Leeds nostalgia: September 1985: Calls for Newlay Bridge to re-open to traffic and West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority meets for first time...

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Campaigners were trying to get the dilapidated Newlay Bridge, built in 1819, re-opened by the council. It crosses the River Aire, linking Kirkstall to Horsforth but was closed to traffic after it fell foul of new guidelines. Newsagent Brian Robson, who had a shop on Leeds and Bradford Road, claimed his turnover was down by £300.

Campaigners wanted the bridge strengthened so cars could use it again. However, another group of residents were campaigning for the bridge to remain closed to traffic, as they were fed up with traffic snarling up as drivers tried to use the narrow cut-through.

West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority met for the first time on Friday September 27th and immediately found itself £7m in the black after the Government said it could only spend £58m on public transport, while experts here estimated they needed at least £65m to continue the present level of service.

The TUC voted to campaign for the next Labour government to legislate to review the cases of jailed miners, reinstate sacked miners, repay NUM fines and stop pit closures other than by exhaustion. Labour Party officials said they were dismayed by the vote.

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