§ Mr. Malins
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will issue his draft traffic management and parking guidance for London for consultation under the Road Traffic Act 1991.
§ Mr. Rifkind
I have published draft traffic management and parking guidance for London for consultation, as required by the Road Traffic Act 1991. Copies are being placed in the Libraries of both Houses and are being sent to each London Member.
The draft guidance explains London's transport needs and the Government's approach to meeting them. It refers to the Government's desire to maximise the use of public transport where it offers a realistic alternative to the car and to see a coherent approach to the management of traffic and parking, so that public and private transport can move efficiently, smoothly and reliably on the main routes and supporting action can improve conditions throughout London. In particular, it explains how the Government propose that the major traffic management initiatives in the Road Traffic Act 1991; red routes and the new system of local authority enforcement of "decriminalised" on-street parking controls, should contribute to the approach and tackle the problems of congestion in the short term. It will help the London traffic director to start planning the introduction of the red routes and the local authorities, the introduction of their new parking system.
Comments on the draft have been invited by 12 June 1992.