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Transport Statistics (London)

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 15 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what figures he has collated on (a) average traffic speeds, (b) air pollution and (c) bus usage in central London since 17 February; and if he will make a statement. [113203]

The Department for Transport: does not hold the specific figures requested. It is for Transport for London (TfL) and the Mayor to do detailed monitoring of the London congestion charging scheme which started on 17 February. TfL are undertaking a comprehensive monitoring programme, using standard surveying techniques, covering relevant modes of transport. They are also proposing to examine wider economic and other impacts, including air quality. They have pledged to make all results available.The Government will consider the evaluation of the scheme and if there are significant gaps in TfL's study programme then the Government will commission work to fill them.Information on traffic levels and bus services since the scheme came into operation can be found on the TfL website at the following links:

  • http://www.tfl. gov.uk/buses/press_666.shtml
  • http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/press_cc_news_latest.shtml