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Road Accidents

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) pedestrians, (b) cyclists, (c) drivers and (d) car occupants were (i) injured and (ii) killed in road accidents in Lancashire in each of the last six years for which figures are available. [34520]

Dr. Ladyman: The number of pedestrians, cyclists, car drivers and car passengers killed and injured in personal injury road accidents in the county of Lancashire (excluding Blackburn with Darwen unitary authority and Blackpool unitary authority) for the years 1999–2004 are shown in the table.
Lancashire (excluding Blackburn with Darwen UA and Blackpool UA)

Car drivers
Car passengers

(6) Includes serious and slight injuries

Road/Rail Journeys (Costs)

Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the typical per passenger per mile comparative costs of passenger road and rail journeys within the United Kingdom. [34072]

Dr. Ladyman: The estimated average cost per passenger/person per mile in Great Britain in 2004–05 was 15p for bus, 18p for rail and 25p for private motoring by car and van (of which fuel costs account for 7p per mile).

Estimates are for the average cost faced by the transport user, net of any subsidy. Estimates for bus and rail average costs are based on revenue collected by operators and passenger mileage estimates. The car and van motoring cost estimate is based on household expenditure on private motoring from the Expenditure and Food Survey 2004–05" and household car mileage figures from the National Travel Survey 2004". Motoring costs include expenditure on car purchase, spares, maintenance, insurance, taxation, fuel and parking, but excludes costs paid by employers. The marginal cost of travelling by car is significantly less than the average cost as car purchase, and other fixed costs, would be excluded.


Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what funding the Government are providing to improve the condition of Bedfordshire's road network; and if he will make a statement; [34450]
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(2) what funds the Government have allocated to (a) road maintenance and (b) improvement of the road network in Bedfordshire in the next three years; and if he will make a statement. [34502]

Dr. Ladyman: The Highways Agency expects to spend the following amounts on the maintenance and improvement of the trunk road and motorway network in Bedfordshire in the current and next three financial years:
Financial yearMaintenance
(£ million)
Improvement scheme (£ million)

Figures are approximate and are subject to change.

In 2005–06, we allocated Bedfordshire county council, through the local transport plan programme, £3.350 million for its integrated transport block and £6.001 million for capital highway maintenance.

We have also announced an indicative allocation for highway capital maintenance of £6.001 million for 2006–07 (as part of a two-year settlement) and that the capital highway maintenance allocation for 2007–08 will represent a minimum of 75 percent. of the 2006–07 allocation.

The integrated transport block and capital highway maintenance provide funding for local capital expenditure except major schemes. It is for the authority to determine how these allocations are spent in line with its local transport plan and their priorities. Other future funding for the integrated transport block and capital maintenance has yet to be announced.

In addition, funding for the routine maintenance of local roads is provided through the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's revenue support grant. This grant is unhypothecated and may be applied to any services.

Under the local transport plan programme, we have provisionally approved the Bedford Western Bypass, East Luton corridor improvement scheme and A507 Ridgmont Bypass for funding, subject to certain conditions, including the completion of the necessary statutory procedures. Funding for these schemes would be allocated once they had achieved final approval under the Department's procedures for major transport schemes.
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Sleep Apnoea

Mrs. Riordan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the effect is of an individual having obstructive sleep apnoea on their eligibility for (a) a driving licence and (b) an heavy goods vehicle licence. [34451]

Dr. Ladyman: A driving licence will be revoked if the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is not satisfied that treatment is both effective and well tolerated.

A licence can be reinstated once satisfactory control is achieved and confirmed by medical inquiry. Confirmation from a consultant or specialist is required for Group 2 (lorry and bus) licence holders. Group 2 drivers will normally be issued with a licence valid initially for one year to allow for periodic medical review. AGroup 1 (car or motorcycle) licence will normally be restored without further restriction.

All licences issued to drivers with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome are accompanied by advice to the driver and their doctor of the necessity to maintain good control of the condition and the need to report any deterioration in that control.

St. Pancras Station

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are to open the unused Thameslink Station underneath St. Pancras. [32740]

Derek Twigg: The fitting out and opening of the Thameslink station box underneath St. Pancras Station at Midland Road has always been part of the Thameslink Project.

The station shell was constructed as planned, as part of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Project. Further investment will be required to make the station operational.

As a result of the delays to the Thameslink Project, officials are currently determining the viability and value for money case of fitting out and operating the station prior to the Thameslink Project.

Strategic Rail Authority

Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what costs were incurred by his Department in abolishing the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA); how many people are still employed at the SRA; and when the authority will be completely wound up. [34165]

Derek Twigg: The Department is aiming to complete the winding up of the Strategic Rail Authority by the end of this financial year. As such final outturn costs are not available. The current estimate of the financial costs and benefits is set out as follows.
All figures £ million

DfT extra costs21.034.834.834.834.834.8
SRA cost savings19.53939393939
SRA building savings04.
Transition costs11.600000
Net cost (benefit)13.1(8.3)(9.7)(9.7)(9.7(9.7)

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As at 15 November 2005 107 people were employed by the SRA.

ThamesLink 2000 Project

Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the future of the ThamesLink 2000 Project. [34157]

Derek Twigg: The Thameslink Public Inquiry which opened on 6 September 2005 is due to be completed on 7 December 2005. The Inspector is then expected to report to the Secretary of State and the Deputy Prime Minister in January 2006, which will be followed in spring 2006 by the report on closures relating to the Thameslink project. Until these reports are published the Secretary of State cannot comment on the future of the Thameslink project.

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