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Mr. Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much of the money allocated for the national rail network in the 10-year transport plan will be spent on (a) new signalling, (b) station improvements and (c) new rolling stock; what schemes are planned; and what progress has been made with their implementation. [141671]

Mr. Hill: The 10-Year Plan for Transport includes £15 billion of public rail investment over the 10 years 2001-02 to 2010-11. It is estimated that, over that period, a further £34 billion of private investment can be levered in. The £49 billion of total investment consists of (a) £38 billion of enhancement and renewals investment for passenger services, (b) £7 billion of investment in passenger rolling stock and (c) £4 billion of investment in rail freight (including freight rolling stock). More detail on future expenditure will be made available in the SRA's strategic plan to be published early next year.

Mr. Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much money his Department spent on (a) road maintenance,

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(b) road widening schemes, (c) road building schemes, (d) bypass schemes, (e) junction improvements, (f) light rail projects, (g) guided bus schemes, (h) park and ride schemes, (i) priority bus routes, (j) rail signal improvements and (k) the national rail network in each of the last six years. [141666]

Mr. Hill: Expenditure data for each of the last six years for all these categories are not readily available. The following table shows expenditure on national and local roads in each of the last six years and total Government support for light rail and guided bus schemes. Expenditure on park and ride schemes and priority bus routes is made via local transport settlements for which data are not available in the form requested.

Apart from level crossing grants of £32 million and £34 million in 1994-95 and 1995-96 respectively paid to Railtrack while it was still in the public sector, my Department has not spent any money directly on rail signal improvements or on the national rail network since 1 April 1994. Railtrack is responsible for maintaining, renewing and developing the national rail network, including signalling. Although my Department has made no payments direct to the company since it was privatised, its profitability is contingent on public money. Some 90 per cent. of Railtrack's income is paid to the company by train operating companies (TOCs) and freight operating companies (FOCs) in access charges, a substantial proportion of which are supported by public money.

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£ million cash

1994-951995-961996-971997-981998-1991999-2000Total
Total roads expenditure(1)4,3243,9963,6943,4533,3013,41022,178
of which:
Road maintenance2,8252,6092,4562,4402,5562,78115,667
Local road construction4004103602401621061,678
Trunk road construction1,0999778787735835234,833
Light rail schemes(2)n/an/an/an/an/an/a497
Guided bus schemesn/an/an/an/an/an/a3

(1) Includes expenditure on road widening schemes, road building schemes, bypass schemes and junction improvements.

(2) A year-by-year breakdown of Government expenditure on light rail and guided bus projects is not available. Total Government support for various light rail and guided bus schemes is shown.


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Mr. Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much of the money allocated for light rail and bus schemes in the 10-year transport plan will be spent on (a) light rail projects, (b) guided bus schemes, (c) park and ride schemes, (d) priority route schemes and (e) improved rural travel; what schemes are planned; and what progress has been made with their implementation. [141669]

Mr. Hill: The 10-year plan announced public expenditure of £51 billion on local transport outside London, including £1.3 billion on light rail. My Department has today announced funding for the Local Transport Settlement for the allocation of £8.4 billion of capital investment over the next five years. We envisage that up to £2.6 billion may be spent on major schemes costing more than £5 million. However, since there are many schemes for which the case is not yet sufficiently developed for us to take a view, it is not at this stage

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possible to identify the precise amounts that may be spent on each of the types of scheme identified. Nor is it possible to identify all of the individual schemes that authorities may decide to take forward.

As regards light rail, we have given a provisional view that two extensions to the Midland Metro, costing £165 million, pass our economic appraisal tests. We hope to make further announcements on schemes proposed for Leeds, South Hampshire, and Bristol and South Gloucestershire shortly.

We are providing funding of £10 million for the Crawley Fastway guided bus scheme and giving provisional approval for the Chester Deeside Transport System guided bus scheme (subject to Transport and Works Act powers being obtained and a revised economic appraisal). We have also given a provisional view that the Leigh guided bus scheme passes our economic appraisal tests.

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The Settlement should allow authorities to provide up to 120 new or improved park and ride facilities. Among the major schemes that we are approving, there is provision of park and ride facilities in Taunton (funding totalling £6 million), Plymouth (£5 million), Salisbury (£14 million) and Bradford (£15 million).

We expect up to 4,500 km of bus routes will benefit from busways, quality bus corridors and other priority measures to assist buses. We are also approving major new bus priority schemes in Southend (funding totalling £14 million), Derby (£22 million), Newcastle (three schemes totalling £23 million), and Birmingham (two schemes totalling £27 million).

Although not part of the local transport plan settlement, we are providing £240 million over the next three years for rural transport. Within this, £132 million will be available for local authority support for rural bus services. £60 million will be available through the Rural Bus Challenge to support innovative rural transport services. Through the Countryside Agency, we are providing up to £32 million funding for schemes developed by Rural Transport Partnerships to meet transport need in rural areas. We have also created a new parishes fund of £15 million over three years to fund small scale transport projects developed by parish councils.

Mr. Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much of the money allocated for national roads in the 10-year plan will be spent on (a) measures to tackle congestion, (b) safety measures, (c) road widening schemes, (d) bypass schemes and (e) junction improvements; what schemes are planned; and what progress has been made with their implementation. [141668]

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Mr. Hill: The money allocated for strategic roads in the 10-year plan will allow the Highways Agency to complete the 41 schemes in its Targeted Programme of Improvements. Twenty of these schemes are bypasses, 12 are widening schemes, five are junction improvements and four are congestion schemes. All these schemes have been assessed using the New Approach to Appraisal (NATA) which includes measurement of their impact on safety and congestion levels. Taken together they will deliver significant journey time and safety benefits.

To ensure that it delivers these schemes, the Highways Agency has included 24 milestones for this year in its 2000-01 Business Plan. Following the provision of additional money in the 2000 Budget for accelerating scheme starts, 13 of these milestones are for award of contracts leading to start of construction works. Further milestones for 2001-02 will be published in the 2001-02 Business Plan.

Decisions about the use of the remainder of the money allocated for strategic roads will depend upon the outcome of the multi-modal studies and decisions taken in the context of Regional Planning Strategies. The Access to Hastings multi-modal study reported in December 2000 and we expect a further 12 multi-modal studies to be completed in 2001, with the remaining eight finished in 2003.

Mr. Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will (a) list the light rail projects announced in the 10-year transport plan, (b) give the budget for each scheme and (c) state the progress made towards their implementation. [141667]

Mr. Hill: Eight light rail schemes were specifically mentioned in paragraph 6.61 of Transport 2010: The Ten Year Plan. The current position on each of these projects is set out below. A number of proposals have also been made by other local authorities which are being developed for further consideration.

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SchemeCapital cost (£ million) State of progress
Nottingham Express Transit(3)180Under construction
Tyne and Wear Metro extension to Sunderland100Under construction
Manchester Metrolink extensions: three lines (Oldham-Rochdale, Ashton under Lyne, Manchester Airport)513Construction to start early 2002 subject to outcome of applications for Transport and Works Act (TWA) powers
Docklands Light Railway: extension to London City Airport 98Construction to start late 2001 or early 2002, subject to the outcome of an application for TWA powers
Midland Metro extensions: two lines (Birmingham city centre, Wednesbury-Brierley Hill)(4)165Provisional view announced that scheme passes economic appraisal--PTE to make application for TWA powers
Leeds Supertram(4)434Under consideration--announcement to be made as soon as possible
South Hampshire Rapid Transit System(4)190Under consideration--announcement to be made as soon as possible
Bristol LRT165Under consideration--announcement to be made as soon as possible

(3) Being taken forward under the Private Finance Initiative

(4) No decisions taken yet on Government funding


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