Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Minutes of Evidence


Examination of Witnesses (Questions 820 - 821)

WEDNESDAY 16 JANUARY 2002

RT HON STEPHEN BYERS, MP AND SIR RICHARD MOTTRAM KCB

  820. If we really made a difference on urban regeneration might it not be true that people would need to travel rather less and that might be as good a solution to some of the transport problems as making it easier for people to commute long distance?
  (Mr Byers) That might be an outcome, that is true. One of the reasons why we have enormous pressure on our transport system is we have one million more people in work than we had in April 1997, that is one million more people needing to get to their place of work each day and that has put enormous pressure on our transport system.

  821. Would it not be much better if they could walk to work?
  (Mr Byers) The important thing is they have a job.

  Chairman: On that note, thank you very much indeed.





 
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