With the recent release of the three major parties’ manifestos, the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Labour have all promised to invest billions of pounds into the UK’s transport infrastructure.
We’ve outlined the manifestos from the three major parties, focusing on their proposed plans for motorists and holidaymakers.
Labour claims it will:
Place the UK at the forefront of the development, manufacture and use of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).
Retrofit thousands of diesel buses in areas with the worst air quality problems to Euro 6 standards.
Helping and encouraging people to get out of their cars, aiming towards better health and a cleaner environment.
Continue to advance and maintain the road network and improve bottlenecks.
As a priority, look at improving the A1 North, the Severn Bridge and the A30.
Abolish the tolls on the Severn Bridge.
Aim for zero deaths on UK roads and re-establish road-safety targets.
Bring private rail companies back into public ownership as their franchises expire.
Finish the HS2 high-speed rail line from London through Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester, and into Scotland.
Liberal Democrats want:
A diesel scrappage scheme, a ban on the sale of diesel cars and small vans in the UK by 2025 and extend ultra-low-emission zones to 10 more towns and cities.
All private hire vehicles and diesel buses licensed to operate in urban areas to run on ultra-low-emission or zero-emission fuels within five years.
To reform vehicle taxation to encourage sales of electric and low-emission vehicles and develop electric vehicle infrastructure, including universal charging points.
To invest capital in major transport improvements and infrastructure.
To shift more freight from road to rail.
To deliver the Transport for the North strategy.
To complete East West Rail, connecting Oxford and Cambridge.
To pursue the electrification of the rail network, improve stations, reopen smaller stations, restore twin-track lines to major routes and proceed with HS2, HS3 and Crossrail 2, including development of a high-speed network stretching to Scotland.
Conservatives want to:
Retain a target for almost all new cars and vans to be zero-emission by 2050, along with a commitment to invest £600 million by 2020 to help achieve it.
Continue to develop the strategic road network, providing extra lanes on motorways and improving key routes, as well as fixing pinch points.
Focus on creating extra capacity on the railways.
Increase services on our main lines and commuter routes, and launch new services to places which are poorly served.
Continue a programme of strategic national investments, including High Speed 2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and the expansion of Heathrow Airport.