Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government has announced the members of its new Commission for Integrated Transport, and it is populated by both Northerners and those advocating public transport.
Chairman will be David Begg, professor of transport and former Lord Provost (mayor) of Edinburgh, Scotland. Other members will include David Leeder, chief executive of National Express’s city rail and bus contracts business; Michael J. Parker, director general of Nexus (the agency in charge of Newcastle’s Tyne & Wear light rail system); and Stephen Joseph, who heads a citizens’ lobby group called Transport 2000.
The group is to make legislative recommendations to Blair’s government for integrated intermodal transport solutions. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has spearhead the Government’s aggressive push for public transport, especially bus and light rail options, as preferred modes in a more integrated transport system in Britain.