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This is the official website for West Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats Local Party.
The West Herts Liberal Democrats campaign in the Parliamentary Constituencies of Hemel Hempstead and South West Herts - from Long Marston and Tring in the North West to Rickmansworth and South Oxhey in the South East.

Chair: James Davies; Secretary: Anne Wellington; Membership Development Officer: Nick Hollinghurst / Phil McDowell (Job Share) Click names to contact.

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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  • Western Section East West Rail (East West Rail Co)
    Article: Feb 20, 2020

    The first direct rail link in more than 50 years between Oxford, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury has been given the green light for further work.

    At the beginning of the month (4 February, 2020) the Secretary of State for Transport approved Network Rail's Transport & Works Act Order application. This means that permission has been granted for work to begin on Phase 2 of the Western Section of East West Rail.

  • First High Voltage DC Connector
    Article: Feb 19, 2020

    The Orkneys are one of the best places in the world for wind, wave and tidal power - and in fact several advanced technology innovations have been proved practical on and close by the islands.

    The islands now produce 20% more energy than they can use but can export this small surplus to the mainland through two old, low capacity cables laid in 1982 and 1988.

    However, there is potential there for 10 time the current generating capacity and the new developments are compromised by insufficient local use and the lack of a high capacity connector to Caithness to connect to the grid.

    The picture shows the first High Voltage DC connector which was installed between Sweden and Gotland - a distance of 96 km - and completed in 1954, nearly 70 years ago.

    Now, despite the project having been first proposed about 15 years ago, prevarication and lack of interest from successive UK governments, have meant that the Orkney-Caithness Connector Project has only just reached it first review stage.

    There would be 50 km of cable between Caithness and Orkney with another 20 km of various undersea cables connecting all the islands around Scapa Flow.

    The lack of this cable has really caused an embarrassing delay to further developments in the islands and is depriving Scotland in particular of a very important green energy resource.

    Perhaps this should have been a Scottish project - not a UK one.

  • East West Rail route through Cambourne (East West Rail)
    Article: Feb 18, 2020

    East-West Rail announced at the end of January 2020 that, following on from an extensive consultation, which included the views of Hertfordshire County Council, the company had decided on Option E as their Preferred Route. This is the route through Cambourne.

    Hertfordshire has road traffic that is 35% higher than the UK average and, in addition, suffers from a lack of East-West transport infrastructure.

    Although not passing through the county, East West Rail has the potential to reduce some traffic flows through Hertfordshire. In addition a restored rail route will be more sustainable and far less environmentally damaging than the proposed "Oxford-Cambridge Expressway" which will roughly follow the same general direction - again outside of Hertfordshire. However, whether the "Expressway" will ever get build is another matter.

    With regard to the East-West Rail project, local Lib Dem councillors are in favour of Option E as the Preferred Route for the Central Section to link Bedford with Cambridge.

    The route via Cambourne was the option South Cambridgeshire District Council said should be chosen when asked during a consultation.

  • 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.