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East Coast Railway Line: Electric Cables

Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times services on the (a) East Coast and (b) West Coast Main Line were disrupted as a result of damage to overhead wires in each of the last five years; where each incidence of damage occurred; and how long each disruption lasted. [192665]

Mr. Tom Harris: Information on the disruption of rail services is collected and processed by Network Rail. My hon. Friend may wish to contact Network Rail for this information at the following address:

Heathrow Airport: Local Authorities

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which local authorities have been consulted on proposals to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport. [191511]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The “Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport” consultation was widely advertised in local, London regional and national media, and all the consultation materials—including an online response facility—were available on our website. Any party with an interest had the opportunity to respond. In addition, my answer to the hon. Member for Putney (Justine Greening) on 17 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1412-13W, described the approach we adopted for distributing the consultation documents and the organisations to which documents were sent.

Leamside Line

Dr. Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the future of the Leamside line following the conclusion of the Rail Utilisation Strategy for the East Coast Main Line. [193370]

Mr. Tom Harris: The publication of the East Coast Main Line Route Utilisation Strategy by Network Rail at the end of February did not promote increased use of the Leamside line for the foreseeable future. The Secretary of State does not propose any further assessment.


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Lorries: Safety Measures

Mr. Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what discussions she has had with her European counterparts on ensuring that all newly-registered heavy goods vehicles after 10 October 2009 are fitted with retro-reflective markings; [192779]

(2) what assessment she has made of the effect that mandatory retro-reflective markings on all newly-registered heavy goods vehicles will have on accident rates involving heavy goods vehicles at night; [192780]

(3) what estimate she has made of the proportion of motor vehicles and trailers that will be fitted with retro-reflective markings by the end of (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011. [192781]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Following European and wider negotiations, we agreed to introduce new retro-reflective markings requirements for new trucks exceeding 7.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight (GVW) and new trailers exceeding 3.5 tonnes GVW by 10 October 2009. Implementation will be via our national lighting regulations and no further discussions with European counterparts are planned.

The markings are mainly expected to affect side or rear impact heavy vehicle incidents taking place in the dark and/or in poor visibility, where poor conspicuity would otherwise be a contributory factor. Estimates suggest that if all goods vehicles over 7.5 tonnes GVW and their trailers were fitted with these markings 10 fatal, 33 serious and 142 slight accidents per year might be mitigated or prevented; but this is likely to be an over-estimate for Great Britain, where such vehicles already benefit from various conspicuity aids.

We estimate that each year an additional 8.9 per cent. of the over 7.5 tonne GVW vehicle parc and their trailers will be fitted with the markings. Assuming all relevant new vehicles registered from October 2009 are so fitted we calculate that by the end of (a) 2009 approximately 2 per cent. of relevant vehicles will be marked, (b) 2010, 11 per cent. and (c) 2011, 20 per cent.

Motorways: Road Traffic Control

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects work to (a) commence and (b) conclude on the infrastructure for hard shoulder running on (i) the rest of the M42, (ii) the M6, (c) the M1 from East Midlands up to Leeds and (d) the M27 around Southampton. [192717]

Mr. Tom Harris: On 25 October 2007 the Secretary of State announced a £150 million scheme to install new traffic management measures, including hard shoulder running, on the motorways around Birmingham. This includes: the M6 between junctions 4 and 5, and 8 and 10a; the M42 between junctions 7 and 9; and the M40 from junction 16 to its junction with the M42. This scheme is expected to enter construction in 2009-10 and is scheduled for completion by summer 2011.

On 4 March 2008 the Secretary of State announced the results of the feasibility study into advance motorway signalling and traffic management. This highlighted routes where hard shoulder running could
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represent a high value transport solution, including parts of the M1, M6 and M27. The Department of Transport is now working to examine the practicality of installing more hard shoulder running on these routes in more detail. Schemes will be brought forward in due course, where they are the most appropriate solution for addressing identified transport problems and represent value for money.

Park and Ride Schemes: Olympic Games 2012

Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had on the provision of park and ride sites for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. [192716]

Mr. Tom Harris: Transport plans for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are being developed by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), and are discussed regularly with my officials. Park and ride forms an important part of those plans and the ODA estimate that up to 10 per cent. of spectators to the Olympic park will travel by park and ride. The ODA is in the process of assessing and acquiring suitable sites for park and ride operations. In addition, park and rail services will run from Ebbsfleet to Stratford International station.

Parliament Square: Accidents

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) males and (b) females, broken down by age group, were (i) slightly and (ii) seriously injured whilst (A) crossing the road and (B) taking part in a public demonstration in Parliament Square in each of the last five years for which information is available. [192612]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The number of (a) male pedestrians and (b) female pedestrians, in each age group who were slightly injured in reported personal injury road accidents whilst crossing the road in Parliament Square in 2002 to 2006 are shown in the table.

Number of slightly injured pedestrian casualties
Gender 0-15 16-59 60+ All

2002

Male

0

2

1

3

Female

0

2

0

2

2003

Male

0

0

0

0

Female

0

0

0

0

2004

Male

0

0

0

0

Female

0

0

0

0

2005

Male

0

0

0

0

Female

0

3

0

3

2006

Male

0

0

0

0

Female

0

0

0

0


In 2002, there was one seriously injured male pedestrian casualty, age unknown, resulting from a reported personal injury road accident while crossing the road in Parliament Square. There have been no further such casualties since 2002.

Information on the number of casualties resulting from taking part in a public demonstration in Parliament Square is not collected.


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Railways

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of (a) railway track and (b) road there are in each Government region; and if she will make a statement. [192435]

Mr. Tom Harris: The rail network track mileage total in each Government region is an operational matter for Network Rail as the owner and operator of the national rail network. The hon. Member should contact Network Rail’s Chief Executive at the following address for a response to his question:

The most recent figures available for road mileage by Government office region relate to 2006. These can be found in the following table.

Total road length (miles)

North East

10,100

North West

23,079

Yorkshire and the Humber

20,148

East Midlands

19,638

West Midlands

20,687

East England

24,905

London

9,275

South East

29,752

South West

31,369

Wales

21,311

Scotland

37,260


The road lengths provided are the total length of roads maintained by the Highways Agency, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government and local authorities. Private road lengths are not included.

The lengths are obtained using information from Ordnance Survey, Government offices and local authorities.

Railways: Greenwich

Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will use the revenue from recent fines imposed on Network Rail to extend platforms and upgrade the electricity supply on rail lines serving Eltham, Woolwich Arsenal and New Eltham. [192733]

Mr. Tom Harris: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 7 March 2008, Official Report, column 2832W.

Roads

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of potholes in roads maintained by the Highways Agency. [192167]


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Mr. Tom Harris: The Highways Agency works to standards designed to avoid potholes forming as far as is possible. Potholes identified during routine patrols are dealt with as quickly as possible. The number of potholes on the network at any one time is not recorded.

Roads: Accidents

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents were reported on (a) the A2 in Bexley borough, (b) the A20 in Bexley borough, (c) Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, (d) Okehampton Crescent, Welling, (e) Bourne Road, Bexley, (f) Gravel Hill, Bexley, (g) Upper Wickham Lane, Welling, (h) Knee Hill, Abbey Wood, (i) Park View Road, Bexleyheath, (j) Broadway, Bexleyheath, (k) Avenue Road, Bexleyheath, (l) Pickford Lane, Bexleyheath and (m) Long Lane, Bexleyheath in 2006-07. [193212]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The information requested is shown in the table:

Number of personal injury road accidents reported to the police by location: GB 2006
Accident location Number of accidents

(a) The A2 in Bexley borough

42

(b) The A20 in Bexley borough

19

(c) Brampton Road, Bexleyheath

5

(d) Okehampton Crescent, Welling

4

(e) Bourne Road, Bexley

7

(f) Gravel Hill, Bexley

8

(g) Upper Wickham Lane, Welling

9

(h) Knee Hill, Abbey Wood

4

(i) Park View Road, Bexleyheath

12

(j) Broadway, Bexleyheath

16

(k) Avenue Road, Bexleyheath

4

(l) Pickford Lane, Bexleyheath

7

(m) Long Lane, Bexleyheath

7

Source:
Transport for London

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