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UK role in EU transport 'will continue post Brexit'


DESPITE widespread concerns about the eventual outcome of Brexit, there are things that are working well in British transport and show great potential beyond the 2019 pull out date, reports the official UK Transport Times.
"I regularly see the positive impact the UK is having overseas through my role as president of the European Metropolitan Transport Authorities (EMTA)," said Transport for Greater Manchester CEO Jon Lamonte.
As head of the EMTA, a network of 26 city and city region transport authorities across Europe, Dr Lamonte is also president of POLIS, a coalition of 70 cities and local authorities across Europe and Canada and as well as being a board member for UITP, a global organisation championing sustainable mobility, covering 96 countries and 1,400 organisations including local transport authorities and industry operators.
"Being asked to be a leader and advocate for these important organisations on the global stage, and drawing on my experience of running the second largest transport authority in the UK, is testament to the high regard our European and international partners have for UK input into shaping the transport agenda now and for the future,' he said.
"Sometimes we can't find the answers within the UK, and perhaps we are not asking the right questions, so being able to draw on the experience of a wider pool of European and international authorities makes a lot of sense," said Dr Lamont.
"For example, benchmarking of performance is one such area, where a global view of network performance can prove invaluable in identifying where we excel in the UK, and where we need to improve.
"So in the noise of the Brexit debate, I feel there is a firm place for the UK to participate in the broader European and global transport agenda," he said.

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