Mr. Don Foster:
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent changes (a) his Department and (b) the Strategic Rail Authority have made to (i) rail fare regulation and (ii) the regulation of network railcards; and what changes are planned. 
No recent changes have been made to rail fare regulation. Network railcards are not regulated. The issue of rail fares and fare regulation will be dealt with through the Strategic Rail Authority's review of fares policy.
Mr. Don Foster:
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2002, Official Report, column 370W, on Railtrack, if he will list the variety of other organisations referred to. 
I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my right hon. Friend the Minister for Transport on 8 February 2002, Official Report, column 1188W.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many meetings he has had with Ernst and Young as administrators of Railtrack since 1 January. 
It is not the normal practice of the Government to release details of meetings or discussions with private individuals or companies.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when Railtrack in administration will repay the money lent to it since going into administration. 
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[holding answer 18 March 2002]: I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given today by my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State to my hon. Friend the Member for Scarborough and Whitby (Lawrie Quinn) [ref. 45966].
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what date the Railtrack administrator is expected to repay the moneys advanced under the commercial loan agreement. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the current position of Railtrack plc in administration. 
Following the European Commission's decision of 13 February 2002 to clear the package of financial assistance to Railtrack plc (in administration), the administrator has secured up to £4.4 billion of commercial banking facilities, backed by a Government guarantee. This is a clear demonstration of the willingness of the private sector to invest in the UK railway sector. It has enabled the administrator to repay, with interest, the £1.9 billion he has drawn down from the £2.1 billion short-term commercial loan that Government provided on 7 October 2001.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with the Treasury on the tax treatment of share holdings in Railtrack. 
My Department and the Treasury have had numerous discussions at a variety of levels in relation to Railtrack.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much money has been (a) granted to, (b) lent to and (c) guaranteed for Railtrack since going into administration. 
[holding answer 18 March 2002]: I refer the right hon. Member to my answer of 12 March 2002, Official Report, column 917W.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much the administration of Railtrack has cost the Government to date; and how much the Government have spent on (a) railway consultancy, (b) accountancy and (c) legal advice in the last five months. 
[holding answer 18 March 2002]: The total fees for the Administrator and his advisers were about £17.5million to the end of February 2002, which will be repaid when Railtrack comes out of administration. With regard to how much the Government have spent on railway consultancy, accountancy and legal advice, I refer the right hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Minister for Transport to the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling) on 12 March 2002, Official Report, column 916W.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what analysis has been carried out of alternative routes for traffic using the Tinsley viaduct; 
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(2) how many (a) cars, motorbikes and vans, (b) lorries and (c) camper-vans and caravans used the Tinsley Viaduct each day in the last 12 months; 
(3) if he will list the work carried out on the Tinsley Viaduct on the M1 in the last 30 years, in each case giving (a) the aim and nature of the works, (b) details of the Government body responsible, (c) the length of time the works took and (d) the costs of the works; 
(4) what his estimate is of the change in the level of traffic on the Tinsley Viaduct on the M1 following the planned return to three lanes of traffic; 
(5) what works are planned on the Tinsley Viaduct on the M1. 
I have asked the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Tim Matthews, to write to the hon. Member.
Letter from Tim Matthews to Mrs. Theresa May, dated 25 March 2002:
The Secretary of State for Transport, Stephen Byers, has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions about Tinsley Viaduct on the M1. The Highways Agency has the responsibility for this structure.
In addition to routine maintenance of the structure, major works were carried out between 1976 and 1980 to strengthen the structure following the report of the Merrison Committee into box girder bridges. The Viaduct has also been rewaterproofed and repainted during the 30 year period. Records are no longer available to enable me to provide details of the duration and costs of these works.
The Highways Agency has recently awarded (a contract) to Edmund Nuttall to assess the extent of strengthening works needed to allow the viaduct to carry 3-lanes of traffic in each direction. This investigation started on 25 February and will take up to four months to complete. Decisions on what works are necessary, will be taken in the light of this investigation.
Traffic data for the viaduct is not available in the form you requested. However we do have total vehicle numbers for the year 2000, the last twelve month period for which figures are available:
Cars, motorbikes and vans including camper vans and caravans31,486,086
These figures equate to Average Annual Daily Traffic flows of 86,263 (cars, motorbikes and vans) and 27,115 (lorries).
Reinstating three traffic lanes in each direction is not expected to have any material effect on the volume of traffic using this section of the M1. The main benefit of restoring capacity will be the reduction of congestion at peak times. This will improve journey-time reliability and reduce accident risks associated with traffic queues on motorways.
Several plans exist for diverting traffic onto alternative routes. They are applied in consultation with the police and depend upon the nature of the incident requiring a diversion. For example, local diversions from the top level of the Viaduct to the lower level, the A631, are used during periods of high winds and when accidents occur on the Viaduct. Wider diversions to direct traffic off the motorway at junctions in advance of the Viaduct are also available.
When the Viaduct needs to be closed for roadworks, alternative traffic routes are agreed with the Local Highway Authorities. It is rarely necessary to close the Viaduct completely. Planned closures take place when traffic flows are reduced, usually at night.
If you require any further information, our Group Leader Phil Stanton, will be happy to assist you. He can be contacted at the Agency's offices at Sunley Tower, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester M14BE or by telephone on 0161 930 5688.
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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with interested parties following the publication of the Inspector's report on Heathrow terminals on the development of rail links from Heathrow to the West. 
I have made clear that I expect BAA to comply with their commitments to encourage the introduction and use of additional public transport services to Heathrow. The conditions of the Terminal 5 planning permission provide safeguarding measures for future rail links to and from the west of Heathrow. The SRA is continuing discussions with BAA on all options for improved rail links, including those west of Heathrow.