§ Mr. Bowis
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many coaches are estimated to visit central London on an average day during the summer; how many coach parking spaces are available(a) on-street arid (b) off-street; and if he will make a statement on proposals to increase the available number of such spaces.
§ Mr. Chope
Latest figures indicate that there are some 1,000 coach movements in central London each weekday. Parking provision is primarily the responsibility of local authorities. There are approximately 80 on-street and 450 off-street spaces, mostly used by tourist coaches. This excludes off-street provision solely for commuter coaches of which there is no record. My hon. Friend the Minister of State will shortly host a further meeting with interested parties to consider initiatives for improving the provision and use of parking spaces for coaches.