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Paul Clark: The Department for Transport does not hold data on the total number of cars broken down on the M25 in the last five years. This is because many individuals who break down make their own private recovery or repair arrangements using direct contact by mobile telephone and these are not recorded by the Highways Agency.
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Paul Clark: The Highways Agency has estimated the annual cost of cleaning the M25 motorway in the financial year 2007-08 as £1.272 million. Data are not collated or held in a format which provides a breakdown of costs for the cleaning of individual roads within the Highways Agency's Area 5 network. The figure for cleaning the M25 is therefore only an approximation based on the proportion of network to costs. The M25 forms just under half (49.92 per cent.) of the Area 5 network.
Paul Clark: Following the Advanced Motorway Signalling and Traffic Management Feasibility Study published in March 2008 the Secretary of State announced a programme of work to examine in detail where dynamic use of the hard shoulder should be implemented more widely to ease congestion and improve reliability on the network.
The M6 from junctions 10a (Wolverhampton) to 19 (Knutsford) is one of the areas being examined for potential roll-out of hard shoulder running. This detailed feasibility work is due to be complete by the end of the year and includes examining what improvements to existing junctions may also be necessary, although it does not at this stage consider the relocation of junctions. Decisions on the nature, priority and timing of improvements to the M6 and the need for any further investigation works, such as looking at relocating junctions, will be made following the conclusions of this work.
Paul Clark: The Highways Agency is currently assessing options for the provision of a new link from the M54 to the M6 (northbound) and the M6 toll. The way forward for this scheme will be reviewed once the results of the options assessment work are known, which is expected to be in early 2009.
Paul Clark: The Highways Agency has indicated that tests are currently under way between junctions 13 and 14 of the M6 to identify when the next major resurfacing scheme will be required, although this is unlikely to be within the next three years.
Following recent spending reviews, the Government decided that resurfacing schemes should not be brought forward ahead of normal maintenance needs. When resurfacing is carried out, general policy is to use materials with low noise properties wherever possible.
Mr. Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains per week on the Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Airport line did not make a scheduled stop at (a) intermediate stations and (b) Burnage station due to the service recovery protocol in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Paul Clark: During rail industry period 6 (17 August 2008 to 13 September 2008), a total of five trains were recorded as not having called at intermediate stations between Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly as a result of service recovery incidents. The Department for Transport does not hold centrally the number of trains failing to call at individual stations.
Paul Clark: The Highways Agency does not separately record or report the cost of resurfacing motorways. However, the annual accounts for the HA over the past five years has reported the following in terms of expenditure on maintenance.
The expenditure figures provided are for maintenance on the strategic road network managed and maintained by the Highways Agency. This includes renewal of the road surface and repairs to structures, as well as routine maintenance such as gully clearing, white lining, cleaning and winter maintenance, but not those associated with our Private Finance Initiative contracts.
James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by her Department has (i) amended and (ii) enhanced existing powers of entry since May 1997. 
In March 2008, the Secretary of State for Transport invited Network Rail to examine options for supporting further growth in the longer term, which might include new lines. Network Rail's new lines study is due to be completed in summer 2009.
But we are never complacent about issues that affect rail passengers. The previous Secretary of State for Transport asked Passenger Focus to address how well the current system of fares and ticketing meets passenger expectations so that we can consider options for further improvements. That process is under way.
Paul Clark [holding answer 13 October 2008]: The upgrade of Milton Keynes Central station, including the track and associated signalling, is due to be completed over the Christmas and new year period 2008.
Paul Clark [holding answer 13 October 2008]: With the introduction of new timetables on the West Coast Main Line, there will be an additional hourly service, provided by Virgin Trains, between London and Chester, which will call at Milton Keynes Central.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) potential and (b) actual capacity for commuters has been created at Milton Keynes Central train station by the recent works. 
Paul Clark [holding answer 13 October 2008]: An opportunity exists to increase commuter services between Milton Keynes Central and London as a result of the work now being completed on the West Coast Main Line. Up to two such trains an hour could operate on the fast lines, if additional 125 mile/hour trains are available and demand increases to justify such an investment.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what capacity for non-stopping trains will be created at Milton Keynes Central by the recent works; and how many trains per hour this represents. 
Paul Clark [holding answer 13 October 2008]: The new layout at Milton Keynes Central station, with an extra line and additional platform capacity, provides for the operation of up to four additional fast trains an hour.
Paul Clark [holding answer 13 October 2008]: The process for appointing a new chairman of the Office of Rail Regulation is already under way. It is hoped that the new chairman could be in place by July 2009, with a transition period beginning in April 2009.
Paul Clark: This 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 questions:
90 York Way
London, N1 9AG.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money the Government provided for scholar discounts for train tickets for young people attending schools in Cambridge via First Capital Connect and WAGN in each of the last three years. 
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