HC Deb 05 November 1980 vol 991 c593W
32. Mr Conlan

asked the Minister of Transport what steps are being taken to cope with the official forecast of a possible 50 per cent. rise in car numbers by the end of the century.

Mr. Fowler

We have been planning for many years on the basis of forecasts broadly consistent with, or higher than, our current ones. Improvements made to or planned for the trunk road system should provide sufficient capacity to meet the needs of the end of the century. On other roads, it is for the local authorities to decide what should be done in the light of the forecasts and their own priorities.