New Labour took office claiming it was going to revolutionise transport provision. There has been much talk of radical measures, such as parking and congestion charges to finance an increase in public transport, but so far very little action. The contents of the Integrated Transport White Paper,
due in early June, are still being fought over by Prescott and the Treasury.
Labour kicked off its review of the road sprogramme by announcing an 'accelerated review' of 12 schemes which needed urgent decisions. Five were given the go ahead, including Britain's first directly tolled motorway, two were scrapped and five, mostly design, build, finance and operate schemes, were delayed. The full review is expected shortly after the publication of the White Paper. Insiders expect the results to be bloody.