Like most of you I don’t “do miserable” and I’ve been itching to start the fight back. Local Government has always been Lib Dem territory because we believe in communities and remain aghast at how badly so many are served by their local governments. So when I got a chance to support Elaine Bagshaw in launching her campaign for Mayor of Tower Hamlets I jumped at it. Of all the places that need effective local Government focussed on people, listening to people and functioning with integrity, Tower Hamlets must be near the top of the list. As Elaine says, it’s a largely deprived community in the shadow of the extra-ordinary wealth of the City of London.
Elaine has lived in the area for years so she knows Tower Hamlets’ issues like the back of her hand. But what I also love is that Elaine is part of the new generation who will now take over our party. I don’t mean just new as in young, though that is true of many, but also the flood of new members of all ages who are joining with such a sense of purpose and with a vision of the future. Old warhorses like me can provide the back-up but one silver lining of a bad defeat is that a natural passing of the baton takes place. And goodness those folk did turn out at Elaine’s launch, at least 50 of them, all ready to spend the day on the doorsteps.
Hucknall is set to be transformed thanks to £8.5 million funding, Lib Dem Transport Minister Baroness Kramer announced today.
The investment will mean a reduction in traffic congestion, faster bus services, enhanced cycling facilities and improved road junctions.
The town centre will also be made more pedestrian-friendly through the widening of narrow pavements on the high street, creating a safer space for shoppers and visitors.
Susan Kramer said:
Good public transport is vitally important for creating jobs and it makes a town more attractive for residents and visitors. This funding will help regenerate Hucknall town centre and is a further demonstration of this government’s commitment to building stronger local economies with fast, reliable transport links.
The project is being led by Nottinghamshire County Council and work is due to start in August 2015, with expected completion in January 2017. The funding will support the full project cost of £12.9 million, the remainder will be funded by Nottinghamshire Country Council.
Baroness Kramer visits Taiwan and Japan to help raise the profile of UK companies and transport expertise.
Lib Dem Transport Minister Baroness Kramer visited Taiwan and Japan (26 to 30 January 2015) to raise the profile of UK companies in the rail and transport sector.
The minister led the biggest ever railway delegation to Taiwan, consisting of 14 UK companies and organisations to showcase their expertise in complex, large scale rail infrastructure projects such as HS2, Crossrail and network electrification that are at the heart of the government’s rail modernisation programme.
This visit included a seminar which brought together UK experts and over 200 decision-makers in Taiwan’s railway, metro lines and station development projects. The minister witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between railway associations to strengthen the exchange of rail technology, and a letter of intent for the UK’s National Skills Academy for railway engineering to offer training courses to Taiwan.
Lib Dem Transport Minister Susan Kramer marks completion of £2.5 million scheme to install footbridge and lifts.
Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer visited Cornwall today (22 January 2015) to see how government investment is transforming journeys and improving accessibility for passengers using St Austell station.
A new footbridge with accessible lifts has been installed at the Grade II listed station thanks to £2.5 million of funding from the government’s Access for All programme, which improves access to the UK’s rail network. The waiting room and toilets have also been refurbished, and the shopping facilities improved.
The minister joined representatives from First Great Western, Network Rail, Cornwall Council, St Austell Town Council and the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership to celebrate the completion of the works.
It is vital that our rail network is accessible to all. That is why by the end of 2019, we will have spent more than £550 million improving accessibility at more than 200 stations, as part of the record investment we are making in the railways.
These improvements will make a real difference to passengers in St Austell, as well as providing an impressive and convenient gateway for tourists visiting the area. This is all part of our plan to build a stronger economy and a fairer society.
Network expansion to transform the city’s transport system awarded new funding.
A pioneering bus scheme in Bristol will be more than doubled thanks to a huge £27 million grant from the government, Lib Dem Transport Minister Baroness Kramer announced today.
The MetroBus network uses dedicated ‘busways’ to provide new express bus services into the city. The infrastructure will also boost existing bus services, which can use the busways to beat congestion.
The new money will support the second phase of the Bristol MetroBus scheme and see the construction of another 3.1 miles of busways in the south of the city.
The new South Bristol Link will connect to the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads MetroBus section already under construction. The rapid bus services will help encourage people to use public transport and cut congestion, while cycling and walking will be helped by the inclusion of safe, dedicated paths running alongside the routes.
Lib Dem Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said:
This £27 million will help transform travel around Bristol. The South Bristol Link will help get traffic off the roads, spark economic growth and link people to jobs. Our investment continues our commitment to help build stronger local economies, give our cities first-rate transport systems and benefit the UK as a whole.
The scheme announced today consists of a combined new road and rapid transit link to the south and west of Bristol city centre between the A370 Long Ashton Bypass and Hengrove Park. The Department for Transport will fund up to £27.6 million towards the £43.3 million total cost. The work is scheduled to be completed by November 2016.