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Derek Twigg: The Department for Transport is investing around £87 million per week to improve the service that passengers receive when travelling by train. Improvements include improved reliability, new trains and faster journeys on many routes.
In addition, the Department regulates the price of certain fares, including commuter fares around London and other urban areas. In real terms these fares are now 3 percent. lower than in 1995, and the average annual increase in regulated fares is now limited to inflation+1 percent. On other routes, train operators compete with cars, coach companies and airlines and train operators will set fares on a commercial basis to attract passengers onto their services.
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Derek Twigg: The Government's spending plans for rail were originally set out in Transport Ten Year Plan document published in July 2000. These spending plans were updated in the Department for Transport Progress Report published December 2002.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State's statement to the House of 10 February 2005, Official Report, columns 9396WS, set out how the Department for Transport intends to allocate money on railways until April 2009.
Derek Twigg: The information is not held in the form requested. The number of vehicles on lease at the sale of the Rolling Stock Leasing Companies recorded in the invitation to tender in March 1995, was 10,401 vehicles. The number of vehicles on lease now is approximately 11,000 vehicles.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions railway officials have been required to refuse passengers access to a train because of overcrowding in each of the past three years. 
Derek Twigg: The Government places a requirement on rail operators to implement a range of security measures across the UK rail network. Following the attacks on 7 July the security response level across the UK rail network increased to its highest level resulting in a tightening of the existing security requirements. For security reasons it would be inappropriate to go into detail. We continue to look at what further practical security measures can be taken to protect transport targets.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2005, Official Report, column 895W, on railways, how
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much was paid to each train operating company for each management only contract; and with which company each contract was made; 
(2) pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2005, Official Report, column 895W, on railways, how many franchises he expects his Department to operate under management-only contracts in each year between 2005 and 2008. 
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Derek Twigg: The Department for Transport's latest published central projections for rail usage can be found in the paper the The Future of Transport: Modelling and Analysis" published on 21 March 2005, which is available on the Department's website. This shows rail passenger kilometres increasing by 33 percent. between 2000 and 2010, implying growth of around 3.5 percent. a year for the rest of the decade. From 2010 to 2025 the projection shows growth of 1.3 percent. a year.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the implications of the EU requirement that from 2010 EU member states must vary charges for lorries using the trans-European road network according to their Euro emissions class for plans for road user pricing schemes in Britain. 
Dr. Ladyman: The agreement on amending Directive 1999/62 on toll charges for goods vehicles will require that, where member states choose to apply tolls for heavy goods vehicles on the Trans-European Road Network, they must be differentiated according to their Euro emissions class.
The UK was able to accept this requirement as we consider that it can be readily assimilated into any road pricing arrangements that might be applied in the UK, and would have the benefit of providing an incentive for cleaner vehicles.
Ms Buck: Rural Bus Subsidy Grant (RBSG) is allocated to Local Transport Authorities in England on the basis of population numbers living in rural areas. The grant is used by authorities to provide new and enhanced rural bus services and other services to improve rural accessibility, for example demand responsive transport or taxibus services. Decisions on which services to support are a matter for each authority. The Department does not collect information on the particular towns served as a result of these decisions. However, monitoring returns for 200304 show that in that year RBSG was used to support a total of about 2,200 services on which over 29 million passenger journeys were made (data for 200405 is currently being collected).
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