Local Transport Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 22nd April 2008.

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Photo of John Leech John Leech Shadow Minister (Transport) 10:45 am, 22nd April 2008

I add my welcome to you, Mr. Taylor, and to Lady Winterton when she replaces you in the Chair. I also add my condolences over the death of Gwyneth Dunwoody, the former Member for Crewe and Nantwich. As a member of the Transport Committee, I was often on the receiving end of anti-Liberal Democrat comments from Gwyneth, but I think that everyone who has an interest in transport would say that on transport issues she was always an honourable friend and never an opponent.

I support the Bill. There are significant changes that we would like to be made to improve the Bill, but it is welcome, certainly for one reason, which I shall illustrate with an example. In my Manchester constituency, deregulation has resulted in some services being successful and others not being very successful. Where an operator has challenged the existing operator on a route, specifically the 85 and 86 routes from my constituency into Manchester—