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Derek Twigg: There have been no changes to legislation or guidance. The review considered the fares regulation policy contained in the franchise agreements between the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) and train
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operators. Franchise agreements were changed with effect from January 2004 to reflect the new fares policy.

Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what improvements to train services are proposed as part of (a) the West Midlands franchise from 2007 and (b) the 2008 timetable following increased capacity at Milton Keynes in terms of reinstatement of direct Milton Keynes to Birmingham services in addition to inter-city services. [81950]

Derek Twigg: From November 2007, when the West Midlands franchise commences, there will be no changes to the existing overall pattern of services between Milton Keynes and Birmingham. There will be an hourly direct inter-city service but no regular direct “local” West Midlands franchise service via Northampton.

Network Rail is currently undertaking the detailed development of the December 2008 timetable. From this date, as set out in the West Coast Main Line Strategy, there will continue to be an hourly direct inter-city service between Milton Keynes and Birmingham. It is also possible that certain local London-Northampton and Northampton-Birmingham services to be operated by the West Midlands franchise may be linked at Northampton, thus providing additional direct services between Milton Keynes and Birmingham. However, this cannot be confirmed until Network Rail’s timetable development work is completed later in 2006.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress towards a new high speed railway link between England and Scotland. [84518]

Derek Twigg: The Government made a manifesto commitment to look at the feasibility and affordability of a new north-south high-speed link. The Government have committed to take this forward in the development of a long term strategy for the railways, drawing on Sir Rod Eddington’s advice on the long-term impact of transport decisions on the UK’s productivity, stability and growth. This work will report when the rail strategy is published in summer 2007.

Fares Policy

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last discussed fares policy with First Great Western; and if he will intervene to seek a review of this policy. [83265]

Derek Twigg: The Department has regular discussions with First Great Western about a range of issues. First Great Western is subject to the Department for Transport’s standard fares policy in respect of regulated fares. Unregulated fares are a matter for First Great Western.


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Road Traffic Accidents

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) road traffic accidents, (b) road traffic fatalities, (c) accidents involving motorcyclists, (d) fatalities involving motorcyclists, (e) accidents involving bicyclists and (f) fatalities involving bicyclists there were in (i) Hampshire, (ii) Southampton, (iii) Portsmouth and (iv) Eastleigh in each year since 1990. [84343]

Dr. Ladyman: The total number of personal injury road accidents, the number of personal injury accidents involving a two wheeled motor vehicle (TWMV), and the number of personal injury accidents involving cyclists reported to the police, as well as the resulting fatalities for (i) county of Hampshire, (ii) Southampton, (iii) Portsmouth and (iv) Eastleigh from 1990 to 2005 are given in the following tables.

Table (i): accidents and fatalities in the county of Hampshire: 1990-2004
Accidents involving TWMV Accidents involving pedal cyclists
Total number accidents (a) Fatalities (b) Total number accidents (c) Total fatalities( 1) (d) Total number accidents (e) Total fatalities( 2) (f)

1990

7,481

176

1,407

17

1,071

9

1991

6,715

104

1,125

24

1,011

9

1992

6,643

101

994

17

977

10

1993

6,692

109

949

25

997

4

1994

6,761

80

860

17

1,053

10

1995

6,834

77

855

11

1,053

4

1996

7,176

91

857

18

1,046

6

1997

7,104

74

870

15

990

5

1998

6,856

76

856

22

937

8

1999

6,776

95

923

18

972

7

2000

6,850

84

932

21

858

2

2001

6,430

68

948

16

724

3

2002

6,377

91

1,031

21

663

8

2003

6,095

100

1,012

33

721

3

2004

5,624

60

838

10

682

6

2005

5,326

84

811

19

635

7


Table (ii): accidents and fatalities in Southampton unitary authority: 1990-2004
Accidents Involving TWMV Accidents involving pedal cyclists
Total number accidents (a) Fatalities (b) Total number accidents (c) Total fatalities( 1) (d) Total number accidents (e) Total fatalities( 2) (f)

1990

979

18

172

4

160

0

1991

885

14

155

5

126

3

1992

881

10

143

2

139

2

1993

897

16

141

3

136

2

1994

901

4

113

3

173

1

1995

953

2

116

0

179

0

1996

968

8

137

2

145

0

1997

916

6

113

0

151

2

1998

930

5

104

2

162

1

1999

877

12

115

2

141

2

2000

870

7

117

4

117

1

2001

886

4

145

1

131

1

2002

828

9

150

5

102

0

2003

838

6

133

3

126

1

2004

826

2

166

0

102

0

2005

731

4

131

1

92

0


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