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Driving: Crime

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what record is kept of motoring offences committed overseas by holders of United Kingdom driving licences. [214742]

Jim Fitzpatrick: There is no record held on the DVLA database of driving offences committed overseas by United Kingdom licence holders.

Heathrow Airport

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the likely effects on the profitability of the operator of Heathrow Airport of the volume of air traffic movements set out in the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation document. [209271]

Jim Fitzpatrick: No specific assessment has been made of the change in the profitability of the operator of Heathrow airport that would result from additional capacity at that airport.

The breakdown of benefits from additional airport capacity set out in the ‘Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport’ consultation document, between passengers, airport operators, Government, and wider effects, are reported in table 4.3 of ‘UK Air Passenger Demand and C02 Forecasts’. This is available at:

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The table reproduces the figures for the three consultation document options. The row entitled ‘Producers’ refers to the benefit attributed to airport operators for the purpose of strategic appraisal. This is based on the estimated change in the surplus of revenue over operating costs at all UK airports resulting from the additional capacity. The estimated costs of constructing a third runway and associated infrastructure at Heathrow airport are reported in the consultation document as £7 billion.

The impact on the operator of Heathrow airport’s profitability would also depend on any impacts on landing charges, and the regulatory regime, which would be a matter for the airport operator, airlines, and the CAA.

‘Adding Capacity at Heathrow’ consultation: breakdown of transport user benefits by option, £ billion, NPV, 2006 prices
Option One Two Three

Generated users




Existing users

Freight users














Delay reductions











‘—’ Means a non-zero impact is estimated, but the result rounds to nought at zero decimal places.
‘*’ Means no impact has been estimated.
Figures are rounded to zero decimal places.

Highways Agency: Planning

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many community projects are awaiting Highways Agency access criteria approval, broken down by local authority. [209264]

Mr. Tom Harris: At the present time there is one community project awaiting such approval. The Agency is working closely with Shrewsbury and Atcham borough council over the co-location of Shrewsbury College but has directed that this is not approved for the time being to allow for further details to be provided by the applicant.


Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the costs of (a) widening the M1 between junctions 10 and 13 and (b) deploying hard shoulder running on this stretch. [209066]

Mr. Tom Harris: We announced in March that we had asked the Highways Agency to investigate alternative options for adding capacity to the M1 between junctions 10 and 13, including hard shoulder running. This work is under way and due to be complete by the autumn. Cost estimates are subject to further work and validation as part of this process.

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Motorways: Road Works

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when she plans to make a decision on the uncompleted parts of the M1/M62 widening/improvements package; and what recent estimate she has made of the cost of this package; [209065]

(2) what estimate her Department has made of the costs of (a) widening the M6 between junctions 11a and 19 and (b) deploying hard shoulder running on this stretch; [209067]

(3) what estimate her Department has made of the costs of (a) widening uncompleted parts of the M1/M62 widening and improvement package and (b) deploying hard shoulder running in these areas. [209068]

Mr. Tom Harris: On 4 March 2008 the Secretary of State published the “Advanced Motorway Signalling and Traffic Management Feasibility Study”. She also announced that the Department for Transport and the Highways Agency would undertake additional detailed work examining managed motorway schemes for those areas identified in the feasibility study as being a high priority, including stretches of the M1, M6 and M62. This includes examining whether hard shoulder running could provide a better value for money solution for schemes which were previously planned as widenings, and this will include the production of cost estimates for these hard shoulder running schemes.

As part of this process, the cost estimates for the widening schemes following the Nichols Review are subject to further work and validation. This work is under way and due to be complete by the end of the year.

Official Cars

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will list those Ministers who have requested the use of official cars which have been manufactured in the UK in the last three years; and how many such requests were (a) met and (b) not met. [215748]

Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 2 July 2008]: The Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) provides ministerial cars and drivers in line with the “Ministerial Code”. In the last three years, GCDA has purchased 10 cars that were manufactured in the UK. Nine of these cars were for the use of Secretaries of State and one was for the use of a Minister outside the Cabinet.

Official Cars: Excise Duties

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 154W, on official cars: excise duties, which ministers use the band G vehicle. [215142]

Jim Fitzpatrick: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 7 March 2008, Official Report, column 2832W, given to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker).

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Olympic Games 2012: Manpower

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many members of staff within her Department are working on transport issues for the 2012 Olympic Games. [211414]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department for Transport has an Olympic division staffed by 2.75 full time equivalents who oversee the Department’s interests in the games. Across the Department a number of staff at all levels are contributing to work related to the games.

Public Safety Zones: Aircraft

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the most recent changes were made by the National Air Traffic Service to its procedures for modelling public safety zones for gliders; and for what reason such changes were made. [216279]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Public safety zones (PSZs) are implemented only at the busiest airports. Risk contours for each airport are based on forecasts on the number and type of aircraft movements.

NATS use a range of data types from generic categories, the aircraft type needs to be broken down by operation, this needs to be classified into categories, for example passenger and cargo.

Gliders do not fall into any of these categories and are not taken into account as they are not usually found at the busiest airports and so are not incorporated into airport forecasts when PSZs are modelled.

Railway Network

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many of the 25 light rail schemes envisaged in the Government’s Ten Year Plan for Transport have been delivered; [212614]

(2) how many miles of light rail line have been constructed since January 2000; and in what locations; [212615]

Mr. Tom Harris: The 10-year plan published in July 2000 set out indicative figures for the number of light rail schemes that might be delivered by 2010. This was neither a target nor a commitment for the Government. There are currently eight light rail and tramway systems in operation in England.

Over 45 miles of light rail lines have been constructed in England since 2000, as set out in the following table:

Name and location of system Route miles

Docklands Light Railway (London)—Extension to London City Airport


Tyne and Wear Metro (Newcastle)—Extension to Sunderland


Manchester Metrolink Phase 1 (Manchester)—Extension to Eccles


Croydon Tramlink (Croydon)—3 lines


Nottingham Express Transit (Nottingham)


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In addition, the Docklands Light Railway Extension to Woolwich Arsenal which commenced in June 2005 is expected to be complete in 2009.

In May 2008, we granted final approval with £244 million towards the £382 million cost to extend the Manchester Metrolink to Oldham, Rochdale and Chorlton. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive is also providing funding separately to a further extension to Droyslden. We also announced in June 2008 that we are prepared to invest £1.5 billion in support of a £2.8 billion package of measures for Greater Manchester to proceed with its bid under the Government’s Transport Innovation Fund. This package includes plans for up to a further 22 miles of extension to the Manchester Metrolink system.

We have also announced initial funding approval for two extensions for the Nottingham Express Transit and a scheme to refurbish the Blackpool and Fleetwood tram system.

The Department for Transport is currently considering further proposals to reinvigorate the existing Tyne and Wear Metro.

Roads: Accidents

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents were caused by newly-qualified drivers in each of the last two years for which figures are available. [215772]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The information requested is not available.

However, the Department recently published a research report on the experiences and attitudes of learner and new drivers, including their involvement in accidents. The research studies candidates who completed a postal survey after their practical driving test, and if they passed at six, 12, 24 and 36 months subsequently. The research found that the highest accident rates occurred in the first six months after passing the practical test. This rate was estimated to be equivalent to 0.44 accidents per year. The accident rate then dropped in the next six months to an equivalent of 0.24 accidents per year. The accident rates given include accidents involving low speed manoeuvring, for example in car parks and drives.

The full study is available at:

Rolling Stock: Consultants

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department had spent on consultancy fees on procurement of the 1,300 extra rail carriages contained in the High Level Output Statement programme at the latest date for which figures are available. [212611]

Mr. Tom Harris: Up to the end of May 2008 the Department has spent £518,000 on consultant’s fees for Pendolino carriages on the West Coast Main Line, and approximately £1.1 million on consultant’s fees for the procurement of new rolling stock on the Thameslink programme.

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Speed Limits: Signs and Markings

Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on the use of repeat or reminder speed limit signs. [216626]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The law relating to speed limit signs is contained in the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 (TSRGD). This states that repeater signs are required to be placed at regular intervals on all roads except street lit roads on which a 30 mph speed limit is in force and unlit roads on which the national speed limit is in force.

Local authorities are responsible for ensuring repeater signs are placed in accordance with TSRGD.

Transport: Mayor of London

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to have discussions with the Mayor of London on transport issues of shared responsibility. [211746]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Secretary of State will meet the new Mayor of London shortly to discuss transport issues affecting London.

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