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9th October 1982
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THE CONSERVATIVES were expected to seal the fate of the heavy lorry yesterday (Friday) at the Brighton party conference. Some possibly contradictory words from Transport Under Secretary Lynda Chalker could give a clue to the future.

Speaking to the English Speaking Union in Merseyside last week, she supported Transport Secretary David Howell by saying: "Heavier lorries will bring benefits to industry and the economy, and the Government's package of associated improvements (noise, braking, sideguards, by-passes) should go a long way to improve the environment."

But, later in the same speech, she said: "We are no longer in an era where we build things simply because they are bigger or faster as the Humber Bridge or Concorde, and although less exciting for schoolboys, our approach to new transport technology over the next 20 years is likely to be much more down-toearth than the predictions of the early 1960s were for today."

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