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Public Transport: Greater Manchester

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has for the funds previously earmarked for public transport improvement in Manchester as part of the Transport Innovation Fund bid. [250149]

Paul Clark: The funding previously earmarked for the Greater Manchester Congestion Transport Innovation Fund package will now be made available to other high quality TIF proposals.

Public Transport: Rural Areas

Sir Patrick Cormack: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what grants his Department and its predecessor provided to subsidise public transport in rural areas in England in (a) 2001, (b) 2005 and (c) 2008; and if he will make a statement. [250067] [Official Report, 1 April 2009, Vol. 490, c. 7MC.]

Paul Clark: The annual totals of grants paid to local authorities under the rural bus subsidy grant (RBSG) and rural bus challenge (RBC) schemes for the relevant financial years are shown in the following table.

£ million

RBSG RBC

2001-02

41.2

12.1

2005-06

53.0

12.3

2008-09(1)

(2)157.0

(3)2.0

(1) Paid to local authorities as part of their area-based grant.
(2) Allocation.
(3) Estimated.

In addition, local authorities support rural transport services using funds from the unhypothecated revenue support grant and local bus service operators, including those in rural areas, receive bus service operators grant from this Department.

Rural railways are funded as part of franchises covering both rural and urban areas or by grants to Network Rail which operates both rural and non rural railway. No separate figures are available for rural rail support.

Railway Stations: Parking

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will investigate car parking charge increases which have taken place over the last three years at railway station car parks; and if he will make a statement. [250152]

Paul Clark: There are no plans to investigate increases in station car parking charges, which are a matter either for Network Rail at its managed stations or for the relevant train operating company at the franchised stations.

Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department gives to rail maintenance companies with regard to (a) damage to highways and (b) disturbance to residents during anti-social hours, with particular reference to the West Coast Main Line at Hampton-in-Arden. [249644]

Paul Clark: This is an operational matter for Network Rail as the owner and operator of the national rail network. The hon. Member may consider contacting Network Rail's chief executive at the following address:

Railways: Subsidies

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been paid in subsidies from the public purse to the rail network in each financial year since privatisation. [250072]

Paul Clark: Historic Government support to the rail industry is published by the Office of Rail Regulation in National Rail Trends. Copies are available in the Library of the House and the data and accompanying notes are also available on the Office of Rail Regulation’s website at the following address:

Road Traffic Control

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department (a) has recently produced and (b) plans to produce for local authorities on their enforcement of box junction offences; and if he will make a statement. [250222]

Paul Clark: The enforcement of box junctions in London is carried out under legislation promoted by the relevant local authorities. The Secretary of State has, therefore, no specific powers under which to produce guidance. The remaining provisions in part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004—which include the power to enforce box junctions—will be brought into force in due course with regulations. These will be accompanied by statutory guidance setting out the matters to which local authorities using the powers must have regard.

The Department for Transport has been discussing the timing and implementation of these powers with the Local Government Association, and our decisions will be informed by the outcome of their soundings with their membership.


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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the duties are of (a) traffic managers and (b) local traffic authorities with regard to (i) responding to and (ii) preventing traffic gridlock; what guidance his Department has issued on this issue; and what plans he has to issue such guidance in the next 12 months. [250227]

Paul Clark: Local traffic authorities have a statutory responsibility (Network Management Duty) to secure the expeditious movement of traffic and to facilitate the same on the networks of others. The Traffic Manager is responsible for carrying out this function. The formal duties are laid out in sections 16 and 17 of the Traffic Management Act 2004.

The Department for Transport has published ‘Network Management Duty Guidance’ and ‘Guidance on Intervention Criteria’ to help Traffic Managers understand and implement the duty. These came into force in December 2004 and 12 March 2007 respectively. Currently there are no plans to issue further guidance in this area.

Road Traffic Control: Cameras

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) locations and (b) roads in (i) the Metropolitan Police area of London, (ii) Essex and (iii) Hertfordshire are where box junction cameras (A) are in place and (B) will be in place within the next 12 months for the purpose of monitoring vehicles for offences other than speeding. [250223]

Paul Clark: This information is not kept by the Department for Transport. In London, the enforcement of box junction markings is undertaken mainly by local traffic authorities in accordance with their powers in the London Local Authorities and Transport for London Act 2003. Those powers include the option of using cameras to enforce. Outside London, box junction enforcement is the responsibility of the appropriate police authority.


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Road Works: Injuries

Mr. Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people working on roadworks have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in each of the last five years. [250929]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The following table gives the numbers of fatal accidents and major injuries that have occurred to those working on the Highways Agency’s road network in the last five years. There have been no further accidents of these types this year.

Fatal accidents Major injury accidents Total accidents

2004

1

17

18

2005

5

12

17

2006

2

21

23

2007

0

14

14

2008

1

12

14

Total

10

76

86


Information on road worker casualties on roads that are the responsibility of local highways authorities is not collected by the Department for Transport.

Roads: Accidents

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pedestrians have been (a) injured, (b) seriously injured and (c) killed in collisions with (i) cars, (ii) all motor vehicles and (iii) cyclists in each of the last 10 years. [250454]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The numbers of pedestrians that were (a) injured, (b) seriously injured and (c) killed in collisions with (i) cars (ii) all motor vehicles and (iii) cyclists in reported personal injury road accidents in each of the last 10 years are given in the table:

Number of casualties

1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

Cars

All injured

37,367

35,054

34,199

32,955

31,490

29,276

28,116

26,680

24,963

24,169

Serious

8,063

7,451

7,161

6,828

6,496

5,886

5,552

5,251

5,236

5,064

Killed

673

608

590

531

534

533

462

470

471

433

All motor vehicles

All injured

43,621

41,598

40,783

39,431

37,734

35,337

33,931

32,290

30,060

29,297

Serious

9,492

8,876

8,559

8,169

7,801

7,109

6,746

6,389

6,322

6,224

Killed

904

863

851

825

770

767

669

666

672

642

Pedal Cyclists

All injured

309

346

291

258

205

255

235

276

223

225

Serious

72

70

66

60

47

45

49

61

47

48

Killed

2

5

3

0

4

4

1

3

3

4

1. All injured includes seriously injured and slightly injured casualties.

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