(2) if he will initiate a nationwide audit of park and ride schemes to assess their worth and the on-going cost to public funds of their operation.
Local authorities are responsible for funding most park and ride schemes and for monitoring their financial results. The Department for Transport does not request or require returns from local authorities about the financial performance of these schemes.
Most park and ride schemes are implemented by local authorities at their discretion from the general transport funding provided by Government. In addition, the Department provides project-specific funding for the construction of larger transport schemes. Between 2000 and 2006, nine of these schemes have included elements of park and ride.
Funding for each scheme may span a number of years. The following table shows a breakdown of the nine schemes according to the year their funding began.
Number 2000 0 2001 0 2002 1 2003 0 2004 4 2005 1 2006 4