New Road Schemes
Mr. Don Foster:
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the local authority road schemes which have been provisionally accepted by his Department for funding. 
The following local authority road schemes (listed by region) have been fully or provisionally approved by my Department under the local transport plan process:
A689 Sedgefield to Wynyard Improvement (Durham)
South Stockton Link (Stockton-on-Tees)
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Eastern Transport Corridor (Darlington)
A688 Wheatley Hill to Bowburn Link (Durham)
A167 Chilton Bypass (Durham)
Pegswood Bypass (Northumberland)
Scotswood Road Improvement (Newcastle)
Southern Radial Route (Sunderland)
Manchester/Salford Inner Relief Road (Greater Manchester/ Salford)
Alderley Edge Bypass (Cheshire)
Carlisle Northern Development Route (Cumbria)
Bridgefoot Bypass (Warrington)
Leeds Inner Relief Road Stage 7 (Leeds)
East Leeds Link Road (Leeds)
Coalfields Link Road Phases 2 & 3 (Barnsley)
A6023 Denaby Main Diversion (Doncaster)
Scarborough Integrated Transport Scheme (North Yorkshire)
Cudworth Bypass (Barnsley)
A57 M1 to Todwick Crossroads (Rotherham)
West Bawtry Road Improvement (Rotherham)
Sheffield Inner Relief Road Phase 2 (Sheffield)
HemsworthA1 Link (Wakefield)
Glasshoughton Link Road (Wakefield)
Approved (and open to traffic):
Ashby Bypass (Leicestershire)
A6002/A6007 Coventry Lane Improvement (Nottinghamshire)
A6096 Ilkeston-Awsworth Link (Derbyshire)
Markham Employment Growth Zone (Derbyshire)
A47 Earl Shilton Bypass (Leicestershire)
A607 Rearsby Bypass (Leicestershire)
A158/C541 Coastal Access Improvements (Lincolnshire)
A1073 Improvement (Lincolnshire/Peterborough)
A617 Mansfield Ashfield Regeneration Route (Nottinghamshire)
A612 Gedling Integrated Transport Scheme (Nottinghamshire)
A53 Hodnet Bypass (Shropshire)
Biddulph Bypass (Staffordshire)
Burntwood Bypass (Staffordshire)
Wyre Piddle Bypass (Worcestershire)
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A38 Selly Oak Link Road (Birmingham)
Rugeley Bypass (Staffordshire)
Hanley-Bentilee Link (Stoke)
Barford Bypass (Warwickshire)
Rugby Western Bypass (Warwickshire)
A38 Northfield Regeneration Scheme (Birmingham)
Owen St. Level Crossing Relief Road (Sandwell)
Cradley Heath Town Centre (Sandwell)
Great Leighs Bypass (Essex)
Broome and Ellingham Bypass (Norfolk)
Ridgmont Bypass and Woburn Link (Bedfordshire)
Bedford Western Bypass (Bedfordshire)
A1198 Papworth Everard Bypass (Cambridgeshire)
A142 Fordham Bypass (Cambridgeshire)
Baldock Bypass (Hertfordshire)
East Luton Corridor (Luton)
Nar-Ouse Regeneration Project (Norfolk)
Stowmarket Relief Road (Suffolk)
South Lowestoft Relief Road (Suffolk)
West Thurrock Riverside Regeneration Scheme (Thurrock)
Stoke Hammond and Linslade Western Bypass
East Kent Access Phase 1 (Kent)
A228 Main Road to Ropers Lane (Phase 1) (Medway)
Bletchley Link (Milton Keynes)
M4 J11 Improvement (Reading)
Bridgewater Northern Distributor (Somerset)
A39 Camelford Bypass (Cornwall)
Barnstaple Western Bypass (Devon)
Poole Harbour Bridge (Poole)
N.W. Taunton Package (Somerset)
Weymouth Relief Road (Dorset)
A350 Semington-Melksham Diversion (Wiltshire)
Brunel Link & Harnham Relief Road (Wiltshire).
Mr. Don Foster:
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his reply of 10 July 2002, Official Report, column 975W, on traffic forecasts, from whom his Department has commissioned work; what the scope of this work is; what the cost of work commissioned is; and what the timetable for this work is. 
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Work on different aspects of a multi-modal modelling and forecasting capability has been commissioned from:
Institute for Transport Studies, Leeds University
Marcial Echenique and Partners
TRL (formerly the Transport Research Laboratory)
This work has included:
a review of requirements and approach,
development of rail and highway network models,
development of a central model of travellers' mode choice decisions,
development of a national model of freight movements, and
updating of previous work on the impact of different transport policies, to be consistent with the new framework.
The resulting modelling system incorporates elements of the forecasting framework previously used to inform development of the 10-year plan. Work has included developing interfaces between various model components, and general integration and testing.
The total value of the contracts awarded is of the order of £1.38 million.
An initial version of the new framework is operational and being tested. Certain further improvements are being incorporated, and a programme of longer-term development has been identified.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the EU Advisory Committee on the Control and Reduction of Pollution Caused by the Discharge of Hydrocarbons and other Dangerous Substances at Sea is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement. 
The Advisory Committee on the Control and Reduction of Pollution Caused by the Discharge of Hydrocarbons and other Dangerous Substances at Sea (known as ACPH) no longer exists and has been replaced by the Management Committee on Marine Pollution, which was established under Decision No. 2850/2000/EC of 20122000 of the European Parliament and the Council. This set up a Community framework for co-operation in the field of accidental or deliberate marine pollution.
The committee is scheduled to meet on 4 October 2002 in Brussels. Officials from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), part of my Department, represent the UK on the committee. However, my officials consult the Scottish Executive on agenda items in which it might have an interest in accordance with our concordat with the devolved Administrations.
Mr. Don Foster:
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a full set of
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roadworks in 200203 area maps published by the Roadworks and Traffic Information Unit of the Highways Agency. 
The Highways Agency does not have a Roadworks and Traffic Information Unit.
The Highways Agency provides, fortnightly, an electronic Current Roadworks Information Bulletin on its website. This is a listing of planned roadworks on England's strategic road network. This information is not provided in any other format. Road users are given advanced warning of major road works by a variety of methods.
Mr. Don Foster:
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library his Department's last accommodation requirements review. 
The Department for Transport is assessing its future accommodation requirements in the light of the machinery of Government changes in June 2002 and will be reviewing the position in the autumn. No documents are currently available.
Mr. Don Foster:
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent changes (a) have taken place and (b) are planned relating to (i) the organisation of the Highways Agency and (ii) the Highways Agency website; and if he will make a statement. 
The information is as follows:
(a) (i) In 2001 the Highways Agency established the Operations, Network Strategy and Corporate Directorates as part of an internal reorganisation, primarily to help improve its focus on delivering operational services.
(a) (ii) As part of that reorganisation the Highways Agency is currently migrating some staff and functions from London, increasing its regional presence so that most of the Agency's staff and functions are located close to its customers.
(b) (i) The Highways Agency's website was redesigned in April 2002. The changes were made to enable the website to better meet its key customers' requirements and make the website generally more accessible.
(b) (ii) The Highways Agency's website will continue to evolve to improve the supply of information about the Highways Agency's network and developments.