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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • Train on Bacon Factory Chord New Bridge
    Article: Sep 29, 2017

    It's always goood to see a long-awaited project delivering benefits. In this case the so-called "Bacon Factory Chord" in the north of Ipswich.

    This is a combination of a new bridge over a river, a curve of relaid track and new points that will eliminate the need for reversing trains - always a slow and expensive procedure - destined for Nuneaton, the Midlands and the North West.

  • Steam Roller
    Article: Sep 27, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat Opposition councillors at County Hall have been shocked and angered to hear that HCC are intending to extend the contracts of much-criticised highways contractors Ringway for a further 5 years.

    Councillors were told in a short email on Monday, that the final decision would be made in November.

  • A507 ()
    Article: Sep 23, 2017

    Huge volumes of traffic, sharp bends, low bridges have been causing problems for years on the A507, which, for an "A" road, is quite narrow in places. Villages are plagued with congestion and pollution and HGVs have difficulty in passing each other in several places. In addition, there have been numerous bridge strikes as larger HGVs, misled by inaccurate satvav, are too tall to get under the Baldock railway bridge.

  • Sheffield Tram Train 2 ()
    Article: Sep 19, 2017

    25 years behind the first successful link between a light rail and a normal rail network constructed in 1992 in Karlsruhe, the first trams designed to run on the first such link in the UK (dubbed "tram-train") have finally been introduced into passenger service.

    Paul Maynard, the Rail Minister, was present, together with councillors and transport managers from across Sheffield for the introduction of the new Stadler tram onto Sheffield's Supertram network.
  • Article: Sep 9, 2017

    Council By Election Win for Lib Dems as Tories drop by 20%

    ELY SOUTH (East Cambridgeshire) result:

    LDEM: 39.9% (+13.2)
    CON: 31.1% (-19.7)
    LAB: 29.0% (+6.5)

    Liberal Democrat GAIN from Conservative

  • Double Yellow Lines Station Road
    Article: Sep 9, 2017

    London Road, Hemel Hempstead - Waiting Restrictions
    Beggars Lane, Tring - Clearway, Verge Parking Places and Parking (just completed)
    Various Roads in Tring - 20 mph Speed Limit
    Lime Walk, Hemel Hempstead - Waiting Restrictions
    Three Cherry Trees Lane, Hemel Hempstead - Experimental Waiting Restrictions
    A 4146 Leighton Buzzard Road, Hemel Hempstead - 7.5 tonne Weight Limit
    Nettleden Road etc, Little Gaddesden/Nettleden - 7.5 tonne Weight Limit
    Chapel Croft, Langley Road etc, Chipperfield - Waiting Restrictions, Parking Places

  • Croxley Rail Link
    Article: Sep 5, 2017

    Travellers at Bank Holidays have to be braced for difficult journeys as so often these are the only practical times to carry out essential repair and improvement work.

    This August Bank Holiday was no exception as the line was closed for the weekend to allow Network Rail to renew track between Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted stations and to carry out planned upgrades. Some drainage work was also done at the same time.

  • Siemens Rail ()
    Article: Sep 3, 2017

    The Tories' unexpected and disasterous cancellation of the electrification of the rail lines from Cardiff to Swansea, Oxenholme to Windermere and on the Midland Mainline North of Kettering is a huge setback for our railways, the regions, the travelling public and the environment. Electrification means faster journeys, extra capacity, greater efficiency and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Investment as planned that would have produced huge benefits later.

  • Sadiq Khan
    Article: Sep 2, 2017

    The creation of a suburban Metro, the devolution of London's suburban rail services from the Department for Transport (DfT) to Transport for London (TfL) and strong support for Crossrail 2 are key elements in the Mayor of London's, Sadiq Khan's, draft transport strategy. Sadiq Khan and his team had worked extensively on his plans during 2016. Unfortunately, and for no good reason I can think of, the Conservative Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, withdrew DfT involvement, which has slowed the process down.

  • EVEC Milton Keynes (Chargemaster plc)
    Article: Aug 31, 2017

    Chargemaster plc, which installs and maintains the Polar network of electric vehicle charging points, supplies electricity and administers a billing system, opened the UK's first multi-brand electric vehicle showroom to the public on Saturday 22 July.

    Chargemaster is running what it calls an EV Experience Centre (EVEC) as part of the Milton Keynes Go Ultra Low City scheme. The EVEC, which is situated in the Centre:MK shopping centre, provides information, advice and test drives.

Nick Hollinghurst