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Mr. Denis Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date his Department plans to recommence the rail passenger partnership funding for new passenger rail services; what plans he has to review such funding; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: There are no specific proposals to re-introduce rail passenger partnership funding at this stage. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State's statement to Parliament of 10 February 2005 sets out the funding for rail until 200809. Future funding arrangements for the railway will be reviewed as part of the 2007 spending review and the development of the high level output specification for Network Rail.
Derek Twigg: Network Rail is investigating potential enhancements to platform 3 in conjunction with Arriva Trains Wales, to improve capacity at the station, and this will be progressed after the impact of new timetables in December 2005 is known.
Derek Twigg: The pattern and efficiency of train services throughout Kent including services to Gravesham have been extensively reviewed in preparation for the forthcoming award of the new Integrated Kent Franchise. The latest published figures show South Eastern Trains achieving an 89.3 per cent. on-time performance in the first quarter of 200506.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what correspondence he has received from the London business community on its contribution to the funding of Crossrail; and if he will publish it. 
The Secretary of State has received a number of letters regarding the funding of Crossrail from representatives of the London business community. The
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Secretary of State does not generally publish the correspondence he receives and has no plans to do so in this case.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the efficiency of rail links to (a) Kings Langley, (b) Apsley and (c) Hemel Hempstead; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: These stations have benefited from the West Coast Main Line Modernisation Project. Platforms have been extended to accommodate 12 car train lengths at all three stations. New air conditioned trains are also being introduced for certain services and line speed improvements are being implemented during 2006, to allow more attractive and reliable services to be operated.
Derek Twigg: The performance of all train operators, including South Eastern Trains (SET), is monitored on a four-weekly basis. The most recent figures for SET show an on-time performance of 88.3 percent. Corresponding figures for the most directly comparable operators are 89.1 percent. for southern and 92.1 percent for South West Trains.
Derek Twigg: I understand from Cross London Rail Links Limited (CLRLL) that, between November 2004 and November 2005, the number of staff directly employed by the company rose from 59 to 73; eight employees left the company and 22 new employees joined.
Dr. Ladyman: The latest available information that separately identifies the use made of roads in Great Britain by UK-registered and foreign- registered heavy goods vehicles is for 2003. Estimates for that year are as follows:
|Heavy goods vehicle traffic||Vehicle kilometres|
|(a) UK registered HGVs :||27.6|
|(b) Foreign registered HGVs :||0.9|
Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of transcontinental haulage lorries in the United Kingdom in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004 were non-domestic; and if he will make a statement. 
|UK-registered (thousands)||Foreign-registered (thousands)||Foreign-registered as share of total(1) (percentage)|
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what support his Department is providing to initiatives to reduce the amount of peak time traffic around schools in (a) the Tees Valley and (b) the Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland constituency. 
Derek Twigg: The Government want to reduce the present level of car use for journeys to and from school and make it possible for more pupils to walk, cycle or use public transport. The Department for Transport and Department for Education and Skills are providing support to all local authorities in England to help them achieve this through their joint Travelling to School" project.
As part of the project both Departments are providing joint funding (£7.5 million a year) to local authorities to enable them to employ school travel advisers to work with schools and help them develop and implement school travel plans and other initiatives to reduce car use. In addition, the Department for Education and Skills is awarding small capital grants (from a fund of £20 million a year) to schools with approved school travel plans to enable them to make improvements to school sites that will encourage sustainable travel to school. Both funding for school travel advisers and small capital grants was originally awarded for the period April 2004 to March 2006 but was extended earlier this year to March 2008.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether telecommunication masts constructed by Network Rail will be used to provide mobile phone telecommunication services for the general public; and if he will make a statement. 
In 2003 the Secretary of State for Transport announced a £1.6 billion investment in the widening of the M25. This programme will take in widening between junctions 2730 on the Essex stretch of the motorway.
DfT relies on the respective transport authorities to come forward with proposals for suitable schemes through their local transport plans. Provisional plans were submitted this summer and are currently being assessed.
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