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Opposition's 'scathing dossier' of inactivity

THE first anniversary of the integrated transport policy white paper was accompanied by a scathing dossier of Labour's transport inactivity in 10 key areas by Shadow Transport Minister Bernard Jenkin.

The Jenkin dossier highlighted:

  • The continued persecution of motorists with higher taxation and less transport spending.
  • Proposals to inflict more misery with congestion taxes and taxes to park at work.
  • Slashing the roads programme from 140 schemes to 37, ignoring many by-passes.
  • Destroying the haulage industry with the highest taxes in Europe and refusing to listen.
  • Mishandling the rail network and failing to address the real problems of rail failure.
  • Stalling plans for privatisation of the Tube, thus denying Londoners needed finance.
  • Failure to offer public transport alternatives to the car, particularly in rural areas.
  • Delaying the privatisation of Air Traffic Control which needs £100 million a year.
  • Ignoring pleas for tax incentives to reinvigorate the shipping industry.
  • Failing to do anything to encourage more walking and cycling.

Jenkin said: 'John Prescott has failed to address the problems of standstill Britain. His only idea to reduce congestion was to get rid of road space on the M4 to put in a lane for a few buses and the Prime Minister's car.

'His white paper was nothing but a glossy document with some strong rhetoric but little of real substance within it. A year ago, the Government promised much but they have failed to deliver. All we have had in the last year is dithering and delay, chaos and consultation, but no policies, no legislation and no extra money for transport. Britain deserves better.'

As the political debate on transport intensifies, the Institute of the Motor Industry says jobs are on the line in the motor industry if car drivers are continually targeted in future Government Budgets.

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