What Would Labour Do?
Shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh outlined Labours transport ambitions at a Labour conference in Manchester.
In the run up to the election the labour party made some promises such as giving cities London-style powers over transport and ticketing. Labour would support any city that pushed for smart ticketing services found on London buses.
Miss Creagh targeted the North East and Yorkshire which would have her full support to roll out buses through a Quality Contract if Labour comes to power next year.
She said: Only a Labour government will make the big change to give cities the powers to bring back the buses and create a railway that puts passengers before profit.
Labours shadow chancellor Ed Balls preceded the speech by speaking of plans to devolve greater powers over local transport to regions much like the plans set out by Gordon Brown last week.
Why should decisions on what skills Manchester needs be made in Whitehall? Why should a transport minister in Westminster make decisions about all the transport needs of Birmingham Newcastle or Leeds? Mr Balls said.
Miss Creagh concluded with ideas to target road safety such as forcing all heavy goods vehicles to be fitted with safety devices to protect people on foot and bicycle..
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