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Roads

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on traffic initiatives designed to integrate road users via shared space initiatives. [262452]

Paul Clark: In the late 1990s, the Department for Transport commissioned research into home zones and quiet lanes, which are forms of shared space in residential streets and rural roads respectively. The research involved evaluating pilot schemes to assist in developing subsequent legislation and guidance.

We have also evaluated shared space research, commissioned by the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and home zones research, commissioned by the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee. Both projects identified the difficulties faced by some disabled people in these environments.

To better understand these difficulties the Department recently commissioned a major shared space research project. The two-year project started in February 2009.

Roads: Accidents

Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many road traffic accidents there were in each police force area in each year since 1997; [264231]

(2) how many (a) fatalities and (b) injuries there were in road traffic accidents in each police force area in each year since 1997. [264232]


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Jim Fitzpatrick: Tables showing the number of (a) accidents (b) fatalities and (c) injuries resulting from reported personal injury road accidents in each police force area in Great Britain from 1997 to 2007 have been deposited in the Libraries of the House.

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) accidents and (b) deaths on rural roads involving uninsured drivers there were in each (i) local authority area and (ii) constituency in each year since 1997. [264274]

Jim Fitzpatrick: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 12 March 2009, Official Report, columns 598-99W.

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many deaths on rural roads in each (a) local authority area and (b) constituency there were in each year since 1997. [264278]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Tables showing the numbers of deaths on rural roads in each local authority area and constituency resulting from reported personal injury road accidents in Great Britain from 1997 to 2007 have been deposited in the Libraries of the House.

Roads: Essex

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to support provision of an additional access road for Canvey Island for economic reasons. [263280]

Paul Clark: Any proposed access road to Canvey Island is the responsibility for Essex county council, as local highway authority.


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Should the council, in liaison with Castle Point borough council, decide to promote such a scheme, it would need to obtain the East of England region's agreement to prioritise the scheme for funding within its regional funding allocation for major transport schemes.

The council would then need to submit a detailed major scheme business case for the scheme, in line with Department for Transport guidance, for consideration and assessment by the Department.

Alternatively, the council could seek funding from its own or through third party sources.

Roads: Snow and Ice

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to assess the appropriateness of arrangements for stockpiling and distribution of salt and grit for use on roads in cold weather. [262242]

Paul Clark: I refer the hon. Member to the Secretary of State for Transport's written ministerial statement of 12 March 2009, Official Report, columns 29-32WS, which advised that the UK Roads Liaison Group had been asked to review the lessons learnt in respect of the supply and stock holding of salt for use on roads during the recent period of adverse weather.

Roads: Statistics

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what road (a) safety, (b) user and (c) congestion datasets held by his Department supply data, broken down by (i) constituency, (ii) local authority, (iii) county and (iv) region. [262456]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The information requested is given in the following table:

Dataset available at (i) Constituency (ii) Local authority (iii) County (iv) Government office region (v) Data scope

Road accidents (Stats 19)(1)

Yes

Yes(2)

Yes

Yes

GB

Congestion—Inter-urban

No

No

No

Yes(3)

England

Congestion—Urban

No

Partial(4)

No

No

England

Traffic

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

GB

Road lengths

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

GB

National Travel Survey

No

No(5)

No(5)

Yes

GB

Road freight(6)

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

UK

Registered vehicles

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

GB

Bus and light rail passengers

No

No

No

Yes

GB

Concessionary fares schemes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

England and Wales

Bus Passenger Satisfaction Survey

No

No

No

Yes

England

Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

England and Wales

Blue Badges Survey

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

England

Decriminalised Parking Survey

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

England and Wales

Vehicle Excise Duty Evasion

No

No

No

Yes

UK

(1) With the exception of contributory factor data and drink and drive data, which are only available at Government office region level.
(2) Local highway authority.
(3) Data are available by road section and some road sections may cover more than one Government office region.
(4) Currently, urban congestion data are published for the 10 largest urban areas in England, which are combinations of local authority areas.
(5) Some limited results can be supplied at this level for some local authorities and counties, where sample sizes are sufficient to produce robust estimates.
(6) Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross weight

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Speed Limits: Cameras

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent guidance issued by his Department to local authorities on the use of safety cameras. [262942]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport issued DFT Circular 01/2007, guidance on the deployment of speed and red light cameras on 31 January 2007. The guidance was placed in the Library of the House and is also available on the Department’s website.

Taxis

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects on other aspects of the transport system of the provision of accessible taxis. [263006]

Paul Clark: The Impact Assessment in the recently published consultation ‘Improving Access to Taxis' assesses costs and issues in relation to accessible taxis, as well as the taxi trade, customers and local authorities. The impacts on the wider transport system have not been assessed.

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on (a) guidance on and (b) regulations for local authority licensing of accessible taxis. [263009]

Paul Clark: The Department for Transport is currently consulting on this issue. The consultation document ‘Improving Access to Taxis' was published on 2 February 2009 and explores the ways of improving access to taxis by disabled people.

Train Operating Companies

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department plans to take to increase the accountability to the public of the performance of train operating companies. [262926]

Paul Clark: Train operators are accountable for their performance to the Department for Transport through their franchise agreement, and to the public via published results.

The rail industry regularly publishes train performance information, and a requirement exists for train operators to publish their performance against target at most stations.

Passenger Focus, the independent passenger watchdog, also issues bi-annual National Passenger Survey results which reflect passengers' perceptions of performance and service quality.

Transport: Crimes

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many offences (a) in total and (b) of violence against the person, (c) sexual offences, (d) robbery, (e) burglary, (f) against vehicles, (g) other forms of theft, (h) fraud and forgery, (ii) criminal damage and (j) related to drugs have been recorded by the British Transport Police in each year since 1998-99. [262332]


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Paul Clark: This information is not held by the Department for Transport, but by the British Transport Police who can be contacted at:

Tugboats: Fees and Charges

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to charge a fee towards tug protection on laid-up shipping at anchor within UK territorial waters. [264147]

Jim Fitzpatrick: There are no plans to charge fees for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) tug protection services.

The MCA is not aware of any vessels that have been “laid up” at anchor. Anchored vessels must be maintained in a fully operational state.

Energy and Climate Change

British Energy: EDF Energy

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what requirements have been placed on EDF regarding the disposal of potential nuclear sites as a result of the sale of British Energy. [255947]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The obligations for EDF to sell certain potential nuclear new build sites are as set out in the Sites Undertaking entered into between EDF and HM Government, copies of which were placed in the Library of the House on 24 September 2008. The European Commission as part of its clearance of the acquisition of British Energy has received certain undertakings from EDF that are slightly different from those agreed in the Sites Undertaking and these are as set out in the announcement of its decision on 22 December 2008. It is envisaged that when the Commission has published its full decision the Sites Undertaking will be amended to reflect these developments.


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