§ Mr. Ron Lewis
asked the Minister of Transport how many sites near main line railway stations have been sold to National Car Parks; and if she will give a general direction to the Railways Board to develop those sites and not to sell them.
§ Mr. Swingler
None. The Railways Board tell me, however, that it has granted tenancies to National Car Parks Limited in respect of sites near six main line railway stations.
The Board had provided car parking facilities at many other stations, including main line stations, and in the interests of transport co-ordination and of convenience for passengers its intention is to improve and extent such facilities wherever justified, It is, in the first instance, a matter for judgment by the Board whether this use of its land or some other form of development is the most appropriate.