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Integrated transport - a comical idea


BBC political comedy 'Yes Minister' is thought to have coined the term 'integrated transport' in December 1982, according to the Construction Industry Council (CIC).

In the 'Bed of Nails' episode, minister Jim Hacker (Paul Eddington) is appointed as the government's transport supremo, with the task of drawing up an integrated national transport policy.

Hacker's permanent secretary Sir Humphrey (Nigel Hawthorne) manages to convince Jim that the scheme is soon an ultimate vote loser, and it is transferred back to the Department of Transport.

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