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Hansard 12 Jan: Col 94 ...
Hansard 12 Jan: Col 94

Deputy prime minister John Prescott told MPs at DETR questions: 'Under this government, an integrated transport system has been established for the first time.

'We have provided resources for that system, which will begin to be delivered this year and should be completed by the time of the next election'.

He said the 81 recommendations in the transport white paper involved only 10 requiring legislative provision, six of which had already been provided.

'Many of the other 71 provisions are already being implemented:£150m was provided for rural bus services, which has transformed such services in a number of areas. We are changing things:

there will be a new railway regulator, a new franchise director and a new strategic rail authority, all of which will contribute to a better transport system with the provision of a record amount of£1.8bn', he added.

Mr Prescott said the government was committed to introducing a national minimum concessionary bus fare for pensioners. Only three local authorities provided no concessionary fares, all Tory-controlled, he claimed.

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