion by levying charges for driving into town centres and for private workplace parking with the money raised locally to improve public transport.

  • Pilot charging schemes for motorways and trunk roads.

  • Local transport plans encouraging use of buses, walking and cycling for short journeys and safe routes to schools to reduce school run traffic. Improved facilities for people to make connections and better information for passengers. The plans will also require local authorities to consult with businesses and local people to develop all forms of transport with local long-term targets for improving air quality, road safety and public transport, and for reducing road traffic.

  • Better maintained roads, better traffic information and management.

  • Greater investment in bus services.

  • The introduction of regional traffic control centres.

  • A new independent Commission for Integrated Transport to advise on transport integration at a national level and act as a force for change.

  • A new Strategic Rail Authority to promote the interests of passengers and freight customers.

  • A rail infrastructure investment fund and a rail passenger partnership scheme.

  • A national public transport information system by the year 2000 to make it easier to plan and make public transport journeys.

  • A new airports policy.

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