The importance of effective and well managed transport in a constituency the size of Hexham cannot be overstated. Transport is vital to economic and social life, to the health, education and wellbeing of the community. From getting to work and the shops to enabling visits to hospitals, schools and universities - the region requires a transport system that works. One that enables people of all ages and backgrounds to take part in a full social and cultural life – a transport system that is affordable and does the least damage to the environment.
So what is it like to be a road, rail or bus user in the constituency? How do people get along as drivers and passengers by public or private transport? How do pedestrians, wheelchair users and cyclists get by?
The number of cars on the road increases year on year with towns and villages becoming more congested and less attractive, healthy places to live and visit. Wear and tear on roads along with inadequate speeding restrictions makes life difficult for all road users and driving less of an appealing prospect. Increase in traffic pollution along with the use of pavements as parking places make walking difficult – especially for the old and young, people in wheelchairs or pushing child buggies.
An efficient, well organised and affordable public transport system is therefore crucial. Although some bus companies provide a reasonable service many villages and outlying areas are badly served. As bus services are reduced or withdrawn and the trains on northern routes get older, it becomes clearer that public transport has deteriorated markedly since privatisation. Delays, cancellations and non existing services impair efficient travel and reliable connections with buses, trains, metro and trams beyond the constituency.
Labour believes Britain's rail network should be one unified nationalised industry. The Newcastle Carlisle railway does have its best ever service at the present and the trains have been improved. They are however more than 28 years old. The rail infrastructure of the North East needs massive investment to get more of its potential. Labour looks forward to creating a railway that is properly funded, integrated and fit for purpose.
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