Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Supplementary memorandum by the DTLR (TYP 28D)


  The document below outlines the current state of play on progress since the 10 Year Plan for transport was published. It focuses, as requested, on the measures highlighted in the original note "Delivery of improvements over the Life of the Plan", and is not intended to be a fully comprehensive list. A full assessment of progress to date will be contained in the first report on the 10 Year Plan, to be published in July.


  The Strategic Rail Authority published their first Strategic Plan on 14 January 2002.

  New 20-year Chiltern franchise and two-year extension to GNER franchise signed. Heads of Terms agreed for South Central and South West Trains. SRA announced revised franchising programme on 19 December 2001. DTLR produced its franchising guidance on the same day.

  Construction of phase 2 of the Channel Tunnel Rail link began in July 2001.

  600 New vehicles introduced in 2001. This is expected to increase to around 1,600 by the end of 2002, representing about 16 per cent of the total fleet.

  By the end of January 2002 52 per cent of trains had been fitted with the Train Protection and Warning system and 36 per cent (representing 5,539 locations) of the Railtrack programme was fitted and operational.

  So far £2 billion has been spent by Railtrack on renewal and enhancement of the West Coast Mainline. This includes reconstruction of track and signalling at the London end, replacement of track and overhead line electrification between London and Crewe. Virgin's new Pendolino tilting trains are under test between Carnforth and Carlisle.

  Planning and design started on signalling renewal in the London Bridge area, required for delivery of the Thameslink 2000 project (subject to the necessary TWA powers).


  There are currently 53 schemes in the Targeted Programme of Improvements (TPI). To date, 20 TPI schemes have started.

  1,662 lane km (approximately 4.2 per cent of the network) received quieter surfacing in the financial year 2001-02.

  The new Traffic Control Centre is now under construction.

  71 schemes out of the programme of 100 smaller scale safety and congestion schemes on trunk roads have been delivered since April 2000.

  Automatic hold-up warning systems were installed on 243 km of motorways during the financial year 2001-02, and monitoring equipment installed at 91 locations to give faster response times to accidents and other incidents.


  Contracts for the second tranche of multi-modal studies were let during the end of 2000 and during 2001 and the contract for the first Tranche 3 Multi-Modal Study has just been let.

  Four of the multi-modal studies had reported by December 2001: Hastings; Cambridge to Huntington; SE Manchester and West Midlands Area. 13 further studies are expected to report by autumn 2002.


  Five-year Local Transport Plans (LTPs) were submitted by all English local highway authorities outside London in July 2000.

  The local transport settlement on 14 December 2000 announced the allocation of £8.4 billion of public capital investment over five years, including £1.3 billion for 2001-02—double the previous year. In December 2001 the capital settlement for 2002-03 was announced which totalled £1.58 billion.

  The block allocations to local authorities for small scale integrated improvement and maintenance in 2001-02 totalled over £1 billion and a further allocation of £1.2 billion was announced for 2002-03.

  Maintenance allocations in each year were double those for 2000-01.

  Within the total package, £2.8 billion of funding for small scale measures over the five years is expected to provide, amongst other things, for 4,500 km of faster, more reliable bus routes, 4,300 km of new cycle routes, 650 km of pedestrianisation or footway improvements, 120 or so new or improved park and ride facilities.

  69 major local transport schemes (schemes over £5 million each) were given the green light in the December 2000 local transport capital settlement. A further 25 schemes were added to that list in 2001. Two further major schemes have so far been announced in 2002.

  37 of these are major public transport schemes, including six new light rail lines and four guided bus schemes. 55 are major local road improvements, of which 21 are new by-passes. Four major maintenance schemes have also been accepted for funding.

  The Sunderland extension to Tyne and Wear Metro opened in March 2002.

  The £46 million Urban Bus Challenge Fund was launched on 21 July 2001. The first awards, amounting to £15 million, were announced in November 2001. There will be further competitions in 2002 and 2003.

  The average age of the bus fleet has fallen to 8.4 years.

  By July 2001 a Rural Transport Partnership had been established in each rural county in England.

  The relevant rule changes were made in 2001-02 to allow the Rural Bus Subsidy Grant to be extended to services in and around market towns.

  The Travel Concessions (Eligibility) Act 2002 provides that, from April 2003, men will be entitled to travel concessions for the age of 60 rather than 65.


  The Mayor of London published his transport strategy for London in July 2001.

  Resources for the Mayor for the three-year period from 2001-02 through the 10 Year Plan will be over £3 billion—a doubling compared with previous plans.

  1,700 new buses entered service between July 2000 and November 2001. A further 420 were planned before this April. Waiting times are 7 per cent better than in 2000. 16 new night bus routes have been introduced since April 2000.

  Significant progress has been made in implementing the plans for modernisation of London Underground. Preferred bidders for two contracts were announced in May 2001 and for the third in September 2001. London Transport announced on 7 February 2002 that it was minded to proceed subject to consultation with the Mayor and TfL.


  Traveline, the new telephone service giving route and timetable information on bus, coach, train and metro services, was put in place in all areas in 2000. Journey planners and real-time rail information are now available on the internet for some routes/locations.


  The Government funded Powershift programme has supported the purchase of over 11,000 cleaner fuel vehicles to date.

  Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) and company car taxation have been reformed to encourage more fuel efficient vehicles. By 2000 average new car CO2 emissions in the UK had fallen by 6 per cent since 1995.

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