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Road Improvement Costs

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) expected cost when first submitted for approval and (b) most recently-estimated or final cost is of each road scheme (i) in the Targeted Programme of
 
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Improvements and (ii) submitted for funding through the Local Transport Plan process in each year since 1999–2000 and (b) from 2005–06. [37568]

Dr. Ladyman: The information requested has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when (a) road schemes that have entered the
 
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Targeted Programme of Improvements since April 2003 will be re-appraised and (b) the relevant cost estimates will be updated. [37569]

Dr. Ladyman: The following road schemes have entered the Targeted Programme of Improvements (TPI) since April 2003 and are shown until their next key event. Scheme appraisals, including estimates, are reviewed in advance of these key events. Estimates are kept under constant review.

Scheme
Date of next economic
re-appraisal

Key event
A14 Ellington—Fen Ditton Improvement2005–06Preferred Route Announcement
A57/A628 Mottram in Longdendale, Hollingworth and Tintwistle Bypass2005–06Publish Draft Orders and Environmental Statement
A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement2005–06Publish Draft Orders and Environmental Statement
M1 Junction 6a to 10 Widening2005–06Works Price Reviewed/Confirmed
M1 Junction 10 to 13 Widening2005–06Preferred Route Announcement
A1 Morpeth to Felton Dualling2006–07Publish Draft Orders and Environmental Statement
A1 Adderstone to Belford Dualling2005–06Tender Invitation
A1/A19/A1068 Seaton Burn Junction ImprovementCost estimate confirmed September 2005
A19/A184 Testos Grade Separated Junction2005–06ECI Contract Awarded
A5-M1 Link (Dunstable Northern Bypass).2006–07Publish Draft Orders and Environmental Statement
A421 Bedford to M1 Junction 132005–06ECI Contract Awarded
M40 Junction 15 (Longbridge)2005–06Publish Draft Orders and Environmental Statement
A596 High and Low Newton Bypass2005–06Works Price Reviewed/Confirmed
M20 Junction 10ACost estimate to be reviewed April 2006
A27 Southerham to Beddingham Improvement2006–07Works Price Reviewed/Confirmed
M1 J21–30 (early improvements) (contract 1)2005–06Environmental Statement Published
M1 J21–30 DBFO (contract 2)2006–07Publish Draft Orders and Environmental Statement
M25 J1b-3 Widening2006–07Publish Draft Orders and Environmental Statement
M25 J5–7 Widening2005–06Confirm Investment Decision
M25 J16–23 Widening2005–06Publish Draft Orders and Environmental Statement
M25 J23–27 Widening2005–06Confirm Investment Decision
M25 J27–30 Widening2005–06Confirm Investment Decision
A453 Widening (M1 J24 to A52 Nottingham)2005–06ECI Contract Awarded—programme under review
M25 Junction 28/A12 Brook Street Interchange2005–06ECI Contract Awarded
M27 J11 to J12 Climbing Lanes2005–06ECI Contract Awarded
M27 J3 to J4 Widening2005–06ECI Contract Awarded
M1 J30 to J31 Widening2006–07ECI Contract Awarded
M1 J31 to J32 Widening2005–06ECI Contract Awarded
M1 J32 to J34S Widening2005–06ECI Contract Awarded
M1 J34N to J37 Widening2006–07ECI Contract Awarded
M1 J37 to J39 Widening2006–07ECI Contract Awarded
M1 J39 to J42 WideningCost estimate to be reviewed May 2006
M1 J31 to J32 Northbound Collector/DistributorCost estimate to be reviewed July 2006
M62 J25 to J27 Widening2007–08ECI Contract Awarded
M62 J27 to J28 Widening2007–08ECI Contract Awarded

The following schemes, which have entered the TPI since April 2003, are to be progressed subject to regional priorities:

Roads

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many parking bays there were in (a) 1999–2000 and (b) 2004–05; and how many such bays were subject to parking controls. [38566]

Ms Buck: This information is not collected centrally.

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's projected spending on road building is in each of the next five years, broken down by category of road; and how many miles of eachcategory of road he expects to be built over that period. [38448]

Dr. Ladyman: We have made indicative budget allocations of £379 million in 2006–07 and £578 million in 2007–08 for major trunk road schemes on motorways and trunk roads categorised as of national importance. In 2006–07 through to 2007–08 we expect to complete two national schemes, which collectively will deliver approximately 6.3 miles of road improvements to the network, and to have started works on eleven others. Expenditure on these roads beyond 2007–08 will be reviewed as part of the next Spending Review and announcements about spending levels beyond 2007–08 will be made after the conclusion of that review.
 
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Future expenditure on motorways and trunk roads categorised as of regional importance, and on roads which are the responsibility of Local Highway Authorities, will be reviewed in the light of the regions' advice on their priorities for major transport schemes within indicative Regional Funding Allocations, which we published in July 2004. The regions' advice is expected in January 2006. However, the Highways Agency is currently working to indicative budget allocations of £262 million in 2006–07 and £328 million in 2007–08 for major trunk road schemes on motorways and trunk roads categorised as of regional importance. In 2006–07 through to 2007–08 the Highways Agency expects to complete 17 regional schemes, which collectively will deliver approximately 58 miles of road improvements to the network, and to have started works on nine others.

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of roads for which his Department is responsible were closed for repairs in each year since 1997. [38449]

Dr. Ladyman: The information is not available in the form requested. The Highways Agency is charged with making motorway and trunk road lanes available to traffic. Their records show that over the last six years they have kept an average of 98.8 per cent. of those lanes free from roadworks.

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of new roads for which his Department is responsible have been built in each year since 1997, broken down by category of road. [38452]

Dr. Ladyman: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 27 June 2005, Official Report, columns 1263–66W, for the information up to June 2005. The schemes completed on the trunk road network in England, since June 2005, and their approximate lengths are shown in the following tables:
All-purpose trunk roadScheme descriptionDate of completionLength (miles)
A5Weeford to Fazeley ImprovementOctober 20053.1
A47Thorney BypassDecember 20053.3
Total6.4

MotorwayScheme descriptionDate of completionLength (miles)
A1(M)Wetherby to WalshfordAugust 20053.7
M5J17-J18A Northbound Climbing
Lane (Hallen Hill)
October 20051.4
M4J18 Eastbound DivergeNovember 20051.5
M25J12-J15 WideningDecember 20056.9
Total13.5

Ships (Piracy)

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many UK registered ships have (a) reported and (b) been subjected to (i) acts and (ii) attempted acts of piracy in each of the last four financial years. [38297]

Dr. Ladyman: The Government do not collate piracy statistics according to financial year but on a calendar year basis, similar to that of the IMO and International
 
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Maritime Bureau. The answer to parts (a) and (b) are essentially the same, as UK ships only report piracy incidents to the UK if they have been involved in an incident. The number of UK registered ships that have reported and been subjected to an act or attempted act of piracy for the last four calendar years is as follows:
Piracy attack

ActualAttemptedTotal
2005(5)314
2004167
2003426
2002202


(5)January to September.


This data is taken from the International Maritime Bureau's quarterly piracy and armed robbery reports against ships. These figures tend to provide a more accurate record than those provided by the IMO. The figures include ships attacked both on the high seas (true piracy) and ships attacked within territorial waters, classed as maritime robbery.


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