§ 29. Mr. Coaker
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of local rail strategies on traffic congestion in cities. 
§ Mr. Hill
Local authorities should take account of the contribution rail can make to an integrated transport strategy. This is one of the criteria by which we judge the quality of local transport plans (LTPs). We took the impact of LTPs into account when preparing "Tackling Congestion and Pollution", but did not separately assess the effects of local rail strategies.