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IN BRIEF - light rail schemes

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The government wants more light rail schemes in future, secretary of state for transport, local government and the regions Stephen Byers said this week. Byers praised light rail schemes in Croydon and Manchester at the Labour Party conference this week and promised more schemes.

All new developments should have the option of a rail link as well as a road link if local authorities are serious about meeting rail freight targets set in the government's 10 year plan for transport, chairman of lobbyists the Rail Freight Group Tony Berkeley told a meeting at the Labour Party conference.

Under private sector management parts of the railway have become 'a disaster', prime minister Tony Blair said in his speech at the party conference. Blair added that there were good and bad examples of both public and private sector services.

The vast majority of road users believe speed cameras are good, claimed Transport 2000 assistant policy and campaigns director Lynn Sloman. Talking at a Labour Party fringe meeting she accused sensationalist tabloid reports for speed cameras' initial unpopularity, but that research showed support for them rose when deaths began to fall.

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