Margaret Thatcher never liked them but David Cameron is planning to put trains at the heart of Tory transport policy. "If we are to meet our international obligations on climate change, it is clear that we need a major increase in rail use. Trains are the most environmentally effective way of getting around," he said yesterday.
"The Tories will try to overcome their record as the architects of rail privatisation with a challenge to ministers to spend up to £8bn from increased franchise deals on tackling overcrowding. Chris Grayling, the shadow Transport minister, will call on the government to back projects such as the expansion of Birmingham New Street station and the expansion of the London Thameslink service to make an immediate impact on journeys."