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TfL taking liberties


So Transport for London dismisses National Car Parks' suggestion that London needs more park and ride facilities.

But at present there are none worthy of the name.

Unfortunates such as I who live close to an inner London suburban station find our family lives blighted by cars, driven in from Surrey and parked all day outside our front doors.

Congestion charging will make it all even worse for us.

Even central London is unlikely to benefit, since it will still be full of taxis. At least the private cars never travel empty.

The high cost of rail travel is exaggerated by the high cost of parking at rural stations. Often, one can drive from a Surrey village to a London suburb for the cost of the station car park.

The need for outer London car parks is being ignored merely to satisfy the mayor's hatred of the automobile, and of the unregulated liberty that it represents.

David Cooper (M), London, SW18

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