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Road Widening

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 2 July 2002, Official Report, column 220W, on road widening, what the total cost of the schemes referred to is; and what the cost of each scheme is. [70733]

Mr. Jamieson: The total cost of the schemes listed in the answer to the question of 2 July 2002, Official Report, column 220W is £809 million. The latest available cost of the individual schemes is as follows:

Road scheme£ million
M25 Junctions 12–15 widening94
M60 Junctions 5–882
A74(M) Carlisle to Guardsmill upgrading to motorway65
A1 Bramham to Wetherby38
A1 Dishforth to Leeming125
A1 Leeming to Barton100
A1 Willowburn to Denwick improvement(8)(8)8
A2 Bean to Cobham widening phase 117
A2 Bean to Cobham widening phase 274
A11 Fiveways to Thetford improvement34
A11 Attleborough bypass improvement14
A11 Roudham Heath to Attleborough Dualling(8) (8)30
A43 M40 to B4031 dualling18
A46 Newark to Lincoln improvement(8)(8)28
A46 Newark to Widmerpool improvement82

(8) Contract award figure


Television Advertising

Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money his Department spent on each television advertising campaign in the last 12 months. [70384]

Mr. Jamieson: The amount spent by the then DTLR on TV advertising for each of its campaigns in the last financial year was as follows:

TV media spend: April 2001 to 2002(9)

Campaign£ million
Road safety5.11
Fire safety(10) 2.40
Traveline0.12
Total7.63

(9) Figures exclude VAT

(10) Responsibility now with ODPM


Taxis

Mrs. Helen Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the effects on the public of GNER's decision to award sole rights to operate at Peterborough station to Taxibank; [70851]

Mr. Jamieson: It is for GNER to ensure that its agreement with Taxibank meets the needs of its

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passengers. Access to taxi ranks at GNER's stations is a matter for that company. Exclusive contracts can bring significant benefits for passengers, including ensuring that taxis are always available at off-peak times and that certain standards of service are met. The Government are currently considering what taxi and private hire vehicle measures might be reformed through a regulatory reform order.

Secure Stations Scheme

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Bath (Mr. Foster), of 2 July 2002, Official Report, column 208W, which stations have been accredited under the secure stations scheme in each of the last three years. [71157]

Mr. Jamieson: I have placed in the Libraries of the House a list of stations which have been accredited under the Secure Stations Scheme in each of the last three full years. Also listed are stations, which have been accredited this year to June 2002.

There are 149 stations accredited so far, which cover approximately one third of passenger journeys on the overground.

Rail Travel

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passenger kilometres were travelled on (a) strategic rail routes, (b) London and the South East, (c) regional networks, (d) intercity lines and (e) all routes, in each of the past three years. [71060]

Mr. Jamieson: This information is set out in 'National Rail Trends,' published quarterly by the Strategic Rail Authority, most recently on 6 June. Copies are held in the Libraries of the House.

Bus Mileage

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the total local bus mileage was operated by tendered bus services in each of the last five years. [71049]

Mr. Jamieson: Information on the proportion of bus mileage operated through tendered services, comprising services run under contract to Transport for London, and socially necessary services subsidised by local authorities outside London, is shown in the following table. The commercial (deregulated) local bus mileage proportion is also shown. Outside London, the tendered services column includes some local authority contracts negotiated under "de minimis" rules with individual operators, although most are provided following competitive tendering.

Percentage

Commercial(11)Tendered
England
1996–977327
1997–987228
1998–997228
1999–20007228
2000–017228
England outside London
1996–978416
1997–988416
1998–998317
1999–20008416
2000–018416

(11) deregulated


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Journey Times

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will explain the statement, on page 20, paragraph 48 of the 10-year plan background analysis, that improvements in journey times are expected to have almost a one for one impact on demand for the services concerned. [71054]

Mr. Jamieson: The statement reflects standard railway industry modelling assumptions that changes in journey time have a demand elasticity of around unity. Therefore, on average, a one per cent. change in journey time is expected to result in a change in demand of approximately one per cent.

Customer Satisfaction Statistics

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what rail customer satisfaction statistics he has collated for each quarter of each of the last four years, relating to (a) overall satisfaction, (b) punctuality satisfaction, (c) reliability satisfaction, (d) frequency of trains satisfaction, (e) value for money satisfaction, (f) station quality satisfaction and (g) train information provision satisfaction. [71156]

Mr. Jamieson: The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) has conducted a twice yearly national on-train passenger satisfaction survey since Autumn 1999. Results are reported at national and individual Train Operating Company level and are published in the SRA's 'On Track' publication in June and December each year. The most recent results were published on 6 June 2002.

The latest publication and earlier editions are already available in the Libraries of the House and can also be found on the SRA's web site: "www.sra.gov.uk".

Tendered Bus Services

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of recent trends in the costs of contracts for tendered bus services. [71050]

Mr. Jamieson: My Department commissioned last year a three-year research project into trends in tendered bus services including tender prices. Recent interim findings indicate rises in real terms in prices of around 20 per cent., as compared with the last time (typically two or three years ago) when the contracts surveyed were offered. This is in line with the findings of the annual survey conducted by the Association of Transport Co-ordination Officers. There are however significant variations within this overall figure. Our research will be published in due course.

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Rail Accident Investigation Body

Jane Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will publish proposals for the setting up of an independent rail accident investigation body; and if he will make a statement. [71750]

Mr. Darling: We have today published our proposals for the establishment of an independent rail accident investigation branch. Copies of the document are in the Libraries of the House. The consultation exercise will run for 12 weeks from today. The responses will help us to ensure that the right provisions are written into the draft primary legislation that we shall in due course put before Parliament.

Illegal Fuel

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what facilities in the supply of illegal fuel are estimated to exist in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK; and if he will make a statement. [62940]

John Healey: I have been asked to reply.

There are no estimates available for the number of illicit fuel laundering plants in the UK.

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of fuel in the UK fuel market is illegally produced; and what targets have been set for reducing this market share. [62941]

John Healey: I have been asked to reply.

Latest estimates of the size of the non-UK paid oils market were set out in "Tackling Indirect Tax Fraud", published alongside the 2001 pre-Budget report. Budget 2002 set out a comprehensive strategy to tackle all aspects of the problem of oils fraud, without which the illicit share of the UK diesel market would have risen by 8 per cent. to 2004–05.

This strategy will reduce that market share to 2 per cent. and save around £550 million against the pre-Budget revenue by 2004–05.


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