Supplementary memorandum by the DTLR (TYP
DELIVERY OF IMPROVEMENTS OVER THE LIFE OF
THE 10 YEAR PLAN PROGRESS TO DATE
The document below outlines the current state
of play on progress since the 10 Year Plan for transport was published.
It focuses, as requested, on the measures highlighted in the original
note "Delivery of improvements over the Life of the Plan",
and is not intended to be a fully comprehensive list. A full assessment
of progress to date will be contained in the first report on the
10 Year Plan, to be published in July.
The Strategic Rail Authority published their
first Strategic Plan on 14 January 2002.
New 20-year Chiltern franchise and two-year
extension to GNER franchise signed. Heads of Terms agreed for
South Central and South West Trains. SRA announced revised franchising
programme on 19 December 2001. DTLR produced its franchising guidance
on the same day.
Construction of phase 2 of the Channel Tunnel
Rail link began in July 2001.
600 New vehicles introduced in 2001. This is
expected to increase to around 1,600 by the end of 2002, representing
about 16 per cent of the total fleet.
By the end of January 2002 52 per cent of trains
had been fitted with the Train Protection and Warning system and
36 per cent (representing 5,539 locations) of the Railtrack programme
was fitted and operational.
So far £2 billion has been spent by Railtrack
on renewal and enhancement of the West Coast Mainline. This includes
reconstruction of track and signalling at the London end, replacement
of track and overhead line electrification between London and
Crewe. Virgin's new Pendolino tilting trains are under test between
Carnforth and Carlisle.
Planning and design started on signalling renewal
in the London Bridge area, required for delivery of the Thameslink
2000 project (subject to the necessary TWA powers).
There are currently 53 schemes in the Targeted
Programme of Improvements (TPI). To date, 20 TPI schemes have
1,662 lane km (approximately 4.2 per cent of
the network) received quieter surfacing in the financial year
The new Traffic Control Centre is now under
71 schemes out of the programme of 100 smaller
scale safety and congestion schemes on trunk roads have been delivered
since April 2000.
Automatic hold-up warning systems were installed
on 243 km of motorways during the financial year 2001-02, and
monitoring equipment installed at 91 locations to give faster
response times to accidents and other incidents.
Contracts for the second tranche of multi-modal
studies were let during the end of 2000 and during 2001 and the
contract for the first Tranche 3 Multi-Modal Study has just been
Four of the multi-modal studies had reported
by December 2001: Hastings; Cambridge to Huntington; SE Manchester
and West Midlands Area. 13 further studies are expected to report
by autumn 2002.
Five-year Local Transport Plans (LTPs) were
submitted by all English local highway authorities outside London
in July 2000.
The local transport settlement on 14 December
2000 announced the allocation of £8.4 billion of public capital
investment over five years, including £1.3 billion for 2001-02double
the previous year. In December 2001 the capital settlement for
2002-03 was announced which totalled £1.58 billion.
The block allocations to local authorities for
small scale integrated improvement and maintenance in 2001-02
totalled over £1 billion and a further allocation of £1.2
billion was announced for 2002-03.
Maintenance allocations in each year were double
those for 2000-01.
Within the total package, £2.8 billion
of funding for small scale measures over the five years is expected
to provide, amongst other things, for 4,500 km of faster, more
reliable bus routes, 4,300 km of new cycle routes, 650 km of pedestrianisation
or footway improvements, 120 or so new or improved park and ride
69 major local transport schemes (schemes over
£5 million each) were given the green light in the December
2000 local transport capital settlement. A further 25 schemes
were added to that list in 2001. Two further major schemes have
so far been announced in 2002.
37 of these are major public transport schemes,
including six new light rail lines and four guided bus schemes.
55 are major local road improvements, of which 21 are new by-passes.
Four major maintenance schemes have also been accepted for funding.
The Sunderland extension to Tyne and Wear Metro
opened in March 2002.
The £46 million Urban Bus Challenge Fund
was launched on 21 July 2001. The first awards, amounting to £15
million, were announced in November 2001. There will be further
competitions in 2002 and 2003.
The average age of the bus fleet has fallen
to 8.4 years.
By July 2001 a Rural Transport Partnership had
been established in each rural county in England.
The relevant rule changes were made in 2001-02
to allow the Rural Bus Subsidy Grant to be extended to services
in and around market towns.
The Travel Concessions (Eligibility) Act 2002
provides that, from April 2003, men will be entitled to travel
concessions for the age of 60 rather than 65.
The Mayor of London published his transport
strategy for London in July 2001.
Resources for the Mayor for the three-year period
from 2001-02 through the 10 Year Plan will be over £3 billiona
doubling compared with previous plans.
1,700 new buses entered service between July
2000 and November 2001. A further 420 were planned before this
April. Waiting times are 7 per cent better than in 2000. 16 new
night bus routes have been introduced since April 2000.
Significant progress has been made in implementing
the plans for modernisation of London Underground. Preferred bidders
for two contracts were announced in May 2001 and for the third
in September 2001. London Transport announced on 7 February 2002
that it was minded to proceed subject to consultation with the
Mayor and TfL.
Traveline, the new telephone service giving
route and timetable information on bus, coach, train and metro
services, was put in place in all areas in 2000. Journey planners
and real-time rail information are now available on the internet
for some routes/locations.
The Government funded Powershift programme has
supported the purchase of over 11,000 cleaner fuel vehicles to
Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) and company car taxation
have been reformed to encourage more fuel efficient vehicles.
By 2000 average new car CO2 emissions in the UK had fallen by
6 per cent since 1995.