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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Baroness Hayman): One hundred and four incidents of disruptive behaviour by passengers were reported to the Civil Aviation Authority under the mandatory reporting scheme in 1997, not all of which resulted from drunkenness. In the same period UK airlines carried some 80 million passengers. While such incidents can be distressing for fellow passengers, the CAA has no real evidence to suggest that disruptive behaviour by passengers is a significant safety problem.
It is an offence for a passenger to enter an aircraft while drunk or to be drunk on board an aircraft. It is also an offence for any person recklessly or negligently to act in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft or any person therein. Both offences are punishable by a fine of up to £5,000 and two years' imprisonment.
Airlines have to take responsibility for ensuring that they do not serve passengers with alcohol to such an extent that they become intoxicated. The CAA is working with the industry to ensure that airline staff receive appropriate training to enable them to deal with this problem. The CAA is also actively engaged in raising awareness of passenger responsibilities, such as the effect of alcohol at altitude and need for moderation. They believe that this is preferable to restricting the supply of alcohol to the vast majority of responsible passengers.
Baroness Hayman: Four new track access grants worth around £1.6 million have been awarded in 1998. Three of these awards were to English, Welsh and Scottish Railways and the fourth was to Freightliner. These related to traffic primarily in England, although one of the flows was entirely in Scotland.
Baroness Hayman: While the Channel Tunnel Rail Link is primarily intended as a high-speed passenger line, the Development Agreement with London and Continental Railways (LCR) requires that the entirety of the new infrastructure should have a potential freight capability. This therefore includes the provision of continental loading gauge, appropriate track spacing, compatibility with standard UK axle loadings, two freight passing lines and two freight junctions.
The detailed design of the railway is a matter for LCR; the Government have placed no technical restrictions on the type of freight train that may use the new line. I understand from the company, however, that it will be particularly suited to higher speed freight trains carrying more valuable and lower weight consignments. This will of course enable substantial capacity on the existing railway network to be released.
|Title of proposed order||Date of application||Applicant and description of proposals||Estimated cost of works (as at date of application)||Status in approval process|
|1. Heathrow Express Railway Extension Order||15/9/94||Application by Heathrow Airport Ltd to extend the Heathrow Express Railway to the proposed Terminal 5.||£88 million||At inquiry.|
|2. Piccadilly Line (Heathrow T5 Extension) Order||29/11/94||Application by London Underground Ltd and Heathrow Airport Ltd to extend the Piccadilly Line to the proposed Terminal 5.||£71 million||At inquiry.|
|3. Wye Navigation Order||21/3/96||Application by the Environment Agency for powers to manage navigation on the Rivers Wye and Lugg and tributaries.||Not applicable.||Inquiry report being considered. (To be determined jointly with the Secretary of State for Wales.)|
|4. Leeds Supertram (Extension) Order||4/7/96||Application by West Yorkshire PTE to extend the proposed Leeds Supertram system to Headingley and Seacroft.||£166 million||Inquiry report being considered.|
|5. Greater Manchester (LRTS) (Land Acquisition) Order||15/10/96||Application by Greater Manchester PTE to renew compulsory purchase powers for the proposed Metrolink lines to East Didsbury and Rochdale.||Not applicable.||Objections being considered.|
|6. Greater Manchester (LRTS) (Ashton-under-Lyne Extension) Order||12/12/96||Application by Greater Manchester PTE to extend the Metrolink from Piccadilly Station to Ashton-under-Lyne||£110 million||Inquiry report being considered.|
|7. Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Stratford Station and Subsidiary Works) Order||23/1/97||Application by Eurostar (UK) Ltd to construct Stratford International Station and a link to the West Coast Main Line at St Pancras.||£68 million||Inquiry report being considered.|
|8. Welsh Highland Railway Order||27/3/97||Application by the Festiniog Railway to reconstruct the Welsh Highland Railway.||£19 million||Inquiry report being considered.|
|9. Greater Manchester (LRTS) (Mumps Surface Crossing) Order||10/4/97||Application by Greater Manchester PTE to alter route of the proposed Metrolink line in Oldham town centre.||£4 million||Objections being considered.|
|10. Wirral Tramway Order||15/4/97||Application by Wirral Borough Council to extend the Wirral heritage tramway.||£415,000||Objections being considered.|
|11. Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport (Sunderland) Order||8/5/97||Application by Tyne & Wear PTE to extend Metro to Sunderland and South Hylton.||£63 million||Inquiry report being considered.|
|12. Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Boarley Lane Diversion) Order||26/6/97||Application by Eurostar (UK) Ltd to realign Boarley Lane at Boxley, Kent, to accommodate alteration to the level of the CTRL.||£2 million||Preparing to determine application.|
|13. Railtrack (Thameslink 2000) Order||19/11/97||Application by Railtrack to provide enhanced capacity for Thameslink services.||£566 million||Decision to refer to inquiry held in abeyance.|
|14. Greater Manchester (LRTS) (Trafford Park) Order||15/1/98||Application by Greater Manchester PTE to renew compulsory purchase powers for the proposed Metrolink line to Trafford Park and to modify the route where it crosses the Bridgewater Canal.||£3 million (Cost of modification works only.)||Objections being considered.|
|15. Greater Manchester (LRTS) (Moor Road Modification) Order||15/1/98||Application by Greater Manchester PTE to modify route of the proposed Metrolink line to Manchester Airport to allow street running at Moor Road.||Cost of modification works not separately identifiable.||Preparing to determine application.|
|16. South Hampshire Rapid Transit Order||6/3/98||Application by Hampshire County Council and Portsmouth City Council to construct a light rapid transit system between Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth.||£147 million||Application to be considered at inquiry.|
|17. Merseyside Rapid Transit Order||7/4/98||Application by Merseyside PTE to construct an electronically guided/electrically powered rapid transit system from Liverpool King's Dock to Page Moss with branch to a park-&-ride site at Broad Green.||£53 million||Application to be considered at inquiry.|
|18. Portsmouth Harbour (Gunwharf Quays) Order||9/4/98||Application by the Berkeley Festival Waterfront Company Limited to authorise interference with navigation caused by provision of suspended deck and works to quay walls at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Harbour.||£23 million||Objections being considered.|
|19. River Thames (Hungerford Footbridges) Order||14/4/98||Application by the City of Westminster Council to authorise interference with navigation caused by construction of new footbridges on either side of the Hungerford railway bridge.||£20 million||Objections being considered.|
|20. Leeds Supertram (Land Acquisition etc.) Order||10/6/98||Application by West Yorkshire PTE to renew compulsory purchase powers for the proposed Leeds Supertram line to Stourton and Tingley and to authorise minor modifications.||Cost of modification works not separately identifiable.||Objection period closes on 22/7/98.|
|21. Baltic Millennium Bridge Order||18/6/98||Application by Gateshead Borough Council to construct an opening bridge across the River Tyne between Gateshead Quays and the Newcastle Quayside.||£19 million||Objection period closes on 30/7/98.|
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