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Norman Baker writes… Towards a smarter public transport system

April 12, 2011 6:12 PM

• [Apr 11] Norman Baker* writes: AS readers of Lib Dem Voice will know, it has long been our party's aim to create a transport system in this country that moves people towards low carbon options, including modal shift to public transport. This is not only crucial to achieve our environmental goals, but is also important to move away from our reliance on oil from, in particular, politically unstable countries.

So how do we do this at a time of austerity, when the Department for Transport has had to reduce its budget by £638million? We need to be smarter . .

Public transport should be the veins that transport the lifeblood of our economy, the people, around the country. It should be simple, and by making it simple and convenient more people will use it. By 2020 I would like to see seamless travel on one smartcard throughout the country.

• A single smartcard that you can use whether you are in Bristol on the bus, on the Tube in London or on the Metro in Newcastle.

• A single smartcard that lets you hire a bike or join a car club.

• A single smartcard that can be topped up in shops, online or by phone.

• A single smartcard that makes travel easier and cheaper.

Smartcard technology has the ability to revolutionise the way we travel. We are making it happen.

* MP for Lewes and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Regional and Local Transport), Transport - and author of The Strange Death of David Kelly

• Norman Baker writes… Towards a smarter public transport system [Lib Dem Voice Apr 11]