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This week, in the run up to the forthcoming general election, the political parties have released their latest manifestos. Below, Trusted Dealers takes a look at the SNP, Plaid Cymru and The Green Party’s policies for motorists in the 2015 election.
The Scottish National Party (SNP) is a Scottish nationalist and social-democratic political party in Scotland led by Nicola Sturgeon. The SNP supports and campaigns for Scottish independence ans is the third-largest political party by membership in the United Kingdom, behind the Labour Party and the Conservative Party as well as the largest party by far in Scotland itself.
In the SNP’s latest manifesto, the party stated it is working to further improve Scotland’s transport infrastructure and remains focused on fully utilising the current road and rail network.
Nicola Surgeon said: “We must deliver the right infrastructure for economic success, ensuring all parts of Scotland are open for business. Creating this effective and competitive road, rail, sea and air infrastructure led to the creation of the Road Equivalent Tariff pilot in the Western Isles.
“We’d like to see a faster, streamlined transport system in Scotland and we’re working on improving key road networks, including the dualling of the A90, and a new Forth crossing.”
The SNP are campaigning to achieve the following:
• Faster connections between Scottish cities to deliver shorter journey times between Scotland’s cities.
• Completing the Forth Replacement Crossing – an essential project for Scotland’s economy and detrimental in creating thousands of new jobs.
• Addressing the climate challenge by increasing the budgets for low carbon transport and supporting the creation of the infrastructure for electric vehicles whilst continuing to expand the number of ‘park and rides’.
• Improvements for commuters – to make the commute easier for thousands of Scots with faster and more frequent rail services into our major cities and improvements to our road network to remove bottlenecks.
Plaid Cymru is the National party of Wales campaigning for an Independent Wales within the European Union. Formed in 1925, the party won its first seat in 1966. By 2012, Plaid Cymru had 1 of 4 Welsh seats in the European Parliament, 3 of 40 Welsh seats in the Parliament of the United Kingdom, 11 of 60 seats in the National Assembly for Wales.
Plaid Cymru are campaigning to achieve the following:
• Support for the ‘Blue Route’ M4 improvements which are less costly and can be completed faster than the ‘Black Route’ proposed by the Welsh Government.
• Bringing the Severn Bridges into Welsh public ownership, cutting the tolls and re-investing any profits into Welsh transport infrastructure.
• Improvements to the A55, including the construction of a third Menai Bridge.
• Creating a fuel duty regulator to prevent sudden spikes in fuel prices as well as seeking European agreement for fuel price reductions in rural areas, as already introduced in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
• The introduction of additional electricity charging points in Wales to encourage the use of electric vehicles.
• Funding for urban cycle paths and between communities, particularly in travel to work areas.
• Ensure that the Welsh Transport Commissioner is based in Wales, unlike at present.
The Green Party of England and Wales, led by Natalie Bennett, aims to create an equitable and sustainable society. The party us wholly democratic with policies developed by ordinary members, not just the leadership.
The Green Party are campaigning to achieve the following:
• For all motorists to abandon their vehicles in favour of reliable and affordable public transport and cleaner streets designed to favour walking and cycling.
• For a transport system that is built on sustainable resources. Petroleum is running out and the SNPwould like to contain what is left of it, in the ground.
• Creating a more reliable and cost-effective public transport system that will help to reduce the public health risks attached to vehicle pollution as well as reduce the death toll from road accidents.
• Against air travel citing long-distance travel as the most energy intensive and polluting forms of travel. The Party wants to take away the subsidies provided to the public for air travel, currently a £16 billion per year subsidy in the UK.
Who will YOU be voting for in the general election? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.