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Waverley Station, Edinburgh

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects detailed plans for the investment in Waverley station in Edinburgh will be brought forward. [29480]

Mr. Jamieson: The Strategic Rail Authority explained in their strategic plan that they and the Scottish Executive are in discussion with Railtrack about how best to take the project forward.

SRA Strategic Plan

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how

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much of the proposed expenditure announced in the SRA strategic plan will be spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a proportion of the total spending; [29458]

Mr. Jamieson: The total public sector expenditure proposed in the Strategic Rail Authority's (SRA's) strategic plan is £33.5 billion. Many individual rail projects and improvements negotiated through franchise agreements, particularly the larger projects and improvements, will benefit more than one part of the country. The SRA has therefore not attempted to break down its planned expenditure on a regional basis.

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many of the proposals announced on 14 January in the SRA strategic plan that relate to Scotland had been announced previously. [29461]

Mr. Jamieson: The plan sets out for the first time a prioritised list of schemes to be taken forward, and estimates the resources needed to deliver them.

Airport Rail Links

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the rail links to Glasgow and Edinburgh airports will be completed by 2010. [29456]

Mr. Jamieson: The Strategic Rail Authority's (SRA's) strategic plan sets out its short, medium and long-term priorities, including those for completion by 2010. Improved rail links to Glasgow and Edinburgh airports have been identified as schemes for further development. Detailed economic and engineering studies of options are being led by the Scottish Executive in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, BAA and the SRA.

Train Drivers

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many train drivers (a) in total and (b) subdivided by train operating company worked on Britain's railways for each (i) year and (ii) month since 1988. [29588]

Mr. Jamieson: This information is not held centrally. The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) is encouraging train operating companies to recruit sufficient drivers to meet their service obligations.

Road Fuel (Consumer Information)

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans his Department has to give consumers information

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relating to the (a) fuel consumption and (b) carbon dioxide emissions of new cars in a form which (i) makes possible comparisons with cars of a similar size and (ii) is based on the colour-coded appliance energy label scheme.[29585]

Mr. Jamieson: The Department will shortly be consulting on future developments of the EU scheme under which information on fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions is required to be displayed on labels on new passenger cars offered for sale. The consultation will focus in particular on options for banded labelling. We expect that this will result in a pilot scheme of banded label and/or focus group studies of the preferred options. We will draw on our experience of this, and of ongoing research when negotiating in the EU on development of the labelling scheme.

Secure Stations Scheme

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the stations accredited as of 16 January, or the latest date for which information is available under the Secure Stations scheme. [29581]

Ms Keeble: The list set out records the name of each of the 132 stations accredited under the Secure Stations scheme as of 21 January 2002.

The percentage of stations accredited under the scheme is small in relation to the number of stations eligible to be accredited under the scheme. However, the accredited stations account for approximately one third of the total annual passenger throughput of overground rail journeys.


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