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Motorways

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated construction cost is of the (a) M25 and (b) M1 widening Design Build Finance and Operate contracts; what the expected total cost of each contract is to public funds; and by what year all such costs are expected to have been paid in each case. [99134]

Dr. Ladyman: On current assumptions of scope, design, operation and inflation, both widening schemes have an approximate capital estimate of £2 billion, but this is subject to change as the full details of the schemes are finalised.


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The overall M25 DBFO contract value is estimated at £5 billion. This will be spread over the 30-year contract life with completion expected in 2039.

The procurement strategy for the M1 widening between junctions 21 and 30 is currently under review but the working assumption is that it will now be procured as a series of early contractor involvement contracts. The project will be delivered in two parts with completion expected in 2014.

Nuclear Materials

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has held since July with Direct Rail Services on security arrangements for the transport of (a) irradiated spent nuclear fuel and (b) other nuclear materials. [100080]

Malcolm Wicks: I have been asked to reply.

The security arrangements for the transport of civil nuclear material are kept under regular review by the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS). This involves regular discussion with carriers of nuclear material concerning all aspects of compliance with the Nuclear Industries Security Regulations 2003 (NISR). DTI officials have therefore had many discussions with Direct Rail Services since July, as would be expected. It is not Government policy to disclose details of these discussions.

Olympic Games

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the expected cost is of the Javelin rail service which will serve the Olympics. [99749]

Gillian Merron: As set out in the London 2012 Candidature File, the planned cost of the Olympic Javelin Shuttle service is approximately £9 million.

PFI Projects

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by his Department on private finance initiative projects postponed pending further consideration, or stopped, in the last 12 months. [96803]

Gillian Merron: The Department for Transport has not stopped or postponed any private finance initiative projects in the last 12 months.

Railways

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes were made to the new Cross Country Railway Franchise proposals following the consultation procedure that closed on 7 August. [99978]

Mr. Tom Harris: The specific changes are set out in the New Cross Country franchise Stakeholder Briefing Document published on 31 October 2006. This is available on the DfT website as follows:

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many extra train services he expects
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between Birmingham New Street and Scotland as a result of the transfer of responsibility for that route from the Cross Country Franchise to the West Coast Franchise. [99979]

Mr. Tom Harris: There will be the same number of services operating between Birmingham New Street and Scotland, although the deployment of a standard tilting fleet, together with the West Coast Route Modernisation programme, will allow journey times to be improved from December 2008.

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which train service was the most overcrowded in each of the last five years. [99219]

Mr. Tom Harris: The Department has access to data covering Passengers in Excess of Capacity (PIXC), which applies to weekday commuter trains arriving in London between 07:00 and 09:59 and those departing London between 16:00 and 18:59.

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) publishes PIXC figures in its National Rail Trends publication; the version covering 2005 was published on 5 July 2006.

The document is on the internet at the following address, http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/upload/pdf/294.pdf, and has been made available in the Library of the House.

Data for the previous four years have been placed in the Libraries of the House.

The PIXC measure does not apply to rail and metro services within Passenger Transport Authorities in the UK and such information cannot be provided, due to the disproportionate cost in resource required to extract this in the format requested.

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the 10 most overcrowded train services were in each of the last six months. [99220]

Mr. Tom Harris: The Department has access to data covering Passengers in Excess of Capacity (PIXC), which applies to weekday commuter trains arriving in London between 07:00 and 09:59 and those departing London between 16:00 and 18:59. PIXC counts are carried out once a year, on a typical weekday during the autumn (when there are maximum loadings).

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) publishes PIXC figures in its National Rail Trends publication, the most recent version of which was published on 5 July 2006.

The document is on the internet at the following address, http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/upload/pdf/294.pdf, and has been made available in the Library of the House.

Recycling

Dr. Whitehead: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage the use of reused and recycled materials in capital procurement projects for which his Department is responsible. [98004]


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Gillian Merron: The Department’s procurement procedures are consistent with the Office of Government Commerce and DEFRA Joint Note on Environmental Issues in Purchasing and with EU Procurement legislation. This means that only where it is relevant to the subject matter of the contract may environmental aspects be incorporated. A blanket approach to using reused and recycled materials is therefore not permissible but guidance is made available to all staff to enable them to consider such issues at the outset and incorporate them where it is appropriate and relevant to do so.

The Department includes a clause in its standard conditions of contract that requires contractors to comply with the Department’s environmental policy, part of which is to “conserve energy, water and other resources and reduce waste”.

Examples of where the Department has utilised reused and recycled materials include:

Road Safety

Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) children and (b) pedestrians were (i) killed and (ii) seriously injured on roads in Barnet in each year since 1990. [100220]

Dr. Ladyman: Following are the reported casualty figures for the London borough of Barnet from 1990 to 2005 (inclusive), the latest date for which information is available.

(a) Child casualties aged 0 to 15 inclusive
Fatal Serious Total

1990

1

45

46

1991

1

41

42

1992

1

46

47

1993

1

32

33

1994

0

27

27

1995

0

35

35

1996

0

37

37

1997

0

25

25

1998

0

31

31

1999

0

32

32

2000

0

33

33

2001

1

27

28

2002

0

25

25

2003

0

25

25

2004

2

22

24

2005

2

20

22

Total

9

503

512


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(b) All pedestrian casualties
Fatal Serious Total

1990

11

119

130

1991

8

85

93

1992

8

77

85

1993

6

90

96

1994

2

60

62

1995

4

77

81

1996

3

75

78

1997

6

56

62

1998

5

64

69

1999

6

62

68

2000

6

64

70

2001

4

62

66

2002

5

59

64

2003

12

50

62

2004

5

50

55

2005

7

42

49

Total

98

1,092

1,190


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