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'TRANSPORT WHITE PAPER A VALUABLE STEP FORWARD'

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Now that the Transport White Paper has been issued, the real discussion on the detail can begin COSLA said today. ...
Now that the Transport White Paper has been issued, the real discussion on the detail can begin COSLA said today.

COSLA also said that it would work with transport minister Nicol Stephen to ensure that the new arrangements are democratic and deliverable.

Welcoming the publication of the white paper 'Scotland's Transport Future' as a valuable step forward in the debate on the future planning and delivery of transport services, Alison Magee, COSLA roads and transportation spokesperson said: 'Now that the white paper has been issued, the real discussion begins and we look forward to working with the minister to ensure that the new arrangements are democratic and deliverable.'

'We are delighted to see the Scottish Executive has accepted COSLA's argument and made a clear commitment to a national, integrated, long-term transport strategy for all Scotland.'

'Although there are specific issues where we have some concerns, I am pleased to see confirmation of the key role that Local Government has to play in the future planning and delivery of transport services.'

Councillor Magee also pointed out that the white paper acknowledged COSLA's case for subsidiarity of decision-making, allowed flexible arrangements across the country and retained local accountability.

Pat Watters, COSLA president, added: 'The white paper is long and detailed, it brings together all aspects of transport and makes explicit the links between transport and economic activity, tourism, land use planning, the environment, health improvement and community planning, which we particularly welcome. Over the next few months, COSLA looks forward to debating the finer points of the white paper with the minister.'

Councillor Magee concluded: 'Now that the white paper has been issued, the real discussion on the detail can begin - we will work with the minister to ensure that the new arrangements are democratic and deliverable.'

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