asked the Secretary of State for Transport what measures he proposes to take with regard to the proposed western environmental route to ensure that traffic does not increase in adjacent areas.
I have made it clear that it is not our aim to increase traffic in west London, either north or south of the river. The intention is to transfer the traffic which has to to be in the area, including most of the heavy lorries, to a purpose-built road. We want to discuss with the boroughs measures to control the traffic remaining on the existing network and to remove it from unsuitable residential roads. Having provided means by which the local environment can be improved, we wish to see measures that maintain the improvement.
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he proposes to consult the public about the proposals for the western environmental improvement route.
Yes. We shall be publishing the consultants' report on the feasibility of the route as soon as possible, probably in June. The report will include plans showing how the road might fit into the corridor. We then plan to start public consultation on the various options for standards and access early next year. There will be ample opportunity for all views to be considered before we reach any firm decisions.