LABOUR IS planning a £100M boost for developers of renewable energy sources if it wins the election, according to its manifesto, which was published last week.
It plans to set up a fund to encourage the development of offshore wind farms, solar energy and waste to energy plants.
The fund will add to money raised by the Climate Change Levy on energy intensive industries. It will also complement the work of the Carbon Trust, established to encourage the use of pollution free technology.
'We will support research into clean coal technology and investigate its commercial possibilities, ' says the manifesto.
The document also outlines a promise to examine the part privatisation of nuclear fuel company BNFL through a public private partnership.
On transport, the manifesto backs moves to put the Strategic Rail Authority in charge of investment in major rail projects, which will be done using private finance. It also backs plans to restructure Railtrack as a track and signal infrastructure operator.
The document repeats support for congestion charging schemes, accelerated planning inquiries, completion of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and the development of London's Cross Rail and East London Line extensions.
Meanwhile, business lobby group London First has launched a political party aimed at putting London's 'transport crisis' at the top of the political agenda. The Get London Moving party manifesto includes demands for a firm date to hand over the Tube to Transport for London, commitment to a hybrid bill for Crossrail and invitation of tenders for the East London Line Extension.
Motorists should be charged for parking at out of town shopping centres as part of a policy to cut car travel, says the Green Party's manifesto published last week. The Greens also want to encourage development near transport interchanges to reduce the need for people to travel. It wants to increase aircraft fuel tax to discourage travel abroad.