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Transport

We believe that an integrated, environmentally sustainable transport system, with access for all, promotes economic development. This requires an integrated transport policy, which decades of de-regulation and increasing privatisation have thwarted.

Privatisation of the railways has not served the nation well, and we support re-nationalisation. Rail fares must come down to increase rail use and reduce the burden on our roads.

We oppose the privatisation of the road network.

We support re-regulation of buses services nationwide and the expansion of bus routes to provide better services to rural and isolated populations who depend on them.

We support transport initiatives to improve the connectivity and economic fortunes of our major northern cities and towns. But we believe HS2 has run into too many problems and we believe there are better ways to invest £50bn with a much wider range of policies, to improve the connectivity and economic fortunes of our major northern cities and towns.

We would promote walking and cycling in our cities and towns with more cycle lanes and greater urban pedestrianisation.

Public safety must be a priority in design, planning and building.