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Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on what his Department is doing to ensure that the UK transport network is accessible to those with (a) mobility problems and (b) other disabilities. 
Ms Keeble: We are committed to providing an accessible public transport system in which people with a wide range of disabilities will have the same opportunities to travel as everyone else. Accessibility regulations for new trains, buses and coaches have been introduced under Part V of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Part III of the Act requires public transport infrastructure to be accessible to disabled people. From 2004 this will include the removal of physical barriers to access.
Mr. Jamieson: Traveline currently is primarily a telephone service offering route and timetable information on all forms of public transport. A website is being developed to supplement the telephone service. The website can be seen at www.traveline.org.uk. and links to all currently available public transport journey planners in the UK. During 2002, journey planners for more regions will become available and will be linked from the site. As coverage of these services becomes more comprehensive the national Traveline website will be given more active promotion.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the cost to public funds of the research project conducted by Heriot-Watt University, the University of Bristol and the University of Cardiff into the implementation of Government guidance on managing unauthorised camping. 
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list for each (a) area-based and (b) other regeneration-related initiative for which his Department is responsible (i) the amount budgeted and (ii) the total expenditure in each financial
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year for the planned lifetime of each initiative (A) nationally and (B) in the Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East constituency. 
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helping to improve the quality of life of local people by reducing the gap between deprived and other areas and between different groups. Levels of funding for the initiatives listed by the Cabinet Office Regional Co-ordination Unit as being the responsibility of this Department are as follows:
|199899||19992000||200001||200102 estimate||200203 plans|
|Community empowerment fund||||||||12||12|
|European regional development fund areas||229||278||246||255||254|
|Neighbourhood Renewal Fund||||||||200||300|
|New Deal for Communities||||4||35||94||350|
|Single Regeneration Budget||561||692||725||851||767|
The Government Office for the North East is collecting information on regeneration funding within Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East constituency and I will write to my hon. Friend when it is available.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has undertaken into the relative effectiveness of reducing noise levels of (a) porous asphalt and (b) this surface coating road surfaces. 
Mr. Byers: My Department has researched the relative effectiveness of porous asphalt in reducing traffic noise levels from those generated by a conventional motorway asphalt surface for nearly 20 years. The specification for porous asphalt was developed using research into ways of increasing its durability, which was inevitably reduced by its porosity. One of the issues emerging from the longer- term research into porous asphalt has been the tendency for its performance to reduce as the pores become clogged.
Thin surface coating road surfaces have been researched since these surfacings first became available in the early 1990s. A wide range of proprietary materials covered by this description has been subjected to a range of tests developed by the British Board of Agreement under the Highway Authorities Product Approval Scheme. The test of relative acoustic performance included within this scheme was developed from the procedure used in the research programme.
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projects for which the Highways Agency's NAOMI traffic flow model has been used in the last six months. 
Proposals for service areas on the M25, M4 and M40.
A simulation model of the M25 junctions 10 to 16
Research into trip movements at motorway service areas
A proposed motorway service area on the M27 at Meon Valley
An investigation of M25 Junction 13 and Glantry roundabout
Highways Agency development control
An investigation of development opportunities in Thames Gateway.
Mr. Byers: The NAOMI (New Assessment of Motorway Improvements) traffic flow model was introduced originally in 1995 and has been subject to several revisions and updates. The current version has been in use since September 2001. The reliability and accuracy of the model has been assessed using procedures contained in volume 12a of my Department's Design Manual for Roads and Bridges and passed as being fit for purpose as a regional scale model.
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