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BID TO GET EURO DIRECTIVE EXEMPTION FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT

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Members of the European parliament are trying to have London exempted from a ...
Members of the European parliament are trying to have London exempted from a

European directive that would require cities to privatise their public

transport, BBC Radio Four's Today programme heard.

MEP Mary Honeyball told the programme: 'It's about contracting out urban

public transport - metro, light rail, buses - to private contractors, as

part of the EU liberalisation and competition package'.

Labour and Socialist MEPs are trying to get an exemption for London, but

other UK cities would still be affected, she said.

'Labour believes that at the moment, if London Underground were contracted

out it could be chaos', she said. Paris and Vienna are also trying to gain

exemption.

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