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Ten year plan 'undermines urban regeneration'

GOVERNMENT EFFORTS to promote urban regeneration could be undone by its own transport policy, an industry think tank has warned this week.

The Independent Transport Commission (ITC) fears that the £180bn of road and rail improvements promised in the 10 year transport plan will ease travel and allow commuting from as far as 160km away from big cities.

The ITC's warnings are based on research by Professor Sir Peter Hall and Stephen Marshall of the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.

It is outlined in its report The land use effects of the ten year plan, published this week.

Manchester's commuters would move to North Wales and the Lake District while those from Birmingham could relocate to Hereford and Shropshire, says the ITC report.

It also warns that many inner London commuters will move to East Kent after the Channel Tunnel Rail Link opens, while others will go to the West Country and the East Midlands.

Lincolnshire is forecast to be the fastest growing county in England.

The ITC's main conclusion is that the government failed to examine the effects on land use of the inter-city transport proposals set out in the 10 year plan.

'The new infrastructure is bound to open up opportunities for development in cheaper areas outside our towns and cities, ' said ITC secretary Terence Bendixson. 'This must in some way conflict with urban renaissance.

INFOPLUS www. trg. soton. ac. uk/itc

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