In your report on the seminar at One Great George Street on 16 July (NCE 12 July), your reporter rightly pointed out that there was a general call for more honesty in presenting the prospects for transport conditions in London.
However, the Greater London Authority plans and policy directions received more positive reaction than the article indicated. My own scoring ranged from excellent to poor with most aspects of accessibility policy falling into the satisfactory to good range.
Of the two main weaknesses indicated the first is in reliance on land use changes to make a large difference to travel demand. The European Commission Transland project showed land use policies have little effect on transport demand unless accompanied by policies to moderate car use.
Secondly, I pointed to the significant growth of car ownership in the suburbs. Here the majority of motorised trips are, and will continue to be, made by car; yet the GLA's present plans offer little to deal with the consequences of this increase in car ownership.
The result, it seems, must be worsening congestion at least until some combination of congestion charging and road improvements are introduced in suburban London.
David Bayliss (F), email@example.com. co. uk