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GOVERNMENT POLICY SHIFT IN FAVOUR OF SINGLE TRANSPORT AUTHORITY

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The government is to publish plans for an integrated transport strategy for London in the Spring, reversing its pre...
The government is to publish plans for an integrated transport strategy for London in the Spring, reversing its previous policy of allowing different transport bodies to operate independently, says the Financial Times (p10).

Sir George Young, transport secretary said the strategy would build on recent proposals by London First.

He said the government now shares an 'impressive consensus' between local authorities, the business community and transport operators in the capital.

Labour welcomed the policy shift, reports the FT. Labour transport spokesman Graham Allen said:

'I would like to see local authorities and other major players in the rest of the UK being given the same sort of incentive to develop genuinely creative policies.

The FT says the government proposals are in line with suggestions from the Confederation of British Industry that a single authority should be set up to coordinate travel policy in London.

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