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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • DB Schenker Freight Train
    Article: Aug 11, 2018

    DB Cargo UK is the UK's biggest railfreight provider and has just gone through a programme of restructuring and modernisation in response to changing patterns of trade. They are using new systems and improved IT to streamline processes and deliver a more reliant and resilient transport service. A key element in all this is a £6 million expansion of its steel coil warehousing facility in Wolverhampton at Horseley Fields, including the addition of a new internal rail line. This will then bring the storage, handling and re-distribution capacity up to 40,000 tonnes of steel in the form of 3,325 coils.

    One of the biggest beneficiaries will be ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel company, which brings steel into the UK through the ports of Immingham, Hull, Goole and Boston. Moving steel by rail to a central location for the majority of its journey, will significantly reduce the carbon footprint for the products that will be made from it.

  • Tring Fire Station Open Day Visiting Appliance
    Article: Aug 8, 2018

    Tring Fire Station held a well-attended Open Day last Saturday, 4th August, 2018. However, during that time they had to send both engines out - one to deal with an electrical fire in Berkhamsted and the second to a separate incident elsewhere. Both despatches were handled with speed and efficiency and the first engine returned only just after the second had left. The Open Day was able to proceed without interruption with at least one engine present for the visitors to examine for most of the day.

  • Road Sign small
    Article: Aug 6, 2018

    1.Three Cherry Trees Lane, Hemel Hempstead: EXPERIMENTAL WAITING RESTRICTIONS

    2.A4146, Leighton Buzzard Road, Hemel Hempstead: 7.5t WEIGHT LIMIT

    3.Nettleden Road & others, Little Gaddesden/Nettleden: 7.5t WEIGHT LIMIT

    4.Chesham/Newhouse Roads and others, Kings Langley: WAITING RESTRICTIONS

    5.Wingrave Road, Elizabeth Drive and others,Tring: WAITING RESTRICTIONS

  • Tring CC New Doors
    Article: Aug 6, 2018

    On Saturday 4 August work was going with a swing at the Tring & District Community Centre in Silk Mill Way.

    It was high time that the doors should be replaced and because of the increasing numbers of elderly people using the centre, some of whom are in wheelchairs the decision was to fit automatic ones.

  • Sheffield Tram Train 2 ()
    Article: Aug 2, 2018

    As the first tram-train project in the UK the constuction of the Rotherham to Sheffield Line was never going to be a particularly easy.It was designed to run partly on the type of rails used on the Sheffield SuperTram System and partly on existing Network Rail "heavy rail" track. There were various interactions to be considered apart from the rails, such as power systems, signalling, communications and control equipment.

  • tory bus cuts
    Article: Aug 2, 2018

    County Councils are about more than just potholes! As Northamptonshire has show, county councils are also about good governance and financial prudence.

    This is of course not to say that the massive cuts to county council funding - typically £20 million a year every year for nearly a decade - were not a factor. They were. But the show must go on, however imperfectly.

    The very partial list below is from Herts County Council. We do not necessarily agree, with any particular proposal but the list might illustrate that there are many more issues other than potholes that county counils deal with. And are all being put at risk by continued government financial pressure on the public sector.

  • HS2 Colne Valey Viaduct
    Article: Jul 27, 2018

    The new HS2 railway line, when it is extended to Leeds and Manchester, is currently estimated to cost £56 billion. To put this into context it is roughly the cost of keeping the NHS going for about 6 months. However, while the NHS benefits everyone (at least potentially) the benefits of HS2 are restricted mainly to the travellers along the lines. The headline benefit is that it will reduce the journey time between London Euston and Birmingham by 49 minutes. Indirect benefits are that it will take traffic off the West Coast Main Line and potentially increase capacity for people commuting into London and provide more longer distance services from stations like Watford Junction. This will also enable Crossrail to be extended up the West Coast Main Line to Tring and possible onwards to Milton Keynes. HS2 Phase 1 services are due to start in 2026.

  • chinnor copy2
    Article: Jul 26, 2018

    Chinnor Railway is always well worth a visit - it will be even better when this important extension is completed!

    Big news! Princes Risborough Platform 4 will officially open to passenger services on WED 15 AUGUST when through PR to Chinnor services will become a reality again!

    Tickets will go on sale 1 July when full details of servs & @chilternrailway through ticketing will be on the website

  • Halton Curve
    Article: Jul 20, 2018

    Despite the minority Conservative Government and its harsh austerity programme, there is still a trickle of infrastructure improvements reaching completion. However, these were originally commissioned under the Coalition Government by Liberal Democrat Transport and Environment Ministers.

    One of particular interest to North Wales and the North West is the 1.5 mile Halton Curve near Runcorn which was completed as planned during the Spring Bank Holiday. It will allow additional passenger services to run in the area from December 2018.

  • roadwork sign
    Article: Jul 20, 2018

    Please note that although very welcome, these could result in serious disruption in Tring.

    Note Nos 3, 4 & 5.

    1. A41 Tring By-pass; slip road off to Upper Icknield Way. Local re-surfacing to replace auto-skid surface; Dates to be Announced
    1. B488, Upper Icknield Way; De-restriction signs to No 134 before Northfield Road. Major Patching; August 2018