Transport reform promised in Queens Speech

In todays Speech before Parliament the Queen said the Government would be introducing 28 new bills in a packed legislative programme. One of the key bills aims to cut congestion. Will this sell more bikes?
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Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott said on taking office that the Government's transport policy would have failed if there were not fewer cars on the road after five years: It's a tough target, but I urge you to hold me to it.

A start has now been made on a programme of congestion reduction. The Governments Transport Bill aims to give local authorities power to improve local bus services through partnerships as well as powers to introduce charges on congested roads and workplace parking charges.

Many local authorities are becoming more and more pro-bike because they see cycling as one way to cut congestion. Cycle routes are being built apace and with the new powers likely to be granted to local authorities there will, no doubt, be many more pro-bike initiatives launched.


Heres the (edited) Queens Speech


This is my Governments third legislative programme. It aims to build on my Governments programme of reform as they seek to modernise the country and its institutions to meet the challenges of the new Millennium...

My Governments aim is to promote fairness and enterprise, providing people with real opportunities to liberate their potential. They will focus on continued modernising of our economy, the promotion of enterprise, reform of the welfare system, protection of the public, and the development of a safe transport system.

My Government are committed to creating a modern integrated and safe transport system, providing more choice for the travelling public.


I pray that the blessing of Almighty God may rest upon your counsels.

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