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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 29th November 2006.

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Photo of John Prescott John Prescott Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 11:30 am, 29th November 2006

However the question is posed, the reality is that more people are travelling on public transport than for decades. More people are travelling by rail than for 40 years and more people are travelling on buses. I said in 1997 that I wanted to see more people using public transport. That has been achieved—another Labour promise delivered.

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Dave Lowry
Posted on 6 Dec 2006 11:47 am (Report this annotation)

In a scenario where you ban all cars, forcing people to use public transport, you could claim you've increased people using buses and trains. However, I wouldn't say you've done it the right way, regardless on whether you delivered another promise.

These "more people" travelling on the trains specified above are clearly paying well over the odds. At those price differences, I think it's very clear that the vast majority of tourists would go abroad, taking their money elsewhere. The knock on effect is clear.

Mark Bestford
Posted on 6 Dec 2006 11:56 am (Report this annotation)

Quite simply the increase in use of public transport has been effected by increasing the cost of motoring to the point where it becomes impossible to drive. This also has the effect of changing the workforce as workers are no longer as flexible as they used to be, being unable to drive also makes you unemployable for the majority of jobs. Without a car I would be unemployed, as simple as that. Because I have a car I have a well paid job, but the government's latest schemes would force me to stop driving, lose my job and prevent me from paying my well earned wages to the treasury in the form of taxes. I would then have to try and find work in the town I live in, within walking distance of where I live. In effect this means that in order to get me off the road the government want me to take a 66% pay cut as the only jobs available would be stacking shelves in the local supermarket. A far cry from the tech support role that I do now. That's all assuming they'd employ me in the first place, the last time I was unemployed the only work I could get was temporary work as no one would employ me in a full time role as I was "over qualified" for every job available.