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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the level of passenger overcrowding on the railways as the percentage of passengers in excess of capacity was during (a) the morning peak, (b) the evening peak and (c) both peaks together, (i) for each train company and (ii) overall in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 18 July 2002]: The number of passengers now travelling into London each morning are at the highest level for over 10 years. Overcrowding figures for 2001, which were published in June, show a decrease on most lines compared to the previous year. That year, however, showed an increase overall compared to 1999. The figures are:
|Connex South Eastern||3.2||3.7||3.2||1.5||1.9||1.3||2.4||2.9||2.3|
|South West Trains||4.7||7.9||6.3||1.7||1.1||2.5||3.4||4.9||4.6|
|Scotrail (Forth Bridge)||1.7||3.1||1.0||4.1||2.9||3.2||2.8||3.0||2.1|
The information is only collected for train operating companies serving London and South East commuter lines and one Scotrail commuter line.
In addition, train operating companies which provide local services into London (South Central, Connex South Eastern, South West Trains, Thameslink, Thames Trains, Chiltern Trains, Silverlink, c2c, First Great Eastern and
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West Anglia Great Northern) and Scotrail (for Fife/Edinburgh area services only) are required by their franchise agreements to comply with the standards laid down under "Passengers in Excess of Capacity". These are the same for each operator and are: not more than 4.5 per cent. in excess of nominal capacity which varies with journey length and rolling stock type; and not more than 3 per cent. overall.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the extra money in expenditure on the London underground announced in the spending review will be spent on; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 18 July 2002]: The spending review takes full account of the Government's commitment to full funding for the first seven-and-a-half years of the tube modernisation plans. A statement of how the Government intend to fund the London underground in the long term was annexed to the draft letters of comfort reported to Parliament by my right hon. Friend the former Secretary of State's Minute of 20 March 2002.
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Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 16 July 2002, Official Report, column 143W, what contingency plans he has for the case where, after the financial close of PPP, a key partner in the Tubelines or Metronet Consortium fails and no replacement partner is found. 
Mr. Jamieson: As my answer of 16 July made clear, the PPP contracts allow for changes in the shareholders of the consortia, subject to the consent of London Underground, including changes to the number of shareholders.
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 22 July 2002]: This is an operational matter for London Underground (LU), who have informed me that they measure how crowded services are in terms of the percentage chance of boarding a train with:
|Peak||Off peak||Peak||Off peak|
|Chance of being on a train with all seats full.||53||30||53||27|
|Chance of being on a train with at least one person standing for each one sitting.||14||4||14||3|
|Chance of being on a train with at least two people standing for each one sitting.||1||1||1||(38)|
(37) First quarter
(38) Sample is too small to provide a meaningful percentage figure, but is less than 1 per cent.
Mr. Spellar: The Government will make no direct payments to the PPP contractors. London Underground will pay a monthly Infrastructure Service Charge to the contractors, once the Infrastructure Companies have been transferred to the private sector, following completion of the PPP contracts.
|Measure||Targeted performance by end March 2002||Actual performance at end March 2002||Targeted performance by end March 2003|
|Excess journey time (unweighted) (minutes)||3.63||3.44||3.42|
|Train kilometres operated (million)||65.6||65.4||67.2|
|Safety and security||80||78||(40)|
|Staff helpfulness and availability||69||69||(40)|
|Project expenditure (£ million)||410||429||587|
|Track renewals (km)||19.5||24.0||25.4|
|Other asset improvements||n/a||n/a||4|
(39) Average scores out of 100.
(40) Customer satisfaction scores are being rebased in 200203 to better reflect customers' views of journeys undertaken in the peak periods. Although not set as formal targets the five individual elements of the customer satisfaction scores will continue to be monitored and published by London Underground Ltd.
(41) A number of other investment works on escalators, rolling stock, signalling, stations and track will also be started, progressed or completed during the year.
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