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Regular news: Issue 401 26 Jul 2006

North East Assembly 'needs more transport powers'

An elected regional assembly for the North East of England should be given powers similar to that of Transport for London or the Welsh Assembly, Nexus director general Mike Parker said this week.

Parker told the PTA that though the assembly had the task of devising a regional transport strategy, its role in implementing the strategy was "less clear". The draft regional assemblies Bill states that the role of an elected assembly will be to make proposals for schemes to ministers and...

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