HC Deb 27 June 1988 vol 136 c117W
Mr. Bowis

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made by the consultants carrying out the London assessment studies; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

Since December 1987 the consultants have been developing a range of options aimed at relieving the problems in the four study areas, identified in their stage I reports. They have now produced a preliminary set of options of varying feasibility, for further assessment. The suggestions put forward in the consultants' working papers represent a wide range of alternative approaches. They include different levels of investment and different combinations of public transport improvements, road schemes and management measures. It is not for us to take a view at this stage on the consultants' suggestions. They will complete stage 2 after consultation with the local boroughs, transport operators and police, evaluate them and report to us next summer.

Copies of the consultants' working papers can be purchased from them. I have arranged for copies to be available in the Library.