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|Adding Capacity at Heathrow consultation: breakdown of transport user benefits by option, NPV, 2006 prices( 1)|
|(1 )Figures are rounded to zero decimal places|
(2) Means a non-zero impact is estimated, but the result rounds to nought at zero decimal places
(3 )Means no impact has been estimated
The current approach to estimating producer benefits does not take into account benefits to airlines of additional capacity over and above the welfare benefits to their passengers. However, the Delay reductions row includes benefits of reduced delay costs to airlines due to additional capacity.
Mr. Tom Harris: Network Rail has assessed the capacity of the Hope Valley railway line in its Freight Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS), published in 2007. The strategy set out a detailed analysis of freight issues, requirements and proposals for accommodating growth. The Freight RUS identified, over the next 10 years, a possible need for extra capacity on the Hope Valley route between Sheffield and Manchester arising from a forecast growth in aggregate and construction materials originating in this area.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2008, Official Report, column 2758W, on intercity express: consultants, how much of the £7.9 million spent by her Department on the project was incurred directly as a result of the Department taking the lead in developing the specification. 
Mr. Tom Harris
[holding answer 14 March 2008]: The majority of these costs arise directly as a result of the Department leading the specification and procurement of the Intercity Express Programme (IEP)
since 2005, and in working closely with industry to make sure that the Intercity Express Programme offers best value for money and benefits to passengers and taxpayers when compared to other options.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department will be required to pay the bid costs for consortia which have bid for the £5 billion M25 contract if her Department decides not to continue with the M25 widening projects. 
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans to make an announcement on remedial capital works in respect of junction 30 of the M25 motorway; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Tom Harris: The Highways Agency is liaising with the promoter of the London Gateway Port and Business Park Development (Shell haven) on proposed measures at M25 Junction 30 to mitigate traffic generated by the development proposal. The timing of delivery of these measures is linked to a trigger of development either from the proposed port and/or business park.
Additionally the Highways Agency is currently working with stakeholders and other partners in the Thames Gateway South Essex region to investigate solutions for possible improvements to relieving congestion affecting strategic traffic movements at junctions 30/31 and along the A13 trunk road. By autumn 2008 we aim to have identified options that we will take forward in preparation for further consultation in 2009.
Any preferred solution identified will complement those which are being proposed by the promoter of the London Gateway Port and Business Park Development and will also need to complement other transport measures such as enhanced public transport to help alleviate congestion at the junctions.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 199W, on motor vehicles: excise duties, if she will provide the relevant data for each local authority in England. 
Dr. Ladyman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in implementing a quick change moveable barrier solution for phase 1 of Operation Stack on the M20; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Tom Harris: The concrete barrier and barrier transfer machine are currently being procured, and will be available by the end of March 2008. The design for the civil engineering work to enable the quick movable barrier to operate on the M20 is complete, and a contractor has been appointed for construction which will take about 11 weeks.
As the start of the civil engineering work is dependent upon the completion of statutory environmental procedures, an accurate start date for the works cannot yet be confirmed. However, the estimated completion date is summer this year.
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 14 March 2008]: The Government, transport industry, local authorities and others are investing in and undertaking wide-ranging initiatives to tackle antisocial behaviour committed on public transport. These include staffing initiatives, staff training, awareness raising in schools, and CCTV surveillance. There is also a range of legal measures available to transport operators to deal with antisocial behaviour.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which railways stations have been upgraded in each region in each of the last 10 years; what the cost to the public purse was of such upgrades; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Tom Harris: These are operational matters for Network Rail, as the owner and operator of the national rail network. The hon. Member should contact Network Rails chief executive at the following address for a response to his questions.
40 Melton Street
London NW1 2EE
However, a study for the Strategic Rail Authority in 2005 identified that approximately 50 per cent. of stations do not provide step-free access, while 61 per cent. would benefit from new or improved customer information systems.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for each (a) line and (b) station on the rail network which has reopened since 1980, what the (i) projected annual passenger numbers were prior to reopening and (ii) passenger numbers were (A) in the first year after reopening (B) five years after reopening and (C) 10 years after reopening. 
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many drink-related crimes were recorded as occurring on trains in the national rail system in each of the last 10 years, broken down by area; 
(2) how many crimes were recorded which involved (a) an assault and (b) a threatened assault by a passenger on a staff member on trains in the national rail system in each of the last 10 years, broken down by British Transport Police area; 
Mr. Tom Harris: None of this information is 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: email@example.com
Mr. Tom Harris: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) maintains a register of all fares and publishes this as part of National Rail Trends. It includes a category for Standard class regulated fares for London and South East operatorsthe nearest proxy for commuter fares to London. This publication is available from the ORR website:
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many daily train paths will be available to freight traffic on the high-speed line through Kent once high-speed domestic services have begun. 
Mr. Tom Harris: There will be spare paths available on High Speed 1 when the high-speed domestic services commence next year. The precise number of paths available to freight and further passenger services will become clearer when the timetable for the high-speed domestic services is finalised. To run their services, open-access freight operators will have to apply to Network Rail (CTRL) Limited which is acting as the independent allocation and charging body for High Speed 1.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the passenger in excess of capacity figure was for each eligible recorded service in each year between 1997 and 2007, broken down by train operating company. 
Mr. Tom Harris: The information requested is currently published annually in aggregated form by the Office for Rail Regulation (ORR) within its National Rail Trends Yearbook and is available on the ORR website at:
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