Nick Clegg visits Bristol
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said he is not "ideologically opposed" to the setting up of an independent transport authority to sort out Bristol's never-ending traffic chaos.
Dr Jon Rogers, the Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate, has said that if he was elected, he would want the power to set up a transport authority.
Party leader Mr Clegg, who was visiting engineering apprentices at City of Bristol College's Ashley Down Centre with Dr Rogers this afternoon, said the new City Deal gave unprecedented new powers, including greater freedom on transport issues.
He said: "Actions speak louder than words and we have gone further and faster than any government in living memory to give the people of Bristol and elected politicians a greater say in the running of the city.
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"I am not ideologically opposed at all to the idea of a transport authority in the same way that London has.
"But I'm saying we should use the powers that the Government has given to Bristol and then make sure we build from there."