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London needs park and rides

Letters

Your article on the Government's transport plan (NCE last week) included my concern about the inconsistency between the national strategy and that for London.

It is quite possible to deal with inter-urban transport in a different way to that in the major urban areas but only if there is a clear plan for how to deal with the interface between the two. The most obvious solution is for good park and ride sites with frequent public transport services into the major urban areas.

London is a particularly good example of where this is not happening at present. The M25 crosses numerous railway lines yet there is not a single park and ride facility at any of these potential interchanges that would encourage drivers to leave their cars in a secure environment and not take them further into the urban area.

The M25 multi-modal study commissioned by the DETR is presumably looking at this issue in some detail.

Geoff French, chief executive, Scott Wilson, geoff.french@swkeurope.com

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