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South-West Regional Planning Assessment

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the South West Regional Planning Assessment to start; and which organisations will be consulted. [30626]

Derek Twigg: No decision has yet been made about when the consultation for the South West Regional Planning Assessment (RPA) will begin. As with all RPAs, it will be developed through extensive discussion
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and consultation with regional and local bodies. These include the county councils, unitary authorities and regional planning bodies.

Speed Cameras

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the regression to the mean effect on the statistics relating to the number of accidents on roads with speed cameras. [31464]

Dr. Ladyman: Independent academics are looking at regression to the mean as part of the fourth year evaluation report on the National Safety Camera Programme. Their report is in preparation and is expected to be completed shortly.

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much and what percentage of spending by safety camera partnerships was on camera operations and related road traffic injury prevention in each year between 1994 and 2004. [31470]

Dr. Ladyman: All expenditure reclaimed by safety camera partnerships has to be directly related to speed and red light camera enforcement. The following table shows the fine receipts and partnership expenditure in England and Wales since the inception of the safety camera programme in 2000.
Number of partnershipsTotal finesExpenditureExpenditure as percentage of fines received

Figures for 2004–05 will be published on the Department's website in due course.

Speeding (Carbon Emissions)

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State forTransport how much extra carbon dioxide in tonnes per annum he estimates arose from the driving of roadvehicles in excess of 70 mph in each of the last five years. [30926]

Dr. Ladyman: If no vehicles exceeded the speed limits on motorways and dual carriageways we have estimated that savings in the region of 0.5 million tonnes of carbon per annum could theoretically occur. In practice, however, it would be virtually impossible to enforce blanket compliance with the 70 mph speed limit, and the Government have no intention of introducing such a policy.

Stratford Stations

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what arrangements will be made for passengers with disabilities to be able to move between Stratford Regional Station and Stratford International Station. [31794]

Derek Twigg: Stratford International Station is being built with step free access from platform to street level.

As part of the Olympic development, to be delivered by 2012, Stratford Regional Station will also provide step free access from platform to street level.

Subject to the approval of applications which are currently before the Secretary of State, it is proposed that from 2010 the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) will provide direct access between Stratford International and Regional Stations. Access from DLR trains to platforms will be step free.

Rail Services

Mrs. James: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of punctuality of services on First Great Western services from Paddington to Swansea since January. [30731]

Derek Twigg: In the year to 30 June 2005, the public performance measure for First Great Western passenger train services as a whole was 77.8 per cent. The Department for Transport does not keep separate records on the punctuality of trains running from Paddington to Swansea. Joint action plans are in place between Network Rail and First Great Western to address performance trends and these are monitored monthly.

Traffic Growth (West Sussex)

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his projections are for traffic growth in West Sussex over each of the next 10 years. [33058]

Dr. Ladyman: Estimates of future traffic growth in West Sussex are as follows:
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2005–108 to 11.5
2005–1515.5 to 23

These figures are based on the National Road Traffic Forecasts (GB) 1997, with an adjustment to allow for West Sussex having higher-than-average projected rates of population and employment growth.

Train Operating Companies

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total amount of penalties awarded against each train operating company for poor
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performances by the (a) Office of Passenger Rail Franchising and (b) Strategic Rail Authority was in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [26958]

Derek Twigg: The franchising authority pays performance bonuses to train operators for exceeding performance targets. If performance is poor, operators pay a performance penalty. Payments of both types are made at four weekly intervals and, in the course of a year, a particular operator may both pay performance penalties and receive performance bonuses. The following table lists cases where payments by an operator during the financial year concerned exceeded the payments it received from the franchising authority. All operators have similar agreements except those indicated in the table as not having one.

Cardif Railways(7)1,4235973(7)(8)(8)(8)
Central Trains(7)1,6513848,8049,63310,9106,83811,348
South Central(7)(7)1,0209,2485,9786,34212,82812,118
South Eastern9741,6292,04011,2295,7466,8972,895(8)
Cross Country(9)(9)(9)(9)(9)(9)2(9)
Gatwick Exp(9)(9)(9)(9)(9)(9)(9)(9)
Great Eastern122(7)(7)7,7445,5791,525(8)(8)
Great Western(9)2,4522,1751,9785,4082,6102,0201,058
Island Line241420419121725
North Western(7)(7)(7)2,2563,4552,5361,448540
Northern Spirit(7)(7)(7)8,3377,6113,7291,111741
First Scotrail(8)(8)(8)(8)(8)(8)(8)178
Trans Pennine(8)(8)(8)(8)(8)(8)502,817
Wales and West(7)378(7)4,4971,577(8)(8)(8)
West Coast(9)(9)6715128847680

(7) Indicates that the operator received a net performance bonus.
(8) Indicates that the franchise did not exist in the year concerned.
(9) Indicates operators who were not subject during the year in question to a performance penalty regime
All figures are in £000 and are total net payments for poor performance.

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