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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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  • 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 and Denise Miswell Lane Public Open Space
    Article: Aug 30, 2017
    It has been a long-standing anomaly that a triangle of land off Miswell Lane in Tring was privately owned despite being designated as Public Open Space by the former Tring Urban District Council - a situation which has dragged on for nearly 50 years!
    This was the subject of a 12-year court case which firmly established the land as Public Open Space. Unfortunately the land was then sold at auction by the owners and bought up by a developer at a price far in excess of what Dacorum Borough Council (DBC) thought at the time it could afford.
  • Smoke Free
    Article: Aug 29, 2017

    It is now 10 years ago - on 1st July, 2007 - that it became illegal to smoke in any pub, restaurant, night club, most work places and most work vehicles in England. This followed earlier bans - on 1st April, 2007 - in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. And in the Republic of Ireland, a similar ban had been brought in three years earlier than that - on 29th March, 2004.

  • A14 Traffic at Present
    Article: Aug 16, 2017

    After the good news of newer, longer trains and improved Sunday services comes the rise of regulated rail fares by a massive 3.6% rise from January 2018 onwards, government statistics have today revealed. This is significantly greater than this year's figure of 2.3% and the largest rise since 2011.

Nick Hollinghurst