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Responding to a call today by research and policy organisation
Centre for Cities for a change in the way the Government provides
transport funding, Metro Chairman Councillor Chris Greaves
"Results from the city's largest ever transport research project
'Transport for Leeds' show clearly that if we are going to prevent
congestion restricting the scope for Leeds' and the City Region's
recovery following the economic slowdown, we need to start tackling
congestion now, whatever the source of funding.
"We are using the Transport for Leeds
results to develop a model that shows us where congestion will grow
and what effect it will have, which will enable us to draw up a
package of targeted, congestion-beating measures," he continued.
"After further consultation with local people, will be submitting
them to the Department for Transport next year.
"Whatever funding mechanism is in
place, the results speak for themselves," he continued.
"We need Government investment to help
us tackle the danger that increasingly clogged roads and
overcrowded trains will prevent Leeds from continuing to prosper
and realising its full potential to boost the UK economy."