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Mr. Bacon: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to direct train operating companies to offer passengers the option of purchasing multiple tickets for their journeys. 
Chris Mole: The Department for Transport requires that operators sell combinations of tickets where these are requested, though there is no obligation to offer them as there is an almost infinite number of permutations of fares combinations. It is for the train operating companies themselves to consider whether and to what extent they should promote the practice of combining two or more tickets.
Mr. Bacon: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to direct train operating companies to offer passengers the cheapest possible fare for their journeys, irrespective of the number of tickets required to obtain such a fare. 
Chris Mole: A requirement already exists under the Ticketing and Settlement Agreement for train operators accurately to sell purchasers the most appropriate fare for the end to end journey they described, stressing either cost or convenience as the passenger determines.
Mr. Bacon: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to raise awareness among rail passengers of the financial benefits of purchasing multiple tickets for the same journey. 
Chris Mole: Such promotional activity is for the train operators themselves or for bodies such as the two statutory organisations representing passengers, Passenger Focus and London TravelWatch, or other non-statutory organisations involved in consumer issues.
Shona McIsaac: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans there are to introduce direct train services from London to (a) Lincoln and (b) Cleethorpes. 
Chris Mole: Consultation for the May 2011 East Coast timetable is under way. It is currently envisaged that there will be a train every two hours from London Kings Cross to Lincoln and vice versa. As part of the consultation and evaluation process for the new Intercity East Coast franchise, due to start in autumn 2011, the Department for Transport will investigate the viability of specifying that some services are extended to and from Cleethorpes.
Mr. Crausby: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what progress has been made in reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured in road traffic accidents involving cars and motorcyclists over the last three years. 
Paul Clark: The information requested is shown in the following table. These figures include all killed and seriously injured casualties in these accidents, not just occupants of the specified vehicles.
|Reported killed or seriously injured road casualties in accidents involving cars and motorcycles: GB 2006-08|
The Department for Transport consulted in 2009 on a new road safety strategy for the next two decades, "A Safer Way: Consultation on making Britain's Roads the Safest in the World". This consultation identified protecting motorcyclists as one of a number of key road safety challenges and proposed specific measures, as well as initiatives to tackle safety on rural roads, where motorcyclists are at particular risk. The new road safety strategy will be published following the completion of the North Review into drug and drink driving law.
The Government's Motorcycling Strategy sets out a range of measures to improve the safety of all powered two-wheel users. It was published in February 2005 and a revised action plan was issued in June 2008. This includes THINK! publicity for powered two wheeler and other road users, improvements to rider training, a safer road environment and safer vehicles and equipment. We are currently working with stakeholders on revising the Motorcycle Strategy.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how many road traffic accidents in Torbay constituency involved loss of life in each of the last five years; 
(2) how many road traffic accidents there were in (a) Devon and (b) Torbay constituency in each of the last five years; how many such accidents involved (i) motorcyclists and (ii) cyclists in each such year; and how many accidents of each type resulted in loss of life in each such year. 
Paul Clark: The information requested is shown in the following table:
|Reported personal injury road accidents in Devon county and Torbay parliamentary constituency( 1) : 2004-08|
|(1) Based on 2004 parliamentary constituency boundaries. (2) Includes accidents involving both motorcycles and pedal cycles. There were two such accidents in Devon in 2008.|
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the accident cluster sites are in the (a) St. Edmundsbury Borough Council and (b) Mid Suffolk District Council area. 
Paul Clark: There is no standard definition for an accident cluster site. The assessment of local accident cluster sites is a matter for the relevant local highway authorities.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many road traffic (a) accidents and (b) fatalities there were involving drivers under the age of 21 years in (i) Bury St. Edmunds constituency and (ii) Suffolk in each year since 1997. 
Paul Clark: The information requested is shown in the following table.
|Reported personal injury road accidents and fatalities, involving at least one driver( 1) aged under 21 years: 1997 to 2008|
|Suffolk||Bury St. Edmunds( 2)|
|(1) Car, goods vehicle, bus and coach drivers.|
(2) Based on 2004 parliamentary constituency boundaries.
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