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Departments: Telephone Services

Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many telephone helplines are sponsored by his Department with the prefix (a) 0870 and (b) 0845; and whether alternative geographic numbers are available in each case. [138489]

Gillian Merron: The requested details on 0870 and 0845 telephone helplines in the Department for Transport are as follows:


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Number of 0845 and 0870 helplines Services accessed from each Whether alternative geographic numbers available

Department for Transport (Central)

0

DVLA

(1)17

Information services, automated self services, technical helpdesks, reporting unlicensed vehicles

No, apart from one general switchboard for public use

DSA

(1)4

All related to practical and theory driving test bookings

No

HA

(2)4

HA information line and central switchboard traffic England phone service and publications

Only the 0845 lines have corresponding 0121 numbers

MCA

(1)1

MCA Infoline

No

VGA

0

VOSA

(3)3

Public hotline, operator licence credit card payment and national number

All also have geographical numbers available as contact numbers

GCDA

0

(1) All 0870.
(2) Two are 0845 and two are 0870.
(3) One is 0845 and two are 0870.

Fares: Technology

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 9 May 2007, Official Report, column 194W, on fares: technology, when he expects to complete the consultation and discussions with suppliers. [138512]

Gillian Merron: We anticipate that we will complete the consultation and discussions with suppliers in August.

Galileo Project

Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his latest estimate is of the (a) final costs and (b) completion date of the Galileo satellite system. [138751]

Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 22 May 2007]: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Crewe and Nantwich (Mrs. Dunwoody) on 23 May 2007, Official Report, columns 1353-54W.

Galileo Project: Armed Forces

Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his latest estimate is of the number of military users there will be of the Galileo satellite system. [138750]

Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 22 May 2007]: Galileo remains a civil programme under civil control. This has repeatedly been confirmed by the EU Transport Council; most recently in its October 2006 Council Conclusions. Therefore, no such assessment has been made. However, Galileo’s open service, like that of GPS, can be accessed by all and therefore could be used by military forces.

Great Western Trains: Suicide

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) attempts at and (b) acts of suicide took place on the First Great Western rail network in the West Country in the last (i) 12, (ii) 24 and (iii) 36 months; and if he will make a statement. [138821]

Mr. Tom Harris: This information is not held by the Department for Transport but by the British Transport Police who can be contacted at: British Transport Police, 25 Camden Road, London NW1 9LN, e-mail:

Liverpool Lime Street Station: Repairs and Maintenance

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he expects the planned improvements to Liverpool Lime Street railway station to be completed by the end of 2007; and if he will make a statement. [138989]

Mr. Tom Harris: Yes. Work being undertaken to provide for improvements to Liverpool Lime Street station, funded by Merseytravel Passenger Transport Executive (Merseytravel) and delivered by Network Rail, is due for completion before the end of 2007.

Motorcycles: Accidents

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were (a) killed and (b) seriously injured when riding a mini moto with 50 cc or less capacity in each year since 1997. [139718]

Dr. Ladyman: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 9 October 2006, Official Report, column 248W.

Motorcycles: Speed Limits

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what regulations apply to the provision of speedometers on motorcycles registered for use on public roads in the UK. [139645]

Dr. Ladyman: Regulations 35 and 36 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, EC Directive 2000/7/EC and UN-ECE Regulation 39 are the regulations which apply to the provision of speedometers on motorcycles registered for use on public roads in Great Britain.

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether speedometers fitted to motorcycles registered for use on public roads in the UK must be furnished with markings indicating speed in miles per hour; and whether provision must be made for those markings to be properly lit so as to be visible when the machines are driven during the hours of darkness and in low-light conditions. [139646]


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Dr. Ladyman: Regulation 35 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, as amended requires that motorcycles first used on or after 1 April 1984 shall be fitted with a speedometer which is capable of showing speed in both miles per hour and kilometres per hour, either simultaneously or by the operation of a switch.

Speedometers on vehicles must also meet either the requirements of EC Directive 2007/7/EC and UN-ECE Regulation 39 or be approved to meet the requirements of the Motor Cycles Etc (Single Vehicle Approval) Regulations 2003. These regulations require that the speedometer display must be clearly legible both by day and by night.

National Roads Telecommunications Services Project

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) purpose and (b) budget is of the National Roads Telecommunications Services Project. [137708]

Dr. Ladyman: The Highways Agency's national telecommunications network has reached the end of its useful life, is costly to maintain, needs modernising and has insufficient capacity to meet its future known requirements. The National Roads Telecommunications Project (NRTS) has been developed to remedy this.

The existing networks transmit messages between the Agency's regional control centres and 14,000 devices on the roadside such as CCTV cameras and variable messages signs. The 32 networks have been built over the last thirty years to the Agency's bespoke designs. The NRTS project is to upgrade those existing transmission networks and to combine them into one. As well as providing additional capacity, the new digital network provides resilience: using internet technology, messages will automatically re-route following any break in the network. The new technology is freely available in the market-place, making it easier to maintain.

An end-to-end capability across the whole of England gives the network operator single point responsibility and a 10-year contract incentivises him to consider the whole life costs and to consider the whole of the network when planning improvements .

The committed cost is £490 million.

Railways: Hampshire

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was of (a) peak and (b) off peak (i) daily, (ii) return, (iii) weekly, (iv) monthly and (v) yearly tickets for an adult travelling between (A) Portsmouth and Waterloo via Eastleigh and (B) Southampton and Waterloo in each year since 1997. [138787]

Mr. Tom Harris: The Department does not have this information for each year since 1997. The following information is for January 2003, 2005, 2006, and January and May 2007.


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Portsmouth-Waterloo via Eastleigh
£
As at January: 2003 2005 2006 2007 2007

Standard Day Single

20.40

22.10

23.00

24.00

24.00

Standard Day Return

39.10

42.30

44.00

46.80

46.80

Super-off-peak Return

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

26.00

Cheap Day Return

21.10

22.80

23.90

25.20

28.70

Standard Weekly Season Ticket

76.70

83.10

87.30

91.10

91.10

Standard Monthly Season Ticket

294.60

319.20

335.30

349.90

349.90

Standard Annual Season Ticket

3,068.00

3,324.00

3,492.00

3,644.00

3,644.00


Southampton-Waterloo
£
As at January : 2003 2005 2006 2007 2007

Standard Day Single

23.30

25.30

26.30

27.40

27.40

Standard Day Return

42.90

46.50

48.30

51.40

51.40

Super-off-peak Return

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

28.00

Cheap Day Return

22.70

24.60

25.80

27.20

34.60

Standard Weekly Season Ticket

83.30

90.20

94.70

98.80

98.80

Standard Monthly Season Ticket

319.90

346.40

363.70

379.40

379.40

Standard Annual Season Ticket

3,332.00

3,608.00

3,788.00

3,952.00

3,952.00


Railways: Milton Keynes

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage increase in (a) capacity and (b) seats on trains from Milton Keynes are expected to result from the introduction of the new platform at that station. [138607]

Mr. Tom Harris: The enlarged station at Milton Keynes Central station enables a 33 per cent. increase in the number of long-distance services compared with a situation if the station had not been improved. Seating capacity is also likely to increase by a similar percentage.

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals for a direct shuttle to Central Milton Keynes utilising the two spare hourly fast track slots once the new platform is complete. [138608]

Mr. Tom Harris: There will be no spare capacity on the fast lines between Milton Keynes and London Euston, to provide the service sought by the hon. Member.


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