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Transport policy

The question

Last week ministers scrapped the Leeds supertram because of cost increases.

What do you think of the government's transport policy- Is it 'Londoncentric' or are funds spread across the regions?

Unfortunately, if we are to ensure that the Olympics are a success then I think that a 'Londoncentric' bias may be necessary for now - but I hope that a countrywide balance will be implemented thereafter.

Charis Fowler, 33, principal engineer, Derby In transport, health and education I am firmly of the view that this present government is slanting funding to Labour heartlands and not spreading it evenly around the country. Mr Prescott's department demands that the south east of England be concreted over to provide additional housing. That means yet more housing in rural Oxfordshire. Despite this, the government will not provide any matched increase in funding for the associated infrastructure.

If the experience from Leeds and Oxfordshire is true, Labour is upsetting everyone and delivering nothing.

David Nimmo Smith, 55, county councillor, Henley on Thames There is little doubt that the DfT is 'Londoncentric', but that goes for much of the rest of Whitehall. The sooner government departments are devolved to the regions - after the Lyons review - the better.

Dave Merrett, 51, senior engineer, York With London winning the Olympic bid, the chances of any significant infrastructure spending north of Watford have reduced further. We hear of overcrowding, lack of skilled workers, high house prices, etc in the south east; yet one government after another continues to invest in projects there which could just as easily be built elsewhere. Why is the new national football stadium in London- Surely Birmingham would have been better.

Michael Battman, 50, senior manager Altrincham Of course it is Londoncentric - just like the ICE, BBC, NCE- most 'national' things actually.

George Miezitis, 55, operations team leader, Fife I have no doubt that the government's transport policy is Londoncentric - but the same can be said for past governments.While London enjoys significant growth in public transport use and new buses, we in the provinces have to cope within the deregulated environment which means on the road competition and older buses cascaded from London.

Bryan Stead, 59, independent consultant, Norfolk If Birmingham was the biggest city with the biggest transport challenge then the government would be 'Birminghamcentric'.

Chrysostomos Loizou, 29, civil engineer, London It certainly seems that more money gets spent in the south east of England but then a large proportion of the population lives there. Perhaps if more money were spent elsewhere it would help to disperse business from the south east and ease the problems there also.

John Park, 57, senior engineer, Glasgow This will always be a problem if you gather politicians together in the one city. Make them all work from their constituencies then they will see what it is like to live in the real world.

Kenneth Brown, 33, assistant engineer, Edinburgh

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