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Railway Track

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport further to the answer of 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 20W, on railway track, which 13 properties BRBR have disposed of which contain disused railway lines. [174321]

Mr. Tom Harris: The locations of the properties in question, along with details of the purchaser are as follows.

Property Note

Awre (Gloucs)

Auction

Brize Norton

Sale to Sustrans

Cassington (Oxon)

Sale to Sustrans

Collyhurst (Manchester)

Auction

Cranmore

Sale to East Somerset Railway

Dalston (London)

Auction

Darite (Cornwall)

Sale to Sustrans

Greetland (W. Yorks)

Auction

Lechlade

Sale to Sustrans

Montrose

Auction

Paisley

Sale to adjoining owner

Sennybridge (Powys)

Auction

Ynysybwl (South Wales)

Sale to Sustrans


Railways: Reading

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the cost of electrification of the railway between Reading and Maidenhead. [174377]

Mr. Tom Harris: The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has carried out a study of the costs and benefits of electrification, including the Great Western Main Line. Although Reading to Maidenhead was not estimated separately, a cost in the order of £50-£70 million could be expected for this section of route on the basis of the rates used.


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Railways: Standards

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 430W, on railways: standards, how many passengers provided feedback to the ergonomic study relating to (a) medical matters and (b) comfort; and how the customer feedback was obtained. [175153]

Mr. Tom Harris: The ergonomic study was carried out by Stagecoach South Western Trains Ltd. The hon. Member should direct his inquiry to:

Roads: Accidents

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of road traffic accidents in West Chelmsford constituency resulted from (a) speeding, (b) excessive alcohol consumption and (c) drug abuse in each of the last three years. [174334]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The information requested is not available at constituency level.

Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to reduce the incidence of
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road deaths and serious injuries arising from road traffic accidents among young people in Cumbria. [175364]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Government announced in February, the intention fundamentally to review the driver testing and training system with the aim of improving the way driving is taught and assessed as part of the Government’s effort to reduce all road casualties. Work continues to inform this and we plan to consult publicly as soon as practicable.

The Department continues to campaign on road safety issues relevant to young drivers. For example, we are running a Christmas drink-driving campaign based on new material launched this summer and we have revived an influential rear seat belt wearing TV commercial.

Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents there were (a) in total and (b) involving road freight on the (i) M1, (ii) M2, (iii) M6, (iv) M20, (v) M25, (vi) M60, (vii) M62, (viii) A14 and (ix) A1(M) in each of the last five years. [175484]

Mr. Tom Harris: The total number of road traffic accidents including the number involving road freight is not available.

The total number of road traffic accidents that have resulted in personal injury (PIAs) in each of the last five years and the number involving at least one heavy goods vehicle (HGV), that is a vehicle over 3.5 tonnes gross weight, on the M1, M2, M6, M20, M25, M60, M62, A1(M), A1, and A14 are shown in the following tables.

All PIA accidents
Road M1 M2 M6 M20 M25 M60 M62 A1(M) A1 A14 Total

2002

1,430

69

1,058

180

1,227

239

411

219

826

400

6,059

2003

1,403

91

993

189

1,136

233

482

189

838

383

5,937

2004

1,351

104

1,122

203

1,239

245

433

158

823

402

6,080

2005

1,333

90

1017

207

1,254

221

431

201

757

383

5,894

2006

1,146

89

961

210

1,083

245

411

282

680

334

5,441

Total

6,663

443

5,151

989

5,939

1,183

2,168

1,049

3,924

1,902

29,411


HGV PIA accidents
Road M1 M2 M6 M20 M25 M60 M62 A1(M) A1 A14 Total

2002

427

10

325

70

431

51

113

68

205

145

1,845

2003

387

21

349

81

417

74

140

55

179

121

1,824

2004

407

23

406

99

426

56

150

41

190

142

1,940

2005

386

13

361

68

479

59

107

51

160

141

1,825

2006

356

13

351

74

397

67

108

63

136

121

1,686

Total

1,963

80

1,792

392

2,150

307

618

278

870

670

9,120


Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents involving (a) cyclists, (b) pedestrians and (c) road freight occurred in England in each of the last five years, broken down by police authority area. [175486]

Jim Fitzpatrick: A table showing the number of reported personal injury road accidents involving (a) cyclists, (b) pedestrians and (c) goods vehicles that occurred in England in each of the last five years, broken down by police force area has been deposited in the Libraries of the House.

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents there were involving Class 3 vehicles in each year since 2000. [175504]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport does not currently collect national data on the number of
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accidents involving class 3 vehicles. However, in 2006, the Department published research into the use of class two and three mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs. Based on the evidence gathered, the Department does not believe that class 3 vehicles have a significant impact upon road safety at this point in time but continues to monitor the situation.


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