Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Eighth Report


Source: Annex 2, Transport 2010, The 10 Year Plan, p 100

The Department's objective is to promote modern and integrated transport for the public and industry and to reduce the impact of transport on the environment. The Plan will deliver or contribute to the achievement of the following targets in the DETR's Public Service Agreement:[295]

    (i)     to reduce road congestion on the inter­urban network[296] and in large urban areas in England below current levels by 2010 by promoting integrated transport solutions and investing in public transport and the road network

    (ii)     to increase rail use in Great Britain (measured in passenger kilometres) from 2000 levels by 50% by 2010, with investment in infrastructure and capacity, while at the same time securing improvements in punctuality and reliability[297]

    (iii)     to increase bus use in England (measured by the number of passenger journeys) from 2000 levels by 10% by 2010, while at the same time securing improvements in punctuality and reliability

    (iv)   to double light rail use in England (measured by the number of passenger journeys) by 2010 from 2000 levels

    (v)   to cut journey times on London Underground services by increasing capacity and reducing delays. Specific targets will be agreed with the Mayor after the Public Private Partnership has been established

    (vi)   to improve air quality by meeting our National Air Quality Strategy targets for carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, particles, sulphur dioxide, benzene and 1­3 butadiene

    (vii)   to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 12.5% from 1990 levels, and move towards a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2010

    (viii)   to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in Great Britain in road accidents by 40% by 2010 and the number of children killed or seriously injured by 50%, compared with the average for 1994­98.

Summary of other 10 Year Plan targets and indicators:


a significant increase in rail freight's share of the freight market by 2010. We believe it ought to be possible to increase market share to 10% by 2010 from 7% now ­ an 80% increase in rail freight ­ provided the rail freight companies can deliver improvements in performance and efficiency.

We will monitor rail passenger satisfaction.

Local transport

by 2010, to triple the number of cycling trips compared with a 2000 base[298]

to achieve a one­third increase in the proportion of households in rural areas within about 10 minutes[299] walk of an hourly or better bus service by 2010

industry targets announced at the Bus Summit (November 1999) and which will be reviewed in 2001:

bus reliability: by June 2001, no more than 0.5% of services cancelled for reasons within operator's control

bus fleet: bring down average age of buses to eight years by June 2001.

We expect local authorities to set targets for bus punctuality in their local transport plans during the period covered by their first full LTPs. We will monitor bus passenger satisfaction.


rail overcrowding: reduce overcrowding to meet the SRA standards by 2010.[300]

passenger satisfaction with London Underground services will be monitored.


maintain our strategic road network in optimum condition

provide sufficient resources to local authorities to halt the deterioration in the condition of local roads by 2004 and to eliminate the backlog by the end of the Plan period.

For local roads, we will work with local authorities on the development of benchmark profiles for reducing congestion on different types of local roads, and publish a report on the feasibility of such benchmarks by autumn 2001. The benchmark profiles would relate to different areas and reflect different local needs.


We will monitor changes in:

modal share for passenger journeys covering car, public transport modes, cycling and walking

freight intensity: change in overall freight traffic and lorry traffic relative to GDP.

The Plan has been appraised against sustainable development objectives and a summary of this is set out in the background analysis. Our research programme will make proper provision for policy and programme evaluation. Investment in schemes will be assessed on a case by case basis using the New Approach to Appraisal (NATA), which summarises transport problems and solutions against environmental impact, safety, economy, accessibility and integration.

295   Departmental Public Service Agreements link the allocation of public expenditure to published targets with the aim of delivering modern, responsive public services. Back

296   This is the inter­urban trunk road network operated by the Highways Agency. Back

297   In replacing existing franchises, the shadow Strategic Rail Authority (sSRA) is seeking commitments from bidders for substantial improvements in punctuality and reliability. Targets will be set in the light of the SRA's negotiations with bidders. Back

298   This is a rebasing of the National Cycling Strategy target of quadrupling cycling trips by 2012 on a 1996 base, a target which will also be retained. Back

299   This represents an increase from 36% to 48% of rural households within 13 minutes walk of an hourly or better bus service. Back

300   Rush hour overcrowding is measured annually on the ten London commuter TOCs. All passengers are expected to have seats for journeys of over 20 minutes. For shorter journeys, a train would usually count as being overcrowded when more than 30% of passengers are standing. Back

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