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Lord Adonis backs calls for local transport improvements

Former Transport Minister and Infrastructure Commission head, Lord Adonis, has backed calls for local transport improvements on a visit to Ilford North today (Monday 6th April) to support local Labour candidate, Wes Streeting.

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Redbridge's Labour Council have been pushing hard in support of local residents who are frustrated with the long delays caused by traffic at Redbridge Roundabout. The Leader of the Council, Cllr Jas Athwal, has taken the case the case for improvements to the roundabout to Boris Johnson and TFL chief executive Peter Hendy. 

Labour councillors have also backed campaigners calling for step-free access at Newbury Park tube station.

Andrew Adonis has joined Wes Streeting in calling on the Mayor of London to take action in both cases. 

Wes Streeting, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Ilford North, said: 

"Andrew is widely respected across all political parties from his time as a former Transport Minister and his more recent work on infrastructure, so it's great to have his support. Residents have been crying out for action on congestion at Redbridge Roundabout and for step-free access at Newbury Park tube station. It's time for Boris Johnson to take action." 

Andrew Adonis, Labour's Shadow Infrastructure Minister and former Secretary of State for Transport said: 

"Transport infrastructure is vitally important to the success of Redbridge and London. I know Wes and other local councillors have been pushing hard to help local residents and businesses with congestion issues at Redbridge Roundabout. I saw it for myself - even on the bank holiday it was bad - and it's about time the Mayor of London listened. The concerning thing about step-free access at Newbury Park is that public money had already been spent to start the improvements, before the Mayor abandoned the scheme. In a modern city like London, step-free access should be made available wherever possible."

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Jay Asher on jay@redbridgelabour.org.uk or Wes Streeting on wes@redbridgelabour.org.uk

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