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Leading the town hall drive for better transport

The optimism of the late-1990s may have gone but the practical job of delivering better transport continues

By Helen Holland


My first taste of transport as a local politician was in the mid-1990s. At that time a round of local government reorganisation gave transport powers back to Bristol from the former Avon County Council. Becoming chair of the planning, transport and economic development committee at the same time as the Labour Government was elected in 1997 brought fantastic challenges and opportunities. It was a time of great optimism and in transport this was reinforced by the White Paper, A New Deal for...

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