§ Mr. Fearn
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what are his Department's estimates for the number of cars entering London on a regular basis for each of the next five years;
(2) what is his Department's estimate for the number of commuters using all forms of transport with a London destination for each of the next five years.
§ Mr. Atkins
[holding answer 26 January 1990]: Figures are not available in the form requested. Estimates for commuters entering central London show that between 1983 and 1988, commuting by each of the modes changed as follows:
Per cent. Cars -11 BR Rail +22 Underground +27 Bus -18
Large-scale investment is taking place to increase the capacity of the rail systems to accommodate increasing demand. It is not the Government's policy to encourage commuting by car into central London. The report of the central London rail study, published in January 1989, forecast that, between 1987 and 2001, BR trips would increase by some 20 per cent. and Underground trips by about 13 per cent.