DTI Transport committee inquiry into The Future of the Railways

The government set out a new direction for transport policy in its integrated
transport strategy White Paper, 'A New Deal for Transport: Better for Everyone', published in July 1998. This was followed by the 'Ten Year Plan'. A new era for the railways expansion was envisaged, which would be justified on economic and environmental grounds. Road building was severely curtailed, and a policy in roads of 'predict and provide' abandoned.

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