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Urban Traffic (Steering Group)

Volume 644: debated on Wednesday 12 July 1961

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asked the Minister of Transport what are the terms of reference to the Steering Group on problems of urban traffic to which he has appointed Sir Geoffrey Crowther as chairman; what its relation will be to the London Traffic Survey; how long he anticipates it will take to accomplish its task; and whether he will make a statement.

The Steering Group has no formal terms of reference and will be free to range over the whole field of the problem. It will be kept informed of the work being undertaken in my Department by Mr. C. D. Buchanan on traffic in urban areas; will give Mr. Buchanan general advice on the broad lines to be pursued; and will advise me on the conclusions reached. I hope that the results of these studies will be available within about two years.The Steering Group will have no responsibility for the London Traffic Survey being undertaken jointly by the L.C.C. and my Department, but the facts about the travel pattern and travel requirements elicited by the Survey will, of course, be available to the Steering Group.