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28Oct93 UK: FREEMAN SHUNS RAIL SCHEMES.

Public transport minister Roger Freeman this week cold shouldered light rail schemes, claiming there were better ways to solve congestion in cities.He said: 'There are other solutions to congestion, for example we are looking at guided buses in Leeds. We shouldn't assume light rapid transit is the answer.'Mr Freeman was speaking to a conference on private finance by the Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors and the Department of Environment.He was also adamant that the West Midlands' Midland Metro scheme would not start until the Sheffield Supertram was finished. If so, work would not start until 1995 at the earliest. CONSTRUCTION NEWS