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South Coast Multi-Modal Study

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) in respect of the recommendations relating to rail in the South Coast Multi-Modal Study, how many (a) are being implemented, (b) have been ruled out by the Strategic Rail Authority, (c) have been ruled out by train operating companies and (d) have not yet been subject to decision; [142340]

Mr. McNulty: Our 9 July 2003 response to the South Coast Multi-Modal Study, which was sent to MPs within the South East as part of an announcement package, set out in detail where we have asked for further work to be undertaken by the respective delivery agencies. This includes where we have asked for schemes to be taken forward, where we have asked for schemes to be considered further or where to look at alternatives. Implementation of all schemes included in the announcement is subject to the successful completion of all necessary consultation and statutory procedures.

The Highway Agency, Local Authorities and the Strategic Rail Authority are taking this work forward in liaison with interested parties.

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total cost was of the South Coast Multi-Modal Study. [142342]

Mr. McNulty: The total cost of the South Coast Multi-Modal Study (SoCoMMs) including call-off contract is around £1.8 million, excluding VAT.

Speed Cameras

Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 1 December 2003,

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Official Report, column 7W, on speed cameras, how many people were (a) killed and (b) seriously injured at the camera sites within the pilot areas. [142233]

Mr. Jamieson: Data and analysis are described in the Department's report. Numbers of killed and seriously injured (KSI) casualties are added together for sites in six areas. Sites were phased in so have different numbers of months of data.

For sites with two years of after data, there were 0.66 KSI casualties per year per site before cameras and 0.36 KSI per year per site afterwards. For sites with one year's data it was 3.83 to 2.02 KSI per site per year.

Train Punctuality

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to monitor reliability and punctuality on train performance into Paddington station, with specific reference to the performance of First Great Western, in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [142234]

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Mr. McNulty: The Strategic Rail Authority monitors the performance of all train operating companies and publishes statistics in its quarterly "National Rail Trends" publication, copies of which are placed in the Library of the House. The next edition covering performance to the end of September 2003 will be published later this month. Information is provided for the services of each operator in aggregate, not by specific destination stations.

Transport Projects (St. Helens)

Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which projects have been (a) wholly and (b) partly funded by his Department in St. Helens since 1997; when each project was announced; when it started or was expected to start; what funding was provided by (i) Government and (ii) a third party; what third party provided funding; what the target group of the project was; what the projected outcome of the project was; and what the name of the project was. [141275]

Mr. McNulty: The information is not available in the form requested. The table shows capital expenditure projects in St. Helens since 1992. Maintenance-related projects are too numerous to list here.

ProjectFinancial year startedGovernment funding (£000)Outcomes
St. Helens Bus Station1992–932,200Quality Bus Corridor
St. Helens Linkway1992–938,037Transport Corridor Improvements
Earlestown Station1993–94180Refurbishment
St. Helens Subway Design1994–958Design for subway to industrial development
IT St. Helens Bus Station1995–96132IT equipment to provide information at bus stations
St. Helens Rail Station1995–9638Refurbishment/upgrade
St. Helens Junction Study1996–97114Study of useage
St. Helens Junction1998–99599Developing major scheme
Lea Green New Station1997–982,293New Station Construction
St. Helens Corridor Appraisal1999–200073Assessment of Bus Corridor outcomes
Corridor Q2001–022,188Smart bus route
Centre 62001–02651Town centre highway and environmental improvements
Capital Challenge1998–99858Town centre transport improvements
Newton 211998–9993SRB Environmental Improvements

Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what central Government expenditure has been allocated by his Department in (a) St. Helens and (b) Merseyside in each year since 1992. [141301]

Mr. McNulty: The following table shows allocations to St. Helens and across all five Merseyside authority areas since the 1997–98 financial year:

£000

Financial yearAllocations toSt. HelensAllocations to fiveMerseyside authorities
1997–989348,752
1998–991,0558,134
1999–20001,53311,310
2000–012,37815,618
2001–023,89029,364
2002–033,97432,098
2003–044,50839,501

Comparable information is not available for the period prior to 1997.

Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the level of government expenditure on (a) rail, (b) bus and (c) road infrastructure was in (i) St. Helens, (ii) Merseyside and (iii) the North West region in each year since 1992. [141302]

Mr. McNulty: The information is not available in the form requested. During the period 1997–98 to 2005–06, St. Helens are committed to spend a total of £14 million on a range of integrated transport schemes. During the same period the total commitment by all five Merseyside authorities on integrated transport schemes is £126 million. In addition to this, funding has been provided direct to enable Merseytravel to deliver schemes with a total value of £417 million across Merseyside during the same period.

Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the projects assisted by central Government expenditure which (a) have been started and (b) are expected to start on (i) rail, (ii) bus and (iii) road infrastructure in (A) St. Helens and (B) Merseyside in each year since 1992. [141303]

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Mr. McNulty: The following table shows capital expenditure projects in St. Helens from the 1992–93 financial year onwards:

ProjectAuthorityareaFinancialyear started
St. Helens Bus StationSt. Helens1992–93
St. Helens LinkwaySt. Helens1992–93
Earlestown StationSt. Helens1993–94
St. Helens Subway DesignSt. Helens1994–95
IT St. Helens Bus StationSt. Helens1995–96
St. Helens Rail StationSt. Helens1995–96
St. Helens Junction StudySt. Helens1996–97
St. Helens JunctionSt. Helens1998–99
Lea Green New StationSt. Helens1997–98
St. Helens Corridor AppraisalSt. Helens1999–2000
Corridor QSt. Helens2001–02
Centre 6St. Helens2001–02
Capital ChallengeSt. Helens1998–99
Newton 21St. Helens1998–99

A total of 336 integrated transport schemes taken forward in Merseyside since 1992; too many to list individually here.

Trunk Roads (Gloucestershire)

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many stretches of new trunk road have been opened in (a) Stroud and (b) Gloucestershire in each of the last three years for which figures are available. [143030]

Mr. Jamieson: North facing slip roads were added to M5 Junction 12 in Gloucestershire as part of a full rebuilding of the junction. The work was completed on 27 November 2002.

There have been no other new stretches of trunk road opened in Stroud or Gloucestershire in the last three years.


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