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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.

  • Lara Pringle Candidate Herts PCC
    Article: Feb 16, 2020
    Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats announce Lara Pringle as their Police and Crime Commissioner candidate.

    Lara is an experienced criminal barrister and a Liberal Democrat Councillor in Dacorum. She has built up a reputation as a formidable campaigner and a champion of social justice.
    As a criminal barrister with over two decades of experience prosecuting, Lara understands what drives crime. She recognises the huge challenges faced in the criminal justice system and knows that strategic investment and a change of focus is required.
  • Tyne and Wear Stadler Vehicles (RTM)
    Article: Feb 16, 2020

    Nexus, the public body which owns and operates the Tyne & Wear Metro, announced today (12th February, 2020) that the Swiss company Stadler, had been awarded a £362m contract to build 42 new trains for the network between now and 2024. The trains will be built in a recently-opened factory in St Margrethen, Switzerland, but 30 UK companies would be involved in supplying parts and components - half of them being in the North East.

  • Cambridge Charge Up Leaf
    Article: Feb 15, 2020

    Hydrogen is a godsend for people who want to put a stop to this silly leftwing pinko fad for electric cars! A brilliant way to stop all that liberal rot before it changes our way of life - and we don't want that!

    From The Times to the Daily Mail the constant refrain nowadays is "Don't buy a battery EV - because soon they'll be obsolete and we'll all be using hydrogen!" Sadly this provides (some) Tory councillors and decision-makers with the additional mantra of "No, we're not providing any more EV charging points because current technology is soon going to be obsolete as everybody moves to hydrogen - so let's wait and see!". And that was the response in Hertfordshire's County Hall the last time County Councillor for Tring, Nick Hollinghurst, asked the Executive Member for Highways about providing more EV charging points across our County.

    Fortunately there are signs of a more balanced approach to powering transportation vehicles - by which I mean the whole gamut of the various ways of getting people and things from A to B (and back again if need be).

  • Little Tring Car Park Finished
    Article: Feb 13, 2020

    AN EASY WALK IN THE COUNTRY NEAR TRING - now Even Easier to get to and the car park resurfaced with a smooth dog-friendly finish.

    With better public health and improved quality of life in mind, Tring County Councillor, Nick Hollinghurst, has arranged a couple of simple improvements to the local road and footpath network between Dundale Road and Little Tring.

  • Tringford Road 30 mph Speed Limit Extension
    Article: Feb 12, 2020

    30 mph SPEED LIMIT EXTENSION in TRINGFORD RD near New Mill, Tring.

    At one time HCC County Councillor, Nick Hollinghurst, had an aspiration to install traffic lights on the canal bridge, but it turned out to be very expensive and a lot of people were against it.

    So that was that - and money was freed up for more offroad parking, footway repairs, resurfacing work etc.

  • CCUSIEA (Pictutre from IEA)
    Article: Feb 6, 2020

    Carbon capture has actually been around for a long time. In the late 1930s it was used to remove carbon dioxide from town case to improve its calorific value - but not for long.

    Carbon capture will cost a significant amount in terms of finance and energy - electricity production costs will go up and the energy available to consumers will go down. There will be net and not inconsiderable reduction in capacity.

    Then there's the problem that toxic chemicals and solvents are used to treat the flue gas.

    And once the carbon dioxide is captured then there is additional cost of getting it to the storage site and them forcing the stuff down into geological receptacle of choice.

    None of this is impossible, and improved methods of capture are being tested right now, but I think it is fair to say that this will be a transition technology to avoid waste of the investment already made in power stations still with decades of useful productive life.

  • Freight Train at Felixstowe
    Article: Feb 2, 2020

    In the battle to save the planet, there are many fronts - and rail can play its part too.
    Over the last 10 years or so a lot of EU and UK money went into improving the rail line from Felixstowe to Nuneaton to take the new higher and longer sea containers. The final stage was commissioned last summer and the maximum number of container trains between Felixstowe Docks and Nuneaton has now been increased from 33 to 47 journeys in each direction.

    Some of these trains go cross-country to the Midlands, the North West and to Scotland now no longer need to use the West Coast Main Line between North London and Nuneaton. This improves rail capacities for us locally and all along the line from Euston to Birmingham. Other trains go north through the East Midlands and the East Coast and these rail improvements have enabled the Doncaster Railfreight Interchange, which opened only 18 months ago, now to be served by a fifth container train per day from Felixstowe. These extra trains to Doncaster take lorry traffic off the A14, A5, A120 and the M1, A1(M) and the M11.

    When you consider that the average freight train replaces 76 lorries (which is equivalent to over 300 cars), you can see that not only is road traffic and air pollution significantly reduced, but road safety is also improved.

  • Acorn CCUS (Pic from Acorn and Energy Voice)
    Article: Jan 31, 2020

    Last summer (26/06/19) the UK Government announced an award of £4.8 million to Acorn, for its Pale Blue Dot project involving carbon capture and underground storage (CCUS).

    The project, which will use the St Fergus gas plant near Peterhead and a number of existing pipelines will bring carbon dioxide as gas from Grangemouth near Edinburgh. The Grangemouth Refinery and Petrochemicals complex has been contracting spasmodically since 2005 and currently unused plant and equipment there can be used to handle carbon dioxide captured at English and Scottish power stations, e.g. Drax.

    Carbon dioxide can be transported either as a gas or liquid under pressure but in the quantites likely to be produced it is likely that it would reach Grangemouth by pipeline, rail or sea.

    The Pale Blue Dot project was originally funded by the EU and the Scottish government but now the UK contribution will go a long way towards meeting the £11 million cost of the next stage of working the project up to a commericial operation. This will last until early 2021 and Acorn hope to have the project working at planned capacity by 2024.

    The carbon dioxide is to be injected into depleted oil fields and into a geological reservoir of saline water deep underground.

  • Aldbury Traffic Calming Consultation Jan 2020
    Article: Jan 30, 2020

    Tuesday 21st of January saw a full house in Aldbury's Memorial Hall as local residents crowded in. The occasion was a presentation by a consultant hired by Herts County Council officers for new proposals for traffic calming measures.

    Some years ago the villagers started a quest for bringing in traffic calming to their picturesque and tranquil village. discussions took place at the time with the County Council and shortly afterwards Parish Council was awarded a grant from the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for design work to be carried out by consultants that they has appointed and were paying for.

  • East West Rail Clearance 2
    Article: Jan 27, 2020

    HS2 could make an important contribution to the UK economy and to rail communications generally, perhaps with more realistic technical specifications - and especially with a lowering of the maximum design speed. There is a risk of course that it will just suck more jobs, businesses and prosperity out of the Midlands and engender a new breed of "super-commuters". Meanwile other projects suffer and there is a developing case for building HS3, an express cross-Pennine railway, independently. This would be cheaper and could provide significant regional development with less risk and greater cost-effectiveness.

    And then there is a long list of other simpler schemes, which could repair the "rail poverty" that blighted many market towns and communities after the Beeching cuts of the 1960s. Not only would these help to reduce dependence on cars but would bring prosperity back to areas currently hit by the wrong end of social and income inequalities.

    One such scheme would be the East-West rail project, which is a prudently costed venture that can proceed incrementally. The first stage is already completed with the upgrade of the line from Oxford to Bicester and then, with the replacement of a key curve and a new junction, via the Chiltern Line into London Marylebone, adding capacity to supplement the Oxford to London Paddington route.

    The second stage, however, is the restoration of the currently disused line through Bicester, then to via Winslow to Bletchley. To complicate matters the government decided this and the succeeding sections from Bletchley to Bedford and then over completely new track from Bedford to Cambridge, would involve a private company, noe set up and called the East West Railway Company which will oversee the establishment of a line from Bicester to Cambridge.

    However this second stage could be ready to start very soon. Network Rail submitted a Transport and Works Act Order application to the Secretary of State for Transport for the Bicester-Bletchley segment in July 2018. The Public Enquiry in connection with this ended on 1 May 2019 but since then, and up to now (January 2020) we have been waiting for a decision Department for Transport.

    If this section is to proceed then within four years we could have local services at least running between Oxford and Bletchley and Aylesbury and Bletchley, and then via the Marston Vale Line to Bedford.

    The picture shows the existing disused track between Bicester and Bltchley after the lineside vegetation was cleared away 6 years ago.

    And the whole line to Cambridge could be rebuilt anew for a tiny froction of HS2's ballooning costs.