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Rail Services (Overcrowding)

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will give details of the measure of overcrowding being used by the Strategic Rail Authority; and if he will make a statement. [23504]

Mr. Jamieson: The Passenger in Excess of Capacity (PIXC) standard states that


PIXC is applied to the 10 train operators running services in and out of London as well as Scotrail's services across the Fife Bridge.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment has been made by (a) his Department and (b) the Strategic Rail Authority of the levels of overcrowding (i) for each train operating company, (ii) temporally and (iii) geographically; and if he will make a statement. [23503]

Mr. Jamieson: There is a strong commercial incentive on train operators to supply sufficient levels of comfort for passengers on the services they provide. The SRA

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measures commuter overcrowding using the "Passengers in Excess of Capacity" mechanism, for which the results are published annually.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has (a) carried out, (b) commissioned and (c) consulted upon on the measure of overcrowding levels of rail passenger services as used by the Strategic Rail Authority; if he will place copies of reports published as a result of such research conducted in the Library; and if he will make a statement. [23506]

Mr. Jamieson: The SRA expect commuter Train Operating Companies to undertake impartial passenger counts up to twice per annum for peak commuter services. Where PTEs specify limits for peak overcrowding they use a similar approach.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps (a) have been and (b) are planned to be taken by (i) his Department and (ii) the Strategic Rail Authority to improve the measure of overcrowding used by the Strategic Rail Authority to take account of variations (A) between train operating companies, (B) temporally and (C) geographically; and if he will make a statement. [23502]

Mr. Jamieson: The Strategic Rail Authority is developing a new process for a consistent method of calculating overcrowding in commuter areas across the network. It will be based upon the existing Passengers In Excess of Capacity (PIXC) mechanism used for London commuter operators and for services from Fife into Edinburgh.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made by (a) his Department and (b) the Strategic Rail Authority in reducing levels of overcrowding on the rail network; and if he will make a statement. [23501]

Mr. Jamieson: A number of measures have been introduced to reduce overcrowding including: the introduction of new trains that are designed to accommodate high loading levels; additional rolling stock to increase the number of vehicles available; and franchise commitments to improve services.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will provide details of the measure of overcrowding levels of rail passenger services outlined (a) in "A New Deal for Transport", (b) in "Transport 2010: The Ten Year Plan", (c) within his Department's direction and guidance to the Strategic Rail Authority of September 1999 and (d) within his Department's direction and guidance to the Strategic Rail Authority of July 2001; and if he will make a statement. [23507]

Mr. Jamieson: There is a requirement in the draft Directions and Guidance provided by the Secretary of State in July to reduce overcrowding to meet Strategic Rail Authority standards—no passengers standing for journeys of more than 20 minutes, no more than 30 per cent. standing for shorter journeys—by 2010.

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Integrated Transport Research

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has (a) carried out, (b) commissioned and (c) consulted upon on the progress his Department has made towards developing an integrated transport policy as outlined in (i) "A New Deal for Transport" and (ii) "Transport 2010: The Ten Year Plan"; if he will place copies of the documentation in relation to this research which is not publicly available in the Library; and if he will make a statement. [23520]

Mr. Jamieson: The DTLR Science and Innovation Strategy covers all research commissioned by the Department and states the general policy of open publication of research requirements and results. It is available at http://www.research.dtlr.gov.uk/sis2001/ index.htm

The draft Strategy for Integrated Transport Research was published for consultation in March 2001 and is available on the web at http://www.dtlr.gov.uk/itwp/ consult/research/index.htm.

It highlights those areas where research is already being carried out in support of the Government's integrated transport objectives and outlines the key strategic research issues arising from "A New Deal for Transport" and "Transport 2010—The Ten Year Plan".

Details of the Department's transport research programmes are published annually, and are also available on DTLR's website at the following address: http://www.research.dtlr.gov.uk/research/03.htm. These documents set out the objectives and priorities of the individual research programmes, summarise latest research findings and provide details of new projects.

Copies of these documents are being placed in the Libraries of the House.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has (a) carried out, (b) commissioned and (c) consulted upon in relation to progress made towards the development of (i) a real time travel information service, (ii) Transport Direct and (iii) a comprehensive travel information and retailing service; if he will place copies of documentation in relation to this research which is not publicly available in the Library; and if he will make a statement. [23519]

Mr. Jamieson: The following research is currently under way on real time information:


On Transport Direct, which will be a comprehensive travel information and retailing service, the following major items of research have been commissioned or

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conducted. For a full list, please refer to the annual Departmental Research Compendium, "Roads and Local Transport Research Programme: Compendium of Research Projects 2000–2001", a copy of which is already in the House of Commons Library.


Transport Direct

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will provide details of progress which has been made by his Department with the delivery of Transport Direct against the timetable originally outlined; what further steps he plans to take to implement these plans according to the original timetable; what amendments to the original timetable (a) have been made and (b) are planned; and if he will make a statement. [23518]

Mr. Jamieson: The 10-Year Plan, published in July 2000, said that by 2003 we expect Transport Direct to include:


We are on course to deliver these targets.

Since the publication of the "10-Year Plan", we have made considerable progress:


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