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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 July, 2004, 14:44 GMT 15:44 UK
At-a-glance: Transport strategy
Transport Secretary Alistair Darling has announced the government's transport plans for the next 10 years.

Here is an outline of his main points:


  • A study had been undertaken on road pricing for cars where charges would depend on road use and the level of congestion.

  • The study concluded that a national scheme had the potential to cut congestion by about half as well as providing environmental benefits.

  • "Whilst a national scheme is not yet feasible, undertaking road pricing at a local level could be feasible now and the study suggests it would greatly improve understanding of the benefits", he said.

  • Doing nothing would be the worst possible option, he warned.


  • The case for the London Crossrail scheme was strong but the estimated 10bn cost meant it was a huge challenge.

  • A hybrid bill would be introduced so the project could go ahead while the government worked with Ken Livingstone and the London business community to sort out funding.

  • The bill would be introduced at the earliest opportunity although major funding problems remained to be resolved, he said.

  • The government will contribute an extra 340m towards transport projects in the capital needed to underpin the bid for the 2012 Olympics.


  • Tram schemes for Leeds and South Hampshire could not be approved due to escalating costs.

  • Councils will be given new powers over bus franchising to guarantee routes, timings and fares.

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