No such mileage statistics are available, but we know of 21 bus lanes at present and plans for 10 more. We have asked local authorities to examine the feasibility of introducing more bus priority schemes following the recent report to my right hon. Friend of the Working Group on Bus Demonstration Projects.
Is my hon. Friend aware that this is a most valuable experiment which obviously needs to continue? Will he accept that we shall need to give an increased priority to public service transport, not only in the provision of bus lanes but also in the provision of subsidies?
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that for this scheme to work —and I accept that it is a good idea—there must be the width of road required, and secondly, some method of ensuring that private vehicles do not get into the bus lane, which does not happen at present?