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Roads Improvement Programme

Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to upgrade main roads in West Somerset. [115608]

Mr. Jamieson: The Secretary of State has no plans to upgrade main roads in West Somerset district, as it is the responsibility of Somerset county council as the highway authority.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the roads in the Targeted Programme of Improvements, in each case stating whether an Environmental Impact Assessment has been conducted in accordance with Directives 85/337/EEC and 97/11/EU prior to its inclusion in the programme. [115719]

Mr. Jamieson: I have asked the chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Mr. Tim Matthews, to reply to the hon. Member.

Letter from Tim Matthews to Mr. Don Foster, dated 3 June 2003:

Targeted programme of improvements (TPI) excludesschemes already open to trafficEnvironmental impact assessment (EIA) conducted in accordancewith directives85/337/EEC and 97/11/EU prior to its inclusion inthe programme (YES/NO)
A1(M) Ferrybridge—Hook MoorYES
A1(M) Wetherby—WalshfordYES
A2 Bean—Cobham Phase 1 Bean—TollgateNO
A2 Bean—Cobham Phase 2 Tollgate—CobhamNO
A2/A282 Dartford ImprovementYES
A5 Weeford—Fazeley ImprovementNO
A6 Rushden and Higham Ferrers BypassYES
A6 Rothwell—Desborough BypassYES
A6 Alvaston BypassYES
A10 Wadesmill Colliers EndYES
A14 Rookery Crossroads Grade Separated JunctionNO
A21 Lamberhurst BypassYES
A34 Chieveley/M4 J13 ImprovementNO
A41 Aston Clinton BypassYES
A46 Newark—Lincoln ImprovementYES
A63 Selby BypassYES
A120 Stansted—Braintree ImprovementYES
A249 Iwade—Queenborough ImprovementYES
A303 StonehengeNO
A421 Great Barford BypassNO
A500 City Road and Stoke Junction ImprovementNO
A500 Basford, Hough, Shavington BypassYES
A650 Bingley Relief RoadYES
A1033 Hedon Road ImprovementYES
M25 J12–15 WideningYES
M60 J5–8 WideningYES
A11 Attleborough BypassNO
A11 Fiveways—Thetford ImprovementNO
A47 Thomey BypassNO
M6 Carlisle to Guardsmill extensionYES
A63 Melton Grade Separated JunctionNO
A14 Haughley New St—Stowmarket ImprovementNO
A3 Hindhead ImprovementNO
A38 Dobwalls BypassNO
A595 Parton—Lillyhall ImprovementYES
Al Peterborough—Blvth GSJNO
M62 Junction 6 ImprovementNO
A46 Newark—Widmerpool ImprovementNO
A30 Bodmin Indian QueensNO
A483 Pant- Llanymynech BypassNO
A5117/A550 Deeside Park Junctions ImprovementNO
A419 Blunsdon BypassNO
A66 Temple Sowerby and Improvement at WinderwathNO
A1 Dishforth to LeerrungYES
A1 Bramham—Wetherby (including Wetherby Bypass)YES
A1 Leeming to BartonYES
A64 Rillington BypassNO
M40/A404 Handy Cross Junction ImprovementNO
A47 Blofield to North Burlingham DuallingNO
A66 Greta Bridge to Stephen Bank ImprovementNO
A66 Carkin Moor to Scotch Corner ImprovementNO
A428 Caxton Common to Hardwick ImprovementNO
A30/A382 Merrymeet JunctionNO
A66 Long Newton JunctionNO
A1 Stannington JunctionNO
A69 Haydon Bridge BypassNO
A419 Commonhead JunctionNO
M4 Junction 18 Eastbound DivergeNO
M5 Junctions 17–18 Northbound Climbing LaneNO
M5 Junctions 19–20 Southbound Climbing LaneNO
M5 Junctions 19–20 Northbound Climbing LaneNO
M1 Junction 19NO
A14 Ellington—Fen Ditton ImprovementNO
A57/A628 Mottram in Longdendale, Hollingworth and Tintwistle BypassNO
A45/A46 Tollbar End ImprovementNO

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Roads Management

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures the Department is taking to ensure that (a) commercial in-car route management systems and (b) the Highways Agency's variable message signs do not divert motorists onto unsuitable local roads. [115728]

Mr. Jamieson: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 3 February 2003, Official Report, column 40W.

Rural Transport

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) resource and (b) capital expenditure on rural transport in each year since 1998–99, broken down by (i) public and (ii) private expenditure. [115722]

Mr. Jamieson: Annual public expenditure on the Government's dedicated rural transport programmes since 1998–99 is set out in the following table:

£ million

Rural bus subsidy grant Rural bus challengeCountryside agency rural transport programmes Total
1998–9924.1 1.6—no split available2.3 28.0—no split available
1999–200030.50.35.03 .334.15.0
2000–0131.71.87.74 .838.37.7
2001–0240.43.98.17 .451.78.1

Local transport authorities are also free to use their Revenue Support Grant and Local Transport Plan block capital allocations for rural transport projects and initiatives, although neither the Department for Transport nor the Office of Deputy Prime Minister break down this public expenditure by rural area. Private expenditure on rural transport is not monitored.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the impact of expenditure on rural transport since 1998–99; and if he will make a statement. [115723]

Mr. Jamieson: Funding for rural transport services has been available since 1998–1999 through my Department's Rural Bus Subsidy Grant and Rural Bus Challenge and the Countryside Agency's rural transport schemes. The Rural Bus Subsidy Grant is supporting 1,900 new or improved routes in England on which about 21 million passenger journeys were made in 2001–02, improving access to services and facilities for those living in many rural areas. The Rural Bus Challenge supports innovative rural bus projects and 259 projects have been awarded grants since 1998. These projects have provided many new flexible demand responsive and community transport services throughout England. My Department

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has commissioned research on the impact of the Rural Bus Subsidy Grant and the Rural Bus Challenge scheme and will publish a report shortly.

The Countryside Agency administers the Rural Transport Partnership Scheme and since April 2001 the Parish Transport Grant. These schemes are supporting small scale transport projects developed locally by rural communities and parishes to improve accessibility for socially excluded groups. 466 projects, ranging from community transport schemes, wheels-to-work initiatives, public transport information to local walking and cycling improvements, have been supported in 2002–03. The Agency is currently carrying out a study of the impact and effectiveness of the Rural Transport Partnership Scheme, the results of which will be published in Spring 2004.


Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many employees have been seconded from Capita to the Department and its predecessors since 1997; how long they worked in the Department; and what positions they held. [115623]

Mr. Jamieson: The Department for Transport has only been in existence since May 2002. In the financial year 2002–03 there were no secondments from Capita to this Department.

Service Delivery Agreements

Mr. Horam: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which United Kingdom commitments arising from the World Summit on Sustainable Development (a) have been incorporated into the Department's existing delivery plan for Service Delivery Agreements and (b) will be incorporated in its delivery plan for Service Delivery Agreements in advance of the 2004 Spending Review. [113877]

Mr. Jamieson: My Department will take account of all of the Government's international commitments on sustainable development in its delivery and business planning processes.

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