Chris Irwin - Transport

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Presentation by Chris Irwin at South West Stakeholders meeting held on 9th November 2010.

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Chris Irwin - Transport

  1. 1. Let’s hear it for the South West South West Stakeholders, Exeter, October2010 Transport
  2. 2. Who has the slowest moving urban traffic in the UK?
  3. 3. We do! Average speeds in Bristol are slower than in any other UK city: according to a city-speed league table compiled jointly by the AA and Trafficmaster average traffic speed was 16.8mph, compared with London’s 16.9mph. Who has the slowest moving urban traffic in the UK?
  4. 4. Who has the highest inter- city rail fares in Europe?
  5. 5. We do! Some of the turn-up-and- go rail fares in the region are higher than those for comparable UK routes and perhaps throughout the EU For example, Swindon- London costs 44p per km in standard class Who has the highest inter- city rail fares in Europe?
  6. 6. Who has the oldest rail fleet and the most life-expired main line?
  7. 7. We do! GWML infrastructure was so life-expired that in 2000 HMG listed its up-grade as number four out of eleven national projects that were to be delivered by 2010 – see Paragraph 6.21, Transport Ten Year Plan 2000 , DETR, July 2000 Who has the oldest rail fleet and the most life-expired main line?
  8. 8. Who has the worst access to buses in Great Britain?
  9. 9. We do! Only 82% of households in the SW are within 13 minute’s of a bus stop with a service at least every hour. The UK average is 90%. Who has the worst access to buses in Great Britain?
  10. 10. Who makes most use of private cars?
  11. 11. We do! SW households make 15% more trips by car than the British average and travel 20% further. Who makes most use of private cars?
  12. 12. Who has the lowest Government spend per head on transport?
  13. 13. We do! According to Table 9.15 of HM Treasury’s Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis, 2010, the spend per head in the SW last year was £248 – compared to a UK average of £363. Who has the lowest Government spend per head on transport?
  14. 14. Did things improve with the recent Spending Review?
  15. 15. They got: • Dual carriageway to Norwich • Midland Metro extension • Upgraded Tyne & Wear Metro • Mersey Gateway • Regional rail electrification in NW • Crossrail go-ahead • London Underground upgrade • Yorkshire network improvements • M1 & M62 capacity enhancements • Major improvements for ECML • Upgrade of Birmingham New St. • Faster WCML times to NW …and more… Did things improve with the recent Spending Review?
  16. 16. We got: • Improvement to M4/M5 junction • Poole Bridge • Weymouth relief road • East of Exeter M5 junction • Taunton Inner Distributor Road …We’re losing… • 10-30% of bus subsidies …We’re getting… • Big, above CPI, fare rises • Big service reductions …We await a decision on… • Electrification and new trains Did things improve with the recent Spending Review?
  17. 17. 1. One last push now for electrification 2. Plan for the long term 3. Speak with a single voice – and not too gently 4. Use the fact that 51 of the coalition’s MPs are ours What should we do about it all?

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