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Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures he is taking to ensure that the design, funding and implementation of comprehensive traffic measures in an area to be bypassed proceed on the same timetable, and are given the same priority, as the bypass itself. [5924]

Mr. Watts: It is for local highway authorities to decide the timing and content of proposals for traffic measures in bypassed towns and villages. My Department encourages authorities to take full advantage of the opportunities that new bypasses offer. In recent years, we have funded the bypass demonstration project, dedicated to promoting good practice in this area.

Cycling Safety

Mrs. Anne Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 28 October, Official Report, column 44, to which group of road users the education, publicity and research programmes will be targeted. [5831]

Mr. Bowis: The Department's education, publicity and research programmes are aimed at all road users, helping to promote road safety by encouraging everyone to adopt the same rules and behave in a responsible manner when using the roads.

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Great Eastern Rail Franchises (Performance Bond)

Mr. Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what level of performance bond will be required of Great Eastern franchises. [6012]

Mr. Watts: This information will be available when the franchise commences.

Road Construction Schemes

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list all new road construction schemes in the national roads programme which have been allocated for "design, build, finance and operate" funding; and what is the estimated cost of construction in 1995 prices. [5922]

Mr. Watts: Construction schemes included in DBFO projects, and the estimated costs of construction, excluding VAT, are provided. Prices are as estimated for competition. They are necessarily best estimates and adjustment to 1995 prices is therefore not warranted:

    M40 J1 to 15 Project
    M40J1 A-3 Widening: £37.1 million
    A19 Dishforth-Tyne Tunnel
    A19 Norton-Parkway Interchange Imp.: £29.4 million
    Bradford-Cumbria Project
    A590 High and Low Newton Bypass: £104 million
    A65 Hellifield and Long Preston Bypass: £104 million
    A65 Gargrave Bypass: £104 million
    A629 Skipton-Kildwick Imp.: £104 million
    A650 Hard Ings Road Imp.: £104 million
    A650 Bingley Relief Road: £104 million

    Weald and Downland Project
    A21 Tonbridge Bypass to Pembury Bypass dualling: £142 million
    A21 Lamberhurst Bypass: £142 million
    A27 Polegate Bypass: £142 million
    A259 Pevensey to Bexhill Imp.: £142 million

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    A259 Bexhill and Hastings Western Bypass: £142 million
    A259 Hastings Eastern Bypass: £142 million
    South Midlands Network Project
    A6 Great Glen Bypass: £116 million
    A6 Rothwell and Desborough Bypass: £116 million
    A6 Rushden and Higham Ferrers Bypass: £116 million
    A6 Clapham Bypass: £116 million
    A43 Sieverstone Bypass: £116 million
    A43 Whitfield Turn to Brackley Hatch dualling: £116 million
    A43 M40 to B4031 Imp.: £116 million
    A428 Norse Road Link: £116 million
    A13/A1089 Thames Gateway Project
    A13 Ironbridge-Canning Town Imp.: £146 million
    A13/A117 Woolwich Manor Way Junction Imp.: £146 million
    A13 Movers Lane Junction Imp.: £146 million
    A13/A112 Prince Regent Lane Junction Imp.: £146 million
    A40 Western Avenue Project
    A40 Gypsy Corner Imp.: £75 million
    A40 Western Circus Junction Imp.: £75 million

    Wessex Link Project
    A36 Salisbury Bypass £105 million
    A303 Wylye-Stockton Wood Imp. £105 million
    A303 Sparkford-Ilchester Imp. £105 million
    A303 Ilminster Bypass Imp. £105 million
    A36 Codford-Heytesbury Imp. £105 million
    A303 Chickdale Bottom-Mere Imp. £105 million.

London Regional Transport (Directors)

Dr. Marek: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list (a) the present non-executive directors of London Regional Transport and (b) their appropriate experience elsewhere in the industry or in customer services. [5733]

Mr. Bowis [holding answer 25 November 1996]: The information requested is as follows:

Non-executive DirectorExperience
Mr. Brian AppletonAssessor assisting Lord Cullen with his public enquiry into the Piper Alpha disaster. Adviser on safety management to Union Rail Ltd.
Sir Alan BaileyRetired Permanent Secretary, Department of Transport.
Mr. Robert ChaseEx-Assistant Managing Director, GEC Hong Kong (when providing electrical/mechanical systems for local Mass Transit Railway). Ex-Group Managing Director, the Automobile Association.
Mrs. Rosemary DayLondon Transport, Director of Administration (January 1983 October 1987); Non-executive Director, London Buses Limited (October 1987 - March 1993).
Mr. Robert DoreyCareer with London Transport. Non-executive Director, London Underground Ltd (1985 resent). Ex-member of the UITP Light Rail Commission. Transport Consultant.
Dr. Robin JeffreyPower Engineering experience.
Mr. Michael LawrenceEx non-executive Director, Port of London Authority.
Ms Sally O'SullivanCareer in journalism.

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Coach and Bus Drivers

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to introduce legislation requiring coach and bus drivers to be fit and safe to drive prior to a journey. [6135]

Mr. Bowis: None. No one should drive unless fit and alert. The Highway Code says:

Coach and bus drivers are subject to legal limits on their hours and regulations require them to take all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of their passengers.

Driving Legislation

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to introduce legislation relating to the offence of driving without due care and attention. [6134]

Mr. Bowis: None.

Rail Investment

Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much was invested in railway infrastructure for each year since 1979; [5750]

Mr. Watts [holding answer 26 November 1996]: The table shows annual total investment in the rail network, and annual investment in railway rolling stock, between 1980 and 1995-96.

£ million cash

YearAnnual total investmentAnnual investment in rolling stock(12)


(12) BR annual reports and accounts. Excludes BREL/ships/hotels, etc. Figures are gross and exclude PTE grants and pre-payments. Includes purchases for EPS/RfD new railway.

(13) 1984-85 was a 15-month year. The figure given is the 12-month equivalent.

(14) Comprises:

(i) Railtrack's capital expenditure, major maintenance and station backlog expenditure, as reported in Railtrack's Annual Report and Accounts 1995-96--this item is not directly comparable with figures for infrastructure investment in previous years due to changes in accounting definitions;

(ii) investment by Eurostar (UK) Ltd. (formerly European Passenger Service Ltd.) in rolling stock and tangible fixed assets; and

(iii) investment by the private sector in Heathrow Express.

(15) Excludes investment after privatisation.

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