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Public votes on transport bid cash.

Byline: SAMANTHA CLARKE

THE bulk of any extra transport cash Coventry receives should be spent on vast improvements in the city's roads and pavements, say residents.

The findings come from a public meeting organised as part of the consultation on the proposed West Midlands Local Transport Plan.

More than 50 motorists and public transport users from all over the city attended the seminar and were asked to vote on how they would prioritise extra transport funding.

Highway maintenance, including the repair of uneven surfaces which hinder access to buses, came out as the highest priority and was the subject of a lively debate between groups representing cyclists and disabled people.

Bus improvements came out as the second highest priority, followed by rail improvements, further highway matters and "real-time" traffic information at bus stops to let passengers know where the next bus is and what time it will arrive.

The seminar was organised as part of an ongoing consultation among motorists and public-transport users across the West Midlands, as part of a bid for funding. The bid is set to go to government ministers in July.

Cllr John McNicholas, cabinet member for environmental services, said: "The Coventry seminar was part of a far-reaching consultation across the West Midlands districts gauging local opinion on how people would spend additional government funding.

"This is a serious attempt at influencing the extra investment in transport that will improve the lives of everyone in the West Midlands by allowing them to get around much more easily."

Coventry residents who would like a say can e-mail ltp@centro.org.uk or write to CEPOG Core Support Team, Centro House, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD. Alternatively log on to www.westmidlandsltp.gov.uk to respond on-line.
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