Road Traffic Projections

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 17th January 2006.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East 2:30 pm, 17th January 2006

I welcome the Secretary of State's decision to consider road pricing as a way of tackling congestion on our roads, rather than building more roads. I also welcome last year's decision to include Bristol in one of the feasibility studies, but does he accept that our efforts to get motorists out of their cars and on to public transport will fail in the face of the situation in my constituency, where First Group, which runs the buses, has increased fares three times in the past year, most recently by up to 22 per cent.? Will he respond to that?


Stefan Install
Posted on 19 Jan 2006 9:38 am (Report this annotation)

First have pushed up the cost of bus travel in Bristol to a ridiculous level.

In Birmingham I can do an 8 mile journey for 40p less than First charge me to do the 1.5 miles to Temple Meads and 90p less than the 2 miles to the city centre.

It is cheaper for my wife and I to drive to town and park than take the bus. Crazy!