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COSTING THE EARTH
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Thursday 21:00-21:30
Costing the Earth tells stories which touch all our lives, looking at man's effect on the environment and at how the environment reacts. It questions accepted truths, challenges the people in charge and reports on progress towards improving the world we live in.
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TOM HEAP
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MIRIAM O'REILLY
Miriam O'Reilly
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Thursday 11 May 2006
motorway
Heavy traffic half-way through Tom's journey from Glasgow to Dover

Transport planning

In this week's Costing the Earth, meet the lorry drivers who are accused of clogging our roads; train commuters who are left with no option but to sit on the train toilet for 2 hours because there is no space; bus drivers who don't know what route they're travelling or what time they should be there.

In the year 2000, John Prescott unveiled a vision which would make Britain 's transport system "the envy of Europe". The government's ten-year-plan meant spending billions of pounds to create "an integrated system instead of a chaotic free-for-all".

The plan was to cut car use, cut pollution and make public transport an attractive proposition for us all. For those who still needed to use the car, there would be a road building scheme to get Britain moving again.

But six years on, what has happened to this vision? In this week's Costing the Earth, Miriam O'Reilly and Tom Heap travel the country by road and rail to find out what happened to John Prescott's 10-year-plan for transport.
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