Greater Glasgow to have a PTA
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• A Passenger Transport Authority is to be set up for the Greater Glasgow area. Announcing this Mr Gordon Campbell, the Scottish Secretary, said he regarded it as an interim measure to enable a start to be made on developing a co-ordinated and efficient system of public passenger transport to meet the needs of the conurbation.
The ground could thus be prepared for a regional authority which would suceed to the powers and responsibilities of the PTA as soon as it was in a position to do so after reorganization of local government.
Mr Campbell added that he was arranging for letters to be sent to all the local authorities concerned informing them of his decision and inviting comment on his proposals for the precise area to be designated and the composition of a new authority. Once comments had been received and considered he would prepare a draft designation order which would form the basis for a formal consultation.
Mr Campbell proposed that 13 seats on the authority should be given to Glasgow, and 13, divided so far as possible in proportion to population and rate of product, to the other local authorities concerned. This left four members to be appointed by him.