The Liberal/Conservative coalition has agreed a programme for Government which includes a sketch of their transport priorities, here.
Conservative Party (policy page)
- support Crossrail project following 'forensic review' of finances
- UPDATE 19/04: Some doubt cast on CrossRail by Justine Greening...
- UPDATE 05/05: Shadow Chancellor George Osborne confirms Tory CrossRail commitment.
- break up BAA monopoly over airports in the South-East
- expand the remit of the Office of Rail Regulation to focus on consumer
- oppose the third runway at Heathrow
- require local authorities to show new speed cameras are justified for safety reasons
- develop a HS rail line, running via Heathrow
- oppose road-pricing
- Fair Fuel Stabiliser to balance fuel prices
Green Party (policy page)
- double bus fleet size
- subsidise bus fares
- bring the railway system back into public ownership and invest in track and rolling stock, and on urban tram schemes
- provide a £3bn subsidy to cut UK rail fares by one third
- block all new airport runways, including third runway at Heathrow
- block any more major new roads
- levy an aviation fuel tax on all planes arriving in, or departing from, EU airports
- charge VAT on aviation
- increase road fuel tax incrementally
- support the principle of road charging for motorised vehicles
- promote walking and cycling.
Labour Party (policy page)
- support CrossRail
- support HS rail from London to Manchester and Leeds via Birmingham
- support third runway for Heathrow once air, noise & carbon emission targets met
- £10bn rail expansion programme planned for 2009-14, including £5.5bn for Thameslink,
- rule out road pricing before 2015
- stagger 2010 increase in fuel duty, with 1p increase in in April, 1p in October; and 1p in January 2011
- UPDATE 12/04: Labour reverse their support for an additional runway at Stansted
- UPDATE 19/04: trebling the number of secure cycle storage spaces at rail stations
Liberal Democrats (policy page)
- set up a Future Transport Fund to improve the public transport system, paid for by charging for road freight on motorways
- block third runway at Heathrow
- support Crossrail, but push for extra private sector funding
- committed in the long-term to a revenue-neutral road-user pricing scheme on motorways and trunk roads
- invest in UK-wide high speed rail network
- no new major road-building schemes "unless the benefits are clear"
- require new office blocks and other places of employment to have proper facilities for cycling
- UPDATE 13/04: The Lib Dems launch their London Manifesto with no mention of transport...
Monster Raving Loony Party
- Floating bikes for use on the Thames & canals...
UK Independence Party (policy page)
- introduce a 'Britdisc' for foreign lorries using British roads
- return government fuel tax windfalls to motorists if oil prices rise above a set price
- invest in three new high-speed rail lines; allow longer rail franchise periods
- scrap London Crossrail project
- oppose a sixth terminal and third runway at Heathrow, but support the case for a new London Airport in the Thames Estuary
- give residents a vote on speed cameras and remove them where they "serve no use"
- UPDATE 19/04: making cyclists get off and walk at junctions and roundabouts
- UPDATE 19/04: forcing cyclists to get insurance in case they damage a car
This list will be added to as more policies are announced/uncovered.