§ 76. Mr. Jim Marshall
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information he has about the likely increase of traffic in urban areas.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
The Department prepares forecasts for national traffic growth. Where a trunk road scheme is being assessed, local forecasts are made, reflecting local growth in population and economic activity.
Factors such as availability of public transport, congestion and parking are also taken into consideration for urban schemes. The Department does not produce traffic forecasts for urban areas in general.