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Public wants public transport boost - poll

TRANSPORT IS the fourth biggest public concern in Britain, ahead of education, according to a survey carried out for the Commission for Integrated Transport.

The MORI survey, launched this week, revealed that road congestion and condition topped the public's transport concerns but it said that most of the 2,000 respondents wanted funding prioritised on public transport.

Despite three out of five respondents rating road congestion and condition as 'poor', only 22% called for better conditions for the motorist, while 66% wanted to see public transport improved. Motorway construction was opposed by 46%.

Commission chairman Professor David Begg said the survey reflected the public's 'mature' attitude that improving public transport is the best way of improving conditions for motorists. He added: 'If I were a minister, I would take this survey as an endorsement for the Transport White Paper.'

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