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Hansard 10 Nov: Column 145 ...
Hansard 10 Nov: Column 145

A Bill introduced yesterday by Liberal Democrat Tom Brake, with support from Conservative, Plaid Cymru and Labour's Jeremy Corbyn, is intended to ensure the government brings forward stated policies to reduce traffic levels.

The measure would amend the Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) Act 1998 by requiring the secretary of state to produce a report on reducing traffic levels to below 1997 levels by 2002.

Mr Brake said that on at least seven occasions during the passage of that Act transport minister Glenda Jackson had told MPs the government believed in reducing traffic levels, which had been Labour policy before and since the general election. But just a week ago, he said, the minister said she intended merely to 'reduce traffic growth'.

He added: 'It is a matter of deep concern that I have to introduce the Bill, but I am so rapidly losing confidence in the government's intention to keep their promises on traffic reduction that I am left with no alternative'.

Mr Brake said Miss Jackson had signed an early day motion and a national petition both calling for a 10% traffic reduction target. Despite that, the transport white paper failed to set out policies to achieve traffic reduction. Instead, it stated,'The new deal for transport therefore sets the framework to reduce traffic growth'

He continued: 'The deputy prime minister at least repeated his promise to me last week, yet even his own ministers seem determined to undermine him, and we have all heard about the 'teenyboppers' at No 10 destroying his radical intentions'.

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