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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 West Midlands, former metropolitan county, central England. Created in the 1974 local government reorganization, the county embraced the Birmingham conurbation and comprised seven metropolitan districts: Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell, Birmingham, Solihull,  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 Verb 1. prioritise - assign a priority to; "we have too many things to do and must prioritize"
prioritize

grade, rate, rank, place, range, order - assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food
 extra transport funding.

Highway maintenance, including the repair of uneven surfaces which hinder hin·der 1  
v. hin·dered, hin·der·ing, hin·ders

v.tr.
1. To be or get in the way of.

2. To obstruct or delay the progress of.

v.intr.
 access to buses, came out as the highest priority and was the subject of a lively debate between groups representing cyclists This is an incomplete list. Please add to this list if you are aware of an omission. This is a list of cyclists by decade. Cyclists by decade
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 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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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 28, 2002
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