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Dafydd Williams takes shadow transport brief


Labour Group Leader Coun. Janet Looker has announced that Coun. Dafydd Williams will return to frontline politics after being appointed to the shadow transport brief for Labour.

Coun. Williams will shadow the transport element of the Executive Member for Transport and Planning’s brief, with Coun. Fiona Derbyshire continuing in her role of shadow spokesperson for housing and planning.
Coun. Looker said: “Coun. Williams will be a tremendous addition to the Labour frontbench and I look forward to working closely with him once again. Transport is such an important area of policy for this council and Dafydd will push the council’s Coalition, in a constructive way, where it is falling short.  I’m pleased to have him on board”.
Coun. Williams said: “I’m delighted to have been offered this role and look forward to getting started. 
“Our biggest criticism of the current Conservative and Lib Dem coalition is their ongoing inaction on key issues. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the area of transport where in two years they have done nothing to reduce congestion or improve air quality which we know kills many people each year in York and costs businesses money.
Parking is becoming an increasing problem with many residents at times finding they are unable to park close to their homes, while ResPark schemes continue to move further away from the city centre as commuter parking increases.
“We need to see good quality bus services that give people a decent, reliable alternative to the car so our city is less congested and less polluted.  We certainly cannot afford to see further reductions to bus services following the Coalition’s cuts to evening and weekend services.
“And importantly, we need to ensure York is a city well connected so that people can easily travel to and from the city for work.  Improving rail links is one part of this and I’m keen to see York making its case alongside other northern cities to say that investment in northern transport infrastructure is every bit as important as that in the south”.

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