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Reported personal injury road accidents which resulted in injury (serious or slight) or death on the A59 and M6 in Lancashire county council, 1997 to 2006
Number of accidents
A59 M6
Non-fatal injury accidents Fatal accidents Non-fatal injury accidents Fatal accidents

1997

185

7

245

4

1998

163

3

214

6

1999

181

4

197

5

2000

170

2

165

3

2001

185

3

139

4

2002

168

2

165

1

2003

134

0

155

5

2004

162

2

194

3

2005

182

7

145

7

2006

159

5

154

2


Reported personal injury road accidents per 100 million vehicle kilometres which resulted in injury (serious or slight) and death on the A59 or M6 in Lancashire county council, 1997 to 2006
Number of accidents per 100 million vehicle kilometres
A59 M6
Non-fatal injury accidents Fatal accidents Non-fatal injury accidents Fatal accidents

1997

41.29

1.56

14.55

0.24

1998

36.12

0.66

12.09

0.34

1999

39.81

0.88

10.23

0.26

2000

39.32

0.46

9.30

0.17

2001

42.01

0.68

7.67

0.22

2002

39.15

0.47

8.59

0.05

2003

30.02

0.00

8.29

0.27

2004

34.90

0.43

9.47

0.15

2005

39.02

1.50

7.08

0.34

2006

33.76

1.06

7.44

0.10


Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road projects were (a) listed, (b) completed on time and (c) completed on budget in each of the last five Highways Agency business plans. [163228]

Mr. Tom Harris: The number of road projects (a) listed, (b) completed on time and (c) completed on budget in each of the last five Highways Agency Business Plans is listed in the following table. This information was previously supplied to the NAO and was used in their report on “Estimating and monitoring the costs of building roads in England” published in March 2007.

2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

(a) Number of projects listed in the business plan

57

68

91

89

79

Number of projects planned to complete in year of business plan

6

9

7

6

10

(b) Number of projects completed on time

6

8

7

6

10

(c) Number of projects completed within ministerially approved budgets

0

3

3

2

3

Number of projects completed within ministerially approved budgets +5 per cent.

0

6

4

2

4

Number of projects completed within ministerially approved budgets +10 per cent.

0

7

4

2

5


Roads: Tolls

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she will take to monitor and incentivise local authorities' compliance with the Disability Equality Duty when they develop and implement road user charging schemes. [175416]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department has published guidance that reminds local authorities of legislation to be taken
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into account when preparing road pricing schemes. This includes the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Disability Discrimination Act 2005. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has responsibility for enforcing the Disability Equality Duty and they can take legal action against public sector organisations that have not done as they are required.

Roads: Weymouth

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Government's plans are for the proposed Weymouth relief road; and if she will make a statement. [174381]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Dorset county council recently informed the Department that there has been an increase in the cost of the scheme. As a result, it will be necessary to undertake a re-appraisal of the scheme at the higher cost against the Department's value for money criteria. The council is now in the process of preparing an updated business case.

Rolling Stock

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the acceptable tolerances are for (a) the seat back angle and (b) amount of legroom of a railway carriage seat; and what the figures for each are for a seat on a Desiro 450 carriage. [175145]

Mr. Tom Harris: There is no specified acceptable tolerances for seat back angle or amount of legroom.

The Department does not hold the specific measurements for different rolling stock.

The seats on a Desiro 450 meet ATOC vehicle standard for vehicle interior crashworthiness (AV/ST 9001).

Severn Bridge: Tolls

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, column 605W, on Severn Bridge: Tolls, what the total revenue was from tolls on the Severn Bridges in each year since 1992. [173551]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The total revenue received from the Severn Bridges tolls, net of value added tax (VAT), is set out in the following table.

£ million

1992(1)

(1)21.991

1993

34.366

1994

39.197

1995

43.774

1996

47.155

1997

51.112

1998

55.241

1999

59.832

2000

60.996

2001

66.514

2002

70.544

2003

64.413

2004

66.371

2005

69.499

2006

72.008

(1 )The amount for 1992 is from the commencement of the Severn Bridges Concession on 26 April 1992.


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VAT was applied to the Severn Bridges tolls from the 1 February 2003.

The figure for 2007 is not yet available.

South West Trains: Rolling Stock

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2007, Official Report, column 857W, on ports, if she will place in the Library a full copy of the ergonomic study on the Desiro Class 450s rolling stock. [173240]

Mr. Tom Harris: South West Trains commissioned an independent ergonomic assessment of the seating design and layout of the Class 450 units.

The report findings are available on the South West Trains website.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 431W, who (a) commissioned and (b) financed the ergonomic study; whether (i) her Department and (ii) passengers were consulted as part of the study; and if she will make a statement. [175144]

Mr. Tom Harris: The ergonomic report was commissioned and financed by South West Trains in response to customer feedback with regard to Class 450 seating.

The Department and Passenger Focus were advised that the study was going to be undertaken.

South West Trains advise that no passengers were consulted as part of the ergonomic study.


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