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Government's priorities for its first 100 days


Take positive action to resolve Railtrack's on-going financial crisis - this could even see government taking a stake in the company.

Reorganise and refocus the Strategic Rail Authority - the SRA must be able to drive Railtrack towards delivery.

Renew the East Coast Main Line franchise - delays deciding between Virgin and GNER are threatening investment.


The Kyoto Protocol must be backed at the Bonn climate summit in July - the last major climate talks before Kyoto is ratified in Johannesburg in 2002.

Power Public consultation on the UK's nuclear waste strategy must be published this summer. This must allow a policy decision on nuclear power to follow.

The New Electricity Trading Agreement must be reviewed to enable wind and solar generators to compete when supplying the National Grid.

Tax incentives are needed to urge businesses and homeowners to install photovoltaic solar power cells.

Waste disposal

Government must introduce incentives for manufacturers to stimulate new markets for recycled materials.

Government must publish its promised local authority guidance on how to meet waste recovery and recycling targets.

Urban development Government must allocate sufficient cash to enable local authorities to take over responsibility for regenerating contaminated sites on 1 July.

Air transport Government must give Heathrow Terminal Five planning consent without delay.


The ten year transport plan must be reviewed without delay as it is already out of date, notably on rail and road maintenance.

The break up of the DETR into transport and local government and environment and rural affairs must not hold up delivery.

Motorways and trunk roads Start dates must be announced for bypasses and motorway widening schemes outlined in the 10 year transport plan.

Hybrid bills must be brought forward to fast track the delivery of road schemes.

Local roads and transport Local authorities must be given funds, estimated at £100M, to repair the damage caused to roads by the winter floods.

Legislation governing the allocation of disaster funds to local authorities must be reviewed.

Planning approval for local transport schemes, pending before the election, must be granted swiftly.

Financial incentives must be agreed to encourage local authority congestion charging schemes.

London Underground Government must take the necessary action to broker agreement to enable the regeneration of the Tube to begin immediately.

Flood defence

The new Department of the Environment Food & Rural Affairs must review current flood defence spending arrangements.

Skills shortages Government should back the Construction Industry Council's industry-wide student sponsorship scheme.

Key performance indicators on public contracts should include staff retention and recruitment policies.

Health & safety

Legislation must be bolstered to bring in tougher penalties for health and safety breaches in construction along with more consistent compensation for victims.

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