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Eco-Towns: Transport

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether her Department has estimated the percentage of residents in eco-towns who will be expected to travel to work by (a) rail, (b) bus, (c) bicycle, (d) car and (e) on foot; (199974)

(2) whether her Department has estimated how far residents of the new eco-towns will be expected to travel to work on average.

We are currently consulting on the potential locations for eco-towns and the broader objectives and benefits of these new settlements. The consultation document, ‘Eco- towns—living a greener future’, was published on 3 April and sets out what needs to be achieved in terms of sustainable transport. Each location will need its own approach, but will need to demonstrate how it will meet the criteria.