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CONGESTION MAKES CASE FOR INTEGRATED TRANSPORT POLICY

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Increased congestion on the streets of Britain's capital mean traffic speeds have fallen again underlining the need...
Increased congestion on the streets of Britain's capital mean traffic speeds have fallen again underlining the need for a new approach to tackling London's transport problems, transport minister Gavin Strang said today.

Latest statistics - published in Traffic Speeds in Central and Outer London: 1996/7 - reveal that throughout the day the average speed in central London is now only 10 miles an hour, a reduction of nearly nine per cent since 1994. In outer London speeds have also fallen and now average 17 miles an hour in the morning rush.

Dr Strang said the Government was proving its commitment to providing London with a flagship public transport network by pumping in extra resources and ensuring that any mayor and elected assembly will have the powers to tackle London's transport problems.

Dr Strang said:

'We need a bold new approach to solve London's transport problems. The Government is committed to providing a public transport network for the capital which will encourage people to leave their cars at home as a matter of choice.

'The Government has already promised an extra£365 million for the Underground over the next two years bringing total investment to£1 billion. A public-private partnership will secure£7 billion of investment over the following 15 years. The proposed Mayor and Assembly will have strong executive powers over transport directly accountable to the people of London. And in a few weeks time we will publish our integrated transport White Paper.'

'At the moment London's worsening road congestion is bad for the economy, bad for the environment and bad for people's health and quality of life. Traffic speeds in central London are now lower than at any time since the current survey began in 1968. London is a world class city which needs a world class transport system to allow people and goods to move around freely.'

Notes

1. The report Traffic Speeds in Central and Outer London: 1996/7 (ISBN 1-85112-828-X) is published as a Statistical Bulletin by DETR/GSS. It is free of charge. Copies are available from:

DETR

Zone 1/31

Great Minster House

76 Marsham Street

London SW1P 4DR

tel: 0171-271-3800

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