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Official Cars: Standards

Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) advertised and (b) actual fuel consumption in (i) imperial and (ii) metric measures are of each main model of car used by the Government car service for Ministers. [208737]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Government Car and Despatch Agency's average fuel consumption figures for the main vehicles in its ministerial fleet areas are as follows:

Jaguar 2.7 V6 Diesel Vauxhall Vectra 1.9 CDTi 16v Toyota Prius Honda Civic 1.4 IMA ES

Urban (mpg)

26.0

29.7

65.7

54.3

Extra Urban (mpg)

43.7

52.3

67.3

65.7

Combined (mpg)

35.0

40.9

56.5

61.4

GCDA Average (mpg)

26.03

36.16

42.15

31.89

Urban (1/100km)

10.8

9.5

4.3

5.2

Extra Urban (1/100km)

6.5

5.4

4.2

4.3

Combined (1/100km)

8.1

6.9

5.0

4.6

GCDA Average (1/100km)

10.85

7.81

6.70

8.85


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Parking

Mr. Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what restrictions apply to a local authority in granting a commercial parking permit in a controlled parking zone. [208731]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Government do not impose restrictions on local authorities in respect of granting parking permits, either to individuals or classes of vehicle, on any part of the public highway.

Such matters are for local decision, and local authorities have powers under Section 45 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to issue permits to people or vehicles as specified in a Traffic Regulation Order; having regard to amenity and local conditions.

Ports: Wales

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers (a) entered and (b) left each port in Wales in the last 12 years; and what tonnage of (i) imports and (ii) exports there was from each port in each year. [209845]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The information requested has been placed in the Library of the House.

Railways: South East

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1120W, to the hon. Member for Lewes, on railways: South East, what guidance her Department has issued to Network Rail on the development of timetables to facilitate the delivery of the East London line extension and the construction of the Thameslink project; and if she will place in the Library a copy of such guidance. [209260]

Mr. Tom Harris: Network Rail has a requirement to develop a timetable to deliver the track access rights granted by the Office of Rail Regulation to Transport for London to facilitate the East London Line extension project phase 1, due to open in 2010. The Department has submitted no specific guidance to Network Rail in this regard.

Network Rail has recently developed the South London Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS). This study, developed with all members of the rail industry, has provided a forum for discussions from all parties about how the East London services should be implemented, including required changes to other services.

As part of the RUS process, Network Rail has assessed the possible timetable implications of platform reductions at London Bridge to facilitate the construction of the Thameslink scheme.

The South London RUS document is available on the Network Rail website:

Railways: Wales

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information her Department has on the estimated average journey time by rail from Cardiff to Bangor in each of the last 12 years. [209904]


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Mr. Tom Harris: The following was the average journey time by direct train service (Mondays to Fridays) from Cardiff to Bangor in each of the last 12 years (shown by date of National Rail timetable):

Timetable date Average journey time

May 2008 to December 2008

4 hours 28 minutes

December 2007 to May 2008

4 hours 28 minutes

May 2007 to December 2007

4 hours 28 minutes

December 2006 to May 2007

4 hours 27 minutes

June 2006 to December 2006

4 hours 29 minutes

December 2005 to June 2006

4 hours 29 minutes

June 2005 to December 2005

4 hours 24 minutes

December 2004 to June 2005

4 hours 25 minutes

May 2004 to December 2004

4 hours 26 minutes

September 2003 to May 2004

4 hours 24 minutes

May 2003 to September 2003

4 hours 26 minutes

September 2002 to May 2003

4 hours 26 minutes

June 2002 to September 2002

4 hours 13 minutes

September 2001 to June 2002

4 hours 9 minutes

May 2001 to September 2001

4 hours 17 minutes

September 2000 to May 2001

4 hours 9 minutes

May 2000 to September 2000

4 hours 14 minutes

September 1999 to May 2000

4 hours 13 minutes

May 1999 to September 1999

4 hours 13 minutes

September 1998 to May 1999

4 hours 15 minutes

May 1998 to September 1998

4 hours 14 minutes

September 1997 to May 1998

4 hours 16 minutes

June 1997 to September 1997

4 hours 20 minutes

September 1996 to June 1997

4 hours 22 minutes

June 1996 to September 1996

4 hours 22 minutes


Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding her Department has allocated which has been used for the rail network in Wales in each of the last 12 years. [209905]

Mr. Tom Harris: The Department does not hold the information requested. However HM Treasury produce analyses of public expenditure, including that spent on rail according to the country or region of the UK for whose benefit the expenditure has been incurred. This is published in the Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2008 (PESA) and is available on the HM Treasury website at

Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on the maintenance of trunk roads in the metropolitan borough of Rotherham in each year since 2000. [209226]

Mr. Tom Harris: It is estimated that in the metropolitan borough of Rotherham the Highways Agency (HA) spends approximately £560,000 per year on the M1 and M18 motorways on routine maintenance activities such as litter picking, grass cutting, winter maintenance, sweeping and routine inspections of the carriageways, safety fences and structures such as bridges and culverts.

There are no all-purpose trunk roads in the borough.


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As well as routine maintenance activities the following table shows the amount the HA spent on large scale maintenance on the M1 in the metropolitan borough of Rotherham since 2003. Due to a change of contractors in 2003, there is no data available between 2000 and 2003.

Spend on maintenance between 2000 - to date in the metropolitan borough of Rotherham
Scheme Spend (£)

2000-03

(1)

(1)

2003-04

0

2004-05

M1 Junction 32-33 bridge repairs

194,000

2005-06

0

2006-07

M1 Junction 32-33 road renewal £2.36 million and M1 Junction 31-32 Road renewal £0.62 million

2.98 million

2007-08

0

(1) No information available due to change of contractor.

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding has been provided to the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham for the purposes of highways maintenance in each year since 2000. [209227]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The funding support allocated to Rotherham metropolitan borough council by the Department for capital highway maintenance for each year since 2000 is shown in the following table. It is for Rotherham metropolitan borough council to decide how the funding is spent in line with their priorities.

Funding (£000)

1999-2000

1,102

2000-01

1,809

2001-02

3,124

2002-03

3,297

2003-04

2,473

2004-05

2,885

2005-06

2,291

2006-07

3,917

2007-08

2,009

2008-09

2,164

2009-10

2,188

2010-11

2,516


These sums include annual formulaic allocations, bid-based funding for certain exceptional schemes costing less than £5 million and capital repairs to detrunked roads.

Rotherham metropolitan borough council have also been allocated resource funding for maintenance of detrunked roads, set out as follows.

Funding (£000)

2008-09

145

2009-10

149

2010-11

152


The authority submitted a claim for emergency capital highway maintenance funding in relation to the summer 2007 floods and were allocated £102,000 in 2007-08.


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In addition, central funding support for services, including routine highways services, is provided by Communities and Local Government through the revenue support grant. This funding is not ringed fenced.


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