§ 16. Mr. Bernie Grant
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he now intends to spend the £3.7 billion allocated to the road building plans for London on measures which will help to reduce congestion in the capital.
§ Mr. Parkinson
No financial provision was made for schemes recommended by consultants, so their rejection does not make funds available to spend on other measures. Investment of more than £6 billion is already planned to improve the transport systems that serve London.
§ 32. Ms. Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a further statement about his plans to reduce the current levels of traffic congestion in central London.
§ Mr. Atkins
We are planning to start a red route pilot scheme from Highgate to Commercial road in the summer. Discussions with the local authorities are under way and there will be consultation with residents and traders. We shall also be consulting on the legislation to implement the proposals in "Traffic in London", which will be brought forward at the earliest opportunity.
§ Mr. Atkins
Traffic-calming measures in London are most appropriate to local roads, which are the responsibility of the local authorities. My Department will consider grant where there are safety benefits. We will be discussing with the authorities concerned any proposals they may have for appropriate measures associated with red routes and the modest trunk road improvements we are proposing following consultation on the London assessment studies.