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Mr. Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much of the trunk road network has been given a lower noise surface in the past 12 months; and when he intends that (a) 10 per cent., (b) 25 per cent., (c) 50 per cent. and (d) 60 per cent. of the trunk road network will have received such a service. 
Mr. Jamieson: Over 3 per cent. of the network received a lower noise surface during the last year. A target has been set in Transport 2010, the 10-year Plan, for 60 per cent. of the trunk road network to have lower noise surfacing by March 2011, including all concrete surfaces. A detailed 10 year programme is not available, but approximately 6 per cent. of the network is expected to be treated annually. On this basis 10 per cent. would be achieved by 2002, 25 per cent. by 2005, 50 per cent. by 2009 and 60 per cent. by 2011.
Mr. Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list each of the roads in the Highways Agency Targeted Programme of Improvements indicating in each case (a) when work is likely to commence and (b) when the road is likely to be opened. [R] 
Mr. Jamieson: Contracts have been let and in most cases work has begun on the following 14 schemes in the Government's Targeted Programme of Improvements (TPI) to the trunk road network. The planned completion date is as shown:
|A1 Willburn-Denwick Improvement||Winter 2002|
|A6 Clapham Bypass||Spring 2003|
|A6 Great Glen Bypass||Winter 2002|
|A11 Roundham Heath-Attleborough Dualling||Spring 2003|
|A27 Polegate Bypass||Summer 2002|
|A41 Aston Clinton Bypass||Summer 2003|
|A43 Whitfield Turn-Brackley Hatch Improvement||Summer 2002|
|A43 Silverstone Bypass||Summer 2002|
|A43 M40-B4031 Dualling||Summer 2002|
|A63 Selby Bypass||Winter 2003|
|A66 Stainburn and Great Clifton Bypass||Winter 2002|
|A500 Basford, Hough, Shavington Bypass||Summer 2003|
|A650 Bingley Relief Road||Winter 2003|
|A1033 Hedon Road Improvement, Hull||Summer 2003|
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A2 Bean-Cobham Widening Phase 2
A11 Fiveways to Thetford Improvement
A11 Attleborough Bypass Improvement
A34 Chieveley/M4 J13 Improvement
A2 A2/A282 Dartford Improvement
A5 Weeford-Fazeley Improvement
A14 Rookery Crossroads Grade Separated Junction
A47 Thorney Bypass
A63 Melton Grade Separated Junction
A74 Carlisle-Guardsmill upgrading to motorway
A421 Great Barford Bypass
A1 Peterborough-Blyth Grade Separated Junctions
A14 Haughley New StreetStowmarket Improvement
A38 Dobwalls Bypass
A46 NewmarkWidmerpool Improvement
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Mr. Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to construct new East Thames river crossings for (a) road and (b) rail; and what the timetable for construction is in each case. 
Mr. Jamieson: None. Proposals for new East Thames river crossings are now a matter for the Mayor of London. The crossings are discussed in his Transport Strategy published on 10 July. Copies of the Strategy are available in the Library.
Mr. Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to make a decision on the findings of the (a) West Midlands to North West, (b) North/South movements in East Midlands, (c) London to South West and South Wales, (d) London orbitals, (e) South East Manchester, (f) West Midlands areas, (g) Tyneside areas, (h) access to Hastings, (i) Cambridge to Huntingdon and (j) A453 M1-Nottingham multi-modal studies. [R] 
|Multi-modal study||Date expected to report|
|(a) West Midlands to North West||Autumn 2001|
|(b) North/South Movements in East Midlands||Early 2002|
|(c) London to South West and South Wales||April 2002|
|(d) London Orbital||April 2002|
|(e) South East Manchester||September 2001|
|(f) West Midlands Area||September 2001|
|(g) Tyneside Area||February 2002|
|(h) Access to HastingsReported December 2000 Decision announced 12 July 2001|
|(i) Cambridge to Huntingdon||July 2001|
|(j) A453 M1Nottingham||Early 2002|
Mr. Viggers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many fatalities there were per million passenger miles on the railways in each of the last 10 years; what the projected costs of current plans to improve safety are; and what percentage increase in safety is planned to result from them. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Health and Safety Executive's Railway Inspectorate, publish fatality and injury rates to passengers in their Annual Report on Railway Safety, copies of which are placed in both House Libraries. The information is compiled per billion passenger rail miles. Fatality rates per billion passengers miles for each of the last ten years are reproduced in the following table.
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|Year||Train incidents per billion passenger miles||Movement incidents per billion passenger miles||Non-movement incidents per billion passenger journeys|
Key to table headings:
"Train Incidents" include: collisions, derailments, trains running into obstructions, fires on board trains and missile damage to train windows;
"Movement Incidents" are injuries caused by the movement of the train excluding train incidents e.g. a passenger falling off a platform and struck by a train; and
"Non-movement Incidents" are injuries not caused by trains, e.g. A passenger slipping on the station platform.
Figures for 200001 are still being compiled.
All aspects of railway industry activity have potential safety impacts. These safety impacts are not always separately identified in the business planning process. Therefore, the projected cost of current industry plans to improve safety cannot be estimated.
In the 19992000 Railway Group Safety Plan, the railway industry set itself a target to halve the annual number of accidental equivalent fatalities by 2009. (In calculating an 'equivalent fatality' 10 major injuries equate to one fatality and 200 minor injuries equate to one fatality.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has (a) made to and (b) received from Railtrack about the continued enforcement of speed restrictions; and when he estimates all restrictions will be lifted. 
Mr. Spellar: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State wrote to the Railtrack chairman last month expressing concern about the continued enforcement of speed restrictions on the national rail network and pressing for a firm timetable for reducing further the number outstanding, without in any way compromising safety. Railtrack will respond substantively once it has reached agreement with the train operating companies on the best balance between early removal of the restrictions and additional disruption to services that the necessary engineering work might cause.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has (a) made to and (b) received from each of the train operating companies about the continued enforcement of speed restrictions; and if he will make a statement. 
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of temporary speed restrictions, and the steps that Railtrack and the operators, working together, can take to minimise their impact.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will set out the timetable for completion of the inspection schedule used by Railtrack to assess track conditions; and if he will make a statement. 
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