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Fight now to keep transport cash says mayor

ENGINEERS have six months to stop the government switching transport cash for major projects to health and education, London Mayor Ken Livingstone has told transport leaders.

He warned that transport cash could be reallocated in June following Chancellor Gordon Brown's comprehensive spending review.

Livingstone made his prediction in a speech at the Institution of Highways & Transportation annual lunch just before Christmas.

'You have to make the case (for transport) in the next six month as you have never made the case before, ' he said.

'Short termism cannot continue. We need a long term, major pattern of investment that gives us a transport system of the 21st century. If you duck the arguments, you will lose ground, ' said the man who introduced the revolutionary London congestion charge.

'You cannot let government off the hook. The spending review has to be transport's time, ' he said.

Livingstone said that in previous spending reviews transport had lost out to health and education. 'We have had a decade of underinvestment and we can't put it off any longer, ' he said.

'If we are to have a society that is not degrading the environment, we have to rebuild our transport infrastructure.'

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