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LAIRG BASED Sutherland Tr; port and Trading is up for sal PRIVATE OPERATORS have a role in providing London's public transport services, but these should only be as part of an integrated network, according to the London Transport Passengers Committee.
The LTPC, which is chaired by Nick Lester, at present of Transport 2000, has given its response to the Government's White Paper proposals for the removal of London Transport from Greater London Council control and its sub-division into parts of a Government-. controlled London Regional Transport.
It says there is "clear potential" for private operators to provide stage carriage services in London, but these should form part of an integrated and co-ordinated transport system.
"Without this co-ordination there is a danger that resources will be concentrated on a relatively small number of trunk routes to the detriment of other areas, particularly the suburban services in outer London.
"Experience of deregulation of air services in the United States has shown clearly that it is the less well used routes that suffer and the passengers on the busiest routes who gain," the LTPC said.
Instead of involving the Traffic Commissioners in route licensing in London, which LTPC says it "strongly believes" should not happen, LRT should adopt an information, marketing• and co-ordination role entirely separate from an operating function.
LTPC is especially critical of the Government's plan to transfer LT from an elected overall body (the GLC) to a non-elected authority, especially as London ratepayers will still be expected to support the public transport service somehow.
It has also taken issue with a White Paper observation that increased car ownership has led to the decline in use of LT's services. It says, instead, that it is increased car use which has been the damaging factor, due largely to tax discrimination in favour of company cars.
LTPC wants LRT to be given an objective of maintaining, if not increasing, the commuter travel market share presently held by public transport.