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Sunday, 1 April, 2001, 12:52 GMT 13:52 UK
Transport - issues for car, train and plane users
Transport Corr Tom Symonds
BBC transport reporter Tom Symonds looks at the issues surrounding modes of transport in the UK and the systems ability to deliver.

Public transport

The increase in the number of cars on the UK's roads is predicted at over 25% over the next decade. But will the system be able to cope with such an increase? It's estimated that investment of 60bn over the next 10 years is needed if the transport system is to be effective.

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Rail

The rail industry has been subject to serious criticism from passengers in recent years. Rail crashes tragically led to the loss of life, severe delays on the rail network caused massive inconvenience for travellers and the debate continues about privatisation of the railways.

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The fuel debate

The intensity of last years fuel protests took the government by surprise. The price of fuel remains an issue for motorists with recent attempts by the government to placate hauliers in particular hasn't worked.

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Air travel

The reduction in the cost of plane fares has resulted in a massive growth of air travellers in recent years. Airports like Heathrow in London has seen capacity stretched to the limits. Decisions need to be made or whether major airports should be expanded or should smaller regional airports be further developed to meet the growing demands of travellers.

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