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Prescott is doing the right transport thing

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I thought the Hellman cartoon about John Prescott's integrated transport policy (aj 23.7.98) was cruel but all too accurate. Making future promises about future improvements is just not good enough. The Labour Party had 18 years in opposition to think about all this, and yet we are only now being treated to a consultation paper.

I heard the aj's editor on Radio 4 welcoming the Prescott initiative as though it was a radical policy. It looks more like a compromise designed not to offend the incredibly powerful motoring lobby, or people like the British Airports Authority who want drivers to flood out to the proposed Terminal 5. Incidentally, according to your 'Vital Statistics' column, Terminal 5 will have parking provision for 27,000 vehicles. What price public transport?



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