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Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of maintaining his main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there were to the site in each of the last 12 months. 
In the period of the last financial year (200405) the total number of unique visitors was 1,302,712 with a total number of visits of 2,842,657. The cost per visit over the same period was therefore 0.1 pence.
Ms Buck: Decisions on Railways for All funding relating to stations in Scotland will be a matter for Scottish Ministers and we are working closely with Transport Scotland, the new national transport agency. We propose to publish shortly the final Railways for All strategy, which will include details of how the funding will be targeted.
Derek Twigg: Cross Country is the main operator of cross border rail services at Lockerbie railway station at present. The specification for the new Cross Country franchise is currently being developed and the needs of Lockerbie will be one of the factors to be taken into account. We expect to consult on the specification in the summer of 2006.
Mr. Pelling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which commuting service into London had the highest passengers in excess of capacity level in the last year for which figures are available. 
|Time||From||To||Train operator||Arrive||Train capacity||Passengers||PIXC|
|07:40||Ashford||London Victoria||South Eastern Trains||09:28||266||466||200|
|18:09||London Bridge||Beckenham Junction||Southern||18:44||205||286||81|
|17:50||London Bridge||Rochester||South Eastern Trains||18:51||420||586||166|
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will meet the Mayor of London and raise the renegotiation of the public-private partnership deal for the London Underground; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 26 January, PQ 44701, if he will break down the figure of £350 million for the provision of off-peak bus travel into main cost areas and provide the assumptions which underlay the calculation of each such area. 
Ms Buck: The £350 million was based on analysis which estimated the overall costs, in 200203 prices, at £250 million of moving from existing provision. An additional £100 million was added to allow for the reimbursement of authorities already offering free off-peak local bus travel (e.g. London, Merseytravel and Centro (the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive), inflation, and to act as a contingency for the uncertainty of the additional take-up.
I meet the health and safety executive's an a regular basis to review safety issues including level crossing safety. I have at present no plans to visit Benfleet station. It is for HSE's HM Railways Inspectorate (HMRI) to assess whether Network Rail is controlling the risks at the two un-staffed pedestrian crossings at Benfleet station. I have asked the appropriate HMRI representative to contact the hon. Member to see how best to deal with your concerns.
Network Rail seeks to close crossings where viable alternatives exist which are acceptable to local residents and crossing users. Level crossing safety is governed by a legislative framework that facilitates the efficient management of level crossing risk and includes powers to ensure adequate protective measures are put in place. As part of this legislative framework, HSE's HM Railways Inspectorate, on behalf of the Secretary of State ensure on a case-by-case basis that individual level crossings are compliant with the legislation and thereby ensure that essential safety standards are being met.
Mr. Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much in Government grants was allocated for subsidies to public transport per head of population in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) North Yorkshire in 200506. 
|(a) West Yorkshire||17.40|
|(b) South Yorkshire||29.68|
|(c) North Yorkshire||18.40|
These figures include integrated transport block funding and major public transport scheme funding allocated through the Local Transport capital settlement, and expected spend on Department for Transport bus grants (Rural Bus Subsidy Grant and Bus Challenge). Figures can vary year on year, particularly on the amount allocated to major transport schemes.
The figures do not include local authority spend on public transport subsidy funded from Revenue Support Grant (that spend is not allocated by Government for use particularly on transport) or payments made direct to operators of Bus Service Operators Grant (that is not allocated on a geographical basis).
The figures do not include funding allocated for rail. Central Government supports rail services in the north of England through direct franchise payments (subsidies) to the Train Operating Companies (TOCs), but these allocations are not available on a local authority area basis. Further payments are also made to PTEs for the specific provision of rail services in their respective areas, but the total subsidy figures will not be known until the end of 200506.
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