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News extra: Issue 525 31 Jul 2009

Business leaders ruffle feathers in Welsh transport planning

A Government advisory group dominated by business leaders pulls no punches in its assessment of shortcomings to transport policy and planning in Wales. But will the proposals prove politically acceptable?

If members of Welsh transport minister Ieuan Wyn Jones’ advisory group got their way, transport policy in Wales would be about to become very interesting indeed. The final report of the group suggests regional transport consortia should be scrapped, control of main roads in urban areas should be transferred to the Assembly Government, rail fares should go up, rural lines be closed, and concessionary travel eligibility cut back. 

It’s quite a shopping list from the group that...

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