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Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Railways
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government in their assessment of the need for new high speed rail services what weighting they are giving to improving passenger services between the north east and the south west of England.
A
Answered on: 10 February 2016

As the HS2 scheme has developed, HS2 Ltd have examined a variety of potential train services and infrastructure configurations. This has included looking at the case for running services from the North East to the South West. Passengers travelling from the north east of England to the south west will generally benefit from HS2 by a reduction in travel times for journeys.

Q
Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much public money has been spent on HS2 to date; how much is estimated to be spent in the next financial year; what is the estimated final cost to the public purse; and what is the projected completion date.
A
Answered on: 09 February 2016

To date (2009/10 – Dec 2015) the government has spent £1.4bn on the HS2 programme. The Department for Transport and HS2 Ltd are currently in the process of finalising their estimates for the next financial year (2016/17). The 2015 Spending Review reconfirmed the Government’s commitment to a long-term funding envelope for delivering the HS2 programme at £55.7bn in 2015 prices. Phase One and Phase 2a are scheduled to be complete by 2026 and the remainder of Phase Two is expected to be completed by 2034.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 29 January 2016
Department for Transport
Transport: Skilled Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from the road haulage sector and hauliers on the Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 08 February 2016

The department has regular meetings with the road haulage sector trade bodies and hauliers on a wide variety of issues, including skills, at both Ministerial and official level. These have not focussed specifically on the Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy, which addresses the technical, engineering and construction skills needed to deliver the department’s unprecedented infrastructure investment.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has recently approved the Logistics Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard and the department will be working with colleagues to support the industry in rolling out this apprenticeship.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 28 January 2016
Department for Transport
Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the third progress report on the promotion and use of energy from renewable sources for the UK, when his Department plans to consult on the future shape of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation scheme.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 05 February 2016

We expect to consult later this year on amendments to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation scheme.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 28 January 2016
Department for Transport
Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to evaluate the progress of his Department's ultra-low emission vehicle communications strategy.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 05 February 2016

The Go Ultra Low campaign, which we run in conjunction with eight major vehicle manufacturers and that is intended to explain the benefits of ultra low emission vehicles to fleet and consumer audiences, is subject to a programme of ongoing evaluation. We survey the campaign’s audiences at key campaign milestones to test its performance. To date, Go Ultra Low has exceeded government and industry campaign benchmarks on key measures. Of those surveyed who recalled seeing campaign activity, 71% have taken action as a result of having seen our advert, and the campaign’s website is now averaging 51,000 visitors a month following a four-fold increase in 2015 compared to 2014. The Go Ultra Low campaign is an important part of the UK’s programme to support the uptake of ultra low emission vehicles, leading to market growth of 94% in 2015.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 28 January 2016
Department for Transport
Electric Vehicles: Charging Points
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish a review of the Plugged-in Places trial.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 05 February 2016

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles published a review of the Plugged-in Places projects entitled ‘Lessons Learnt from the Plugged-in Places Projects’ on 4 September 2013. The full document is available online at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/lessons-learnt-from-the-plugged-in-places-projects

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 28 January 2016
Department for Transport
Large Goods Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on his evaluation of the potential for low carbon HGVs.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 05 February 2016

The Government has implemented measures to encourage cleaner and more fuel efficient HGVs through a 10-year duty incentive for road fuel gases, increasing potential rewards for gaseous fuels under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, our £25m Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition and the £11m Low Carbon Truck Trial.

The Department for Transport is making good progress on its review of options to further reduce CO2 emissions from the freight sector and expects to report to Ministers later this year.

Q
(Sheffield Central)
Asked on: 28 January 2016
Department for Transport
East Midlands Trains
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the East Midlands Trains Franchise Extension document to March 2018.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 05 February 2016

The Department negotiated a Direct Award with Stagecoach to provide services until March 2018. The new Franchise document is currently being prepared for publication and will be available soon on our website at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/public-register-of-rail-passenger-franchise-agreements.

Q
(North East Somerset)
Asked on: 28 January 2016
Department for Transport
Railways: Accidents
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents have occurred on trains involving slam doors in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 05 February 2016

The number of passenger accidents over the years 2011 to 2015 that involved slam-door stock, broken down by injury degree, is set out in the table below:-

Degree of Injury

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Major

0

0

0

0

1

Minor

19

17

10

15

20

Shock/trauma

0

0

0

1

0

Total accidents

19

17

10

16

21

Q
(Sleaford and North Hykeham)
Asked on: 28 January 2016
Department for Transport
Department for Transport: Data Protection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2016 to Question 23487, which external consultants or other third parties were responsible for the eight breaches there identified.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 05 February 2016

2 cases were reported by Shared Services Arvato

2 cases were reported by GBGroup plc

2 cases were reported by Pearson

1 case was reported by Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

1 case was reported by Civil Service Resourcing who reported non-receipt of documents from the sender.

Q
(Sleaford and North Hykeham)
Asked on: 28 January 2016
Department for Transport
Department for Transport: Data Protection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2016 to Question 23487, of the eight breaches there identified, how many concerned documents within each of the following categories applicable prior to April 2014, namely (a) top secret, (b) secret, (c) confidential, (d) restricted, (e) protected and (f) unclassified; and how many breaches concerned documents within each of the following categories applicable from April 2014, namely (i) top secret, (ii) secret and (iii) official-sensitive or official.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 05 February 2016

Of the eight breaches reported pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2016 to Question 23487 none of them concerned documents prior to April 2014

Since April 2014;

  • 6 cases concerned OFFICIAL or OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE documents
  • 2 cases did not involve documents
Q
Asked by Julian Sturdy
(York Outer)
Asked on: 29 January 2016
Department for Transport
Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department records the number of late licensing penalties issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for the non-return of V11 forms; and what revenue is raised from those penalties.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 05 February 2016

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) does not issue late licensing penalties for the non-return of V11 forms. However, the DVLA does issue such penalties to those who do not pay the vehicle excise duty due on their vehicle. During 2014-2015, 474,861 late licensing penalties were issued with £16m collected in revenue. These are the audited figures as included in the DVLA’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2014/15.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 29 January 2016
Department for Transport
Shipping: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which recommendations from the (a) skills section and (b) other sections of the Maritime Skills Study the Government plans to implement; and what the timescale for implementation will be.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 05 February 2016

The Government formally responded to the Study in December 2015 accepting all the recommendations directed to government and progress is already being made.

A new Ministerial Working Group for Maritime Growth has been established to drive growth and tackle issues affecting the sector. The Working Group, including representatives from industry, met for the first time in November 2015 and discussed a range of issues around maritime skills including expanding apprenticeships (recommendation 11).

In addition, the Government has issued an invitation to tender for the Seafarer Projections Review (recommendation 7). The review of SMarT - Support for Maritime Training (recommendation 9) will need to take account of the Seafarer Projections work and will follow in four to six weeks’ time.

Officials are also working with the Department for Education and the Ministry of Defence on the recommendations pertaining to increasing youth awareness of seafaring and better links to the Royal Navy and the wider maritime sector (recommendations 13 and 15).

The other recommendations concerning skills are directed primarily at industry.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 29 January 2016
Department for Transport
Shipping: Apprentices
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the Maritime Apprenticeships Trailblazer Working Group (TWG); when he expects Maritime TWG apprenticeships to be available to employees and employers in the shipping industry; and what estimate he has made of the number of new seafarer ratings that will be trained through apprenticeships developed through the Maritime TWG.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 05 February 2016

Maritime skills and apprenticeships, including the maritime trailblazer, were discussed at the first meeting of the new Ministerial Working Group for Maritime Growth on 30th November 2015. The group comprises Ministers and senior officials from across Whitehall including the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and industry representative including from the Maritime Apprenticeships Trailblazer Working Group.

The Maritime Apprenticeships Trailblazer Working Group is an employer led group. The able seafarer (deck) standard is now approved and ready for delivery and others are in development. Once a standard is ready for delivery it is open to any employer or training provider for delivery.

It is too early to make an assessment on the number of new seafarer ratings that will be trained through apprenticeships, but the Department is currently reviewing seafarer projections across the industry.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 29 January 2016
Department for Transport
Shipping: Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what changes to the annual seafarer statistics published by his Department were made as a result of his Department's methodological review of projected seafarer numbers; when that review was conducted; and if he will publish the findings of that review.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 05 February 2016

The invitation to tender for the Seafarer Projections Review was sent out by the Crown Commercial Service on Tuesday 19 January 2016 and the closing date for bids is Tuesday 1 March 2016.

Seafarer Statistics 2015, published on 27 January 2016, was produced using the same methodology as in previous years. As mentioned in the release, in 2016, the department will be undertaking a user engagement exercise to find out more about how the Seafarer Statistics are used and to collate views on the methodology. The aim of this will be to identify any opportunity for methodological improvements and ensure that the statistics continue to be fit for purpose.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 29 January 2016
Department for Transport
Shipping: Pay
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effects of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on the practice of nationality-based pay differentials in the (a) UK, (b) European and (c) international shipping industry.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 05 February 2016

Issues relating to the practice of nationality based differential pay and UNCLOS are being considered by the Post Implementation Review of the Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011 which is due to complete by the autumn of 2016.

Under UNCLOS, coastal States do not interfere in the ‘internal economy’ of foreign flagged ships on innocent passage in their territorial waters. However, seafarers have a range of potential employment protection where they work, or ordinarily work, in the United Kingdom. In a recent case the Court held that this applies to seafarers working from a base situated in Great Britain, even if they are employed on a non-UK flagged ship, and that ship spends most of its time outside Great Britain.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 29 January 2016
Department for Transport
Shipping: Minimum Wage
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will instruct the Working Group conducting the Post Implementation Review of the Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011 to (a) review and (b) make recommendations on enforcement of the national minimum wage for seafarers employed on (i) UK and (ii) non-UK registered vessels.
Q
Asked by Lord Berkeley
Asked on: 25 January 2016
Department for Transport
Railways: Directors
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether current railway legislation permits a managing director of a railway undertaking to hold a senior management position on the infrastructure management company on which that railway undertaking operates.
A
Answered on: 04 February 2016

Current railway legislation does not prohibit an arrangement of this sort. However, railway legislation contains safeguards designed to prevent conflicts of interests arising in respect of infrastructure management and the management of railway undertakings, particularly as regards the allocation of track access rights and the determination of charges. It would be for the infrastructure manager to satisfy themselves that such an arrangement complies with all relevant legislation.

Q
Asked by Lord Berkeley
Asked on: 25 January 2016
Department for Transport
Railways: Franchises
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how their work on the governance part of the European Fourth railway package will facilitate UK train operating companies being able to tender for and be awarded rail franchises in a fair and transparent manner.
A
Answered on: 04 February 2016

The government continues to work on the market pillar of the EU Fourth Railway Package, consisting of the proposal to amend Directive 2012/34/EU, the “Governance proposal” and the proposal to amend Regulation EC/1370/2007, the “Public Service Obligations proposal”.

The government was able to support a General Approach on the pillar at the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council on 8th October 2015. The General Approach text of the Governance proposal includes additional, proportionate provisions to ensure fair and non‑discriminatory treatment of all train operating companies, including safeguards for operators of franchises. Rules on the competitive tendering of franchises are set out in the Public Service Obligations proposal.

The government continues to work with the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the EU in their ongoing negotiations of the Package with the European Parliament.

Asked on: 25 January 2016
Department for Transport
Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many vehicle testing kits are available to the government agencies responsible for checking whether vehicles comply with EU emission standards.
A
Answered on: 04 February 2016

Emissions type approval of new vehicles in the UK is carried out at commercially operated laboratories. There are five of these, as well as approved laboratories at manufacturers’ premises. The Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) manages the approval testing of vehicles in the UK.

Additional testing which is currently being undertaken on the road uses portable emission measurement systems (PEMS). The VCA owns two PEMS kits and can hire three additional PEMS kits from the commercial laboratories.

Q
Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Eurostar: Children
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government which authorities are responsible for safeguarding unaccompanied children on the concourse at St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International stations.
A
Answered on: 04 February 2016

For unaccompanied children travelling on international train services, Eurostar International have an unaccompanied minors policy, which is available on their website. If unaccompanied, lost children are found at these stations, they are transferred to the custody of the British Transport Police by station staff.

Q
Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Skipton-Colne Railway Line
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government to which body the ownership of the former railway line between Colne and the former Lancashire/West Riding of Yorkshire county boundary at County Brook transferred when BRB (Residuary) Ltd was abolished in 2013, and who now owns that line.
A
Answered on: 04 February 2016

This section of the former railway line is now owned by the Secretary of State for Transport following the abolition of the former British Railways Board (Residuary) limited in September 2013. The former Closed Branch Line to the north of this section was transferred to Lancashire County Council in March 1974.

Q
Asked by Lord Jopling
Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
A1: Nottinghamshire
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 22 July 2015 (HL1470), whether the review of the failures that caused the cost of the recent A1 roadworks near Gamston Airport to escalate has been completed, and what conclusion and lessons have emerged from that review.
A
Answered on: 04 February 2016

The close out of the scheme and associated financial reconciliation is pending and therefore it would be premature to draw conclusions at this time.

Landscaping for the scheme and remedial works are nearing their final stages and completion of the contract is expected at the end of March. A “lessons learned” review will be held as soon as possible in April.

Q
Asked by Lord Jopling
Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Roads: Construction
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 8 June 2015 (HL105), what trunk road improvement schemes there have been in the last five years, and for each of those, what was (1) the original target cost, and (2) the estimated completed cost.
A
Answered on: 04 February 2016

The table below provides details of the major scheme on trunk roads opened in the last five financial years (from April 2011 to the present), together with the original target cost and latest outturn forecast (to the end of December 2015, and subject to closure of final accounts):

Scheme Name

Date Opened

Original Target Cost (£m)

Outturn Forecast* (£m)

A3 Hindhead

Jul-11

362.5m

371.9m

A1 Dishforth to Leeming

Mar-12

327.5m

312.0m

A46 Newark to Widmerpool

Mar-12

382.9m

379.3m

A23 Handcross to Warninglid

Oct-14

76.9m

77.9m

A11 Fiveways to Thetford

Dec-14

104.7m

99.6m

A14 Kettering Bypass

Apr-15

41.9m

37.5m

A453 Widening

Jul-15

149.7m

164.5m

Totals

1,446.1m

1,442.7m

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
North Sea: Offshore Suppliers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Brazilian government's enforcement of domestic cabotage legislation on the offshore supply sector in the North Sea.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 04 February 2016

The UK Government's strong preference is to encourage free trade and liberalization of cabotage wherever possible, in the broad interests of international trade and economic growth. So far as I am aware, the Brazilian Government's decision has no significant direct effect on the offshore supply sector in the North Sea, and there is no intention to amend cabotage rules in relation to that sector.

However, the Government does recognize the present pressures upon the North Sea oil and gas sector and, on his recent visit to Aberdeen, my Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister set out an action plan for a set of measures including a £1.3bn package of tax measures for the oil and gas industry to ensure the UK Continental Shelf remains an attractive destination for investment and a £20M package of investment in exploration, innovation and skills, as well as the new City Deal for Aberdeen itself.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Bus Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with which private bus operators his Department has discussed the planned Buses Bill.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 04 February 2016

The Department for Transport held a series of seven bus reform workshops, in five locations (Birmingham, London, Leeds, Manchester and Bristol) in September and October 2015. The workshops were attended by bus operators and other interested stakeholders to share their views on the Buses Bill. We have also had detailed discussions with the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) and the Association of Local Bus Company Managers (ALBUM).

Information about the bus reform workshops including a list of organisations represented have been published by the department. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bus-reform-workshops-background-information

Q
(Eastbourne)
Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Railways: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Network Rail on improved responsiveness for emergency repairs; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 04 February 2016

I have regular discussions with senior Network Rail and rail industry colleagues about the need to improve performance across the network, which includes improving the recovery time from incidents. I have been paying particular attention to performance on the Govia Thameslink Railway network, and response times are being reviewed with the operator and Network Rail colleagues in order to improve response times when possible.

Q
(Eastbourne)
Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Railways: Compensation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with train operating companies on improving the claim process for compensation for delays; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 04 February 2016

We urge passengers to claim the compensation they are entitled to. When delays occur, we expect operators to make sure their passengers are informed about how to apply for compensation.

We are committed to improving compensation for delayed rail passengers. As the Chancellor stated in his Autumn Statement, we are committed to reducing the time threshold for which passengers can claim from 30 minutes to 15 minutes.

We welcome the trial by c2c of automatic compensation to be introduced on the c2c franchise for registered customers if their train is delayed by more than 2 minutes. We welcome the introduction of automatic compensation on Advance tickets bought online, currently available on Virgin Trains West Coast and to be introduced as part of the Northern and TPE franchises and we encourage operators to make sure passengers across the country benefit from schemes like this.

Q
Asked by Mike Freer
(Finchley and Golders Green)
Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Aviation: Fares
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on the price of airline tickets of the falling price of oil.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 04 February 2016

The recent drop in crude oil price would not have the same effect in aviation as it does in, for example, petrol stations. It is common practice in aviation industry to purchase aviation fuel in advance by entering into long-term hedging contracts, which are designed to provide stability to the industry from short-term price fluctuations.

Should the current trend in the cost of oil prove long-term, it is likely to have an effect on ticket prices in the future in a highly competitive industry.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Taxis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to address the congestion and air quality impacts of increases in numbers of private hire vehicles.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 04 February 2016

Licensing private hire vehicles and local traffic management are matters for local authorities. In London responsibility rests with the Mayor and Transport for London.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Taxis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has recently made of the effectiveness of taxi and private hire vehicle regulations relating to passenger safety.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 04 February 2016

At the request of the Department for Transport, the Law Commission has undertaken a comprehensive review of taxi and private hire regulation in England and Wales. The Department instructions included requiring the review to focus on passenger safety.

The Government is currently considering all the recommendations in the Law Commission’s report and will formally respond to the Law Commission and announce its intentions once this scrutiny is completed.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Taxis: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to Transport for London's press release of 20 January 2016, TfL sets out plans to modernise and enhance London's private hire industry, what representations he has received from the Mayor of London on the introduction of legislation that would enable TfL to restrict overall numbers of private hire drivers and vehicles.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 04 February 2016

We receive representations on a range of issues from the Mayor of London.

The Government supports choice for consumers, and wants to see both taxis and private hire vehicles prosper in London and elsewhere. The Government is prepared to continue discussing various options with the Mayor but does not believe legislation allowing him to cap the number of private hire vehicles is warranted.

Q
Asked by Nusrat Ghani
(Wealden)
Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Southern
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the revenue raised by Southern Rail in the last five years was passed back to GTR by his Department.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 04 February 2016

Under the terms of its Franchise Agreement, Southern Railway Limited retained all of its revenue. The services operated by Southern Railway Limited were combined into a new franchise, the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise, on 26 July 2015 when the previous franchise ended.

No Southern Railway revenue has been passed back to GTR by the Department for Transport.

Q
Asked by Chris Green
(Bolton West)
Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Cycling and Walking
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the level of planned investment by local enterprise partnerships in cycling and walking infrastructure through the local growth fund.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 04 February 2016

The Department estimates that an investment of at least £270m is planned for cycling infrastructure and an investment of at least £250m is planned for walking infrastructure, totalling at least £520m across the current Growth Deal period. This figure is derived from self-reported figures provided by Local Enterprise Partnerships to the Department in January 2016; the final figure for spend is therefore likely to be higher.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
North Sea: Offshore Suppliers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the low oil price since summer 2014 on the number of UK seafarers employed on offshore supply vessels in the North Sea.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 04 February 2016

The 2015 seafarer statistics have just been published. We estimate that there were 23,380 UK seafarers active at sea in 2015, an increase of 2 per cent on the previous year. We are aware that the current downturn in the offshore sector may not yet be fully reflected in these figures.

Q
Asked by Tulip Siddiq
(Hampstead and Kilburn)
Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations his Department has received on the protection of hedgehogs in Regent's Park from trucks using the London Zoo car park for the construction of High Speed 2.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 04 February 2016

12 petitions to the 3rd additional provision to the Phase One hybrid Bill were received that included concerns regarding the impact on the hedgehog population in Regent’s Park of the proposed lorry holding area in the London Zoo car park. Additionally, one of the responses to the AP3 Environmental Statement Consultation raised concerns about the hedgehog population in the Regents Park area. As part of the ongoing engagement with the Zoological Society of London, HS2 Ltd are considering locations for replacement habitats to mitigate the impact on the hedgehog population.

Q
(Dewsbury)
Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
British Transport Police: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 20570, when the budget for the British Transport Police in 2016-17 will be established.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 03 February 2016

The British Transport Police Authority set a budget of expected expenditure and income for the year 2016-17 on 28 January 2016.

Q
(Dewsbury)
Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
British Transport Police: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the financial contribution of Transport for London to the British Transport Police budget is for (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 03 February 2016

Transport for London (TfL) is expected to make a total financial contribution of £63,833,000 to the British Transport Police budget in the year running to 31 March 2016, which is around 10% higher than the contribution made in 2010/11. TfL’s contribution for 2016-17 is to be confirmed in the near future.

Q
(Luton South)
Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Luton Airport: Railways
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to improve the frequency of services to Luton Airport Parkway in the 2018 East Midlands franchise specification.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 03 February 2016

Detailed work on the 2018 East Midlands franchise specification will begin in the Spring, and as with all franchise competitions, a public consultation exercise will take place later this year to help inform the specification for the next long-term franchise.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Shipping: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many seafarer (a) cadets and (b) ratings were trained by shipping companies operating in the UK in each year since 2000-01.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 03 February 2016

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) does not collate figures for seafarer cadets and ratings who have been trained by shipping companies operating in the UK.

However, the MCA does collate the number of new cadets, the number of cadets in training and the number of trainee watch ratings who start training each year and these can be found in the tables below.

The figures in Table 1 show the number of cadets supported by the Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) scheme who started training in each year since 2000-01.

Year

Officer cadets currently in training

Number of which are SMarT1 new entrants

2000/01

1020

470

2001/02

1010

450

2002/03

1000

560

2003/04

1030

660

2004/05

1050

560

2005/06

1110

570

2006/07

1430

690

2007/08

1700

850

2008/09

1800

930

2009/10

1830

750

2010/11

1840

850

2011/12

1900

900

2012/13

1990

780

2013/14

1940

790

2014/15

1920

820

Table 1: UK officer cadets under SMarT1 scheme (1999-2015)

These figures are derived from SMarT returns for SMarT1 training and may include a small number of EU trainees resident in the UK. Numbers are rounded to nearest 10.

The figures in Table 2 below show the number of watch rating trainees who have been supported by SMarT each year since 2011-12. The data held by the MCA for ratings training prior to 2011-12 includes concessionaire training and does not provide an accurate reflection of watch rating training.

Year

Watch Rating Trainees

2011/12

32

2012/13

13

2013/14

12

2014/15

4

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(Nottingham South)
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Asked on: 29 January 2016
Department for Transport
Railways: Tickets
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to monitor compliance with the Office of Rail and Road's guidance, published in March 2015, in respect of advertising the cheapest possible tickets from ticket offices on or near self-service machines.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 03 February 2016

As part of its role as a designated consumer body under Part 8 of the Enterprise Act 2002, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has a role in ensuring compliance with consumer law. As part of this, it worked with the industry to oversee the introduction of a Code of Practice on Retail Information, published in March 2015. It was under this remit that the ORR wrote to all train operators in May 2015, seeking to establish levels of compliance with the code and the law that it reflects. In September 2015, the ORR published an update document, setting out how train operators are performing and what actions are needed to improve the retail experience for customers in line with consumer law. A copy of this document can be found here: http://orr.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/19192/Retail-Info-cop-update-nextsteps.pdf

Train operators have already made improvements and passengers are benefiting from better on-screen information at stations and at many ticket machines. But there is clearly more to be done and, working alongside the ORR in its role as consumer regulator, I continue to push the industry to address the remaining issues as soon as possible.

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Asked by Johnny Mercer
(Plymouth, Moor View)
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Asked on: 29 January 2016
Department for Transport
Railways: South West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the GRIP 2 studies required for the Peninsula Rail Task Force's survey will be available in order for the survey to be completed in June 2016.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 03 February 2016

Department for Transport officials are working with Network Rail and the Peninsula Rail Task Force within the context of the changes that will come from Hendy re-profiling and the Bowe review to establish which further studies are required to inform the Peninsula Rail Task Force report of June 2016 and the funding that could be available to support this development work.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 25 January 2016
Department for Transport
Cycling: Accidents
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate the number of deaths and serious injuries of cyclists that were attributable to poorly-maintained local roads since 2010.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 02 February 2016

There were 211 pedal cyclist KSIs (killed or seriously injured casualties) in reported road accidents allocated the contributory factor “Poor or Defective road surface” on local roads (for England) or all non-motorway roads (for Scotland and Wales) from 2010 to 2014. A local road has been defined as a road maintained by the local authority. The following table shows the totals for each of the separate years:

GB

A1

B

Other2

Total

2010

10

3

17

30

2011

13

9

23

45

2012

11

6

27

44

2013

10

7

22

39

2014

16

8

29

53

Total

60

33

118

211

1 Includes A roads maintained by Transport Scotland and the Welsh Government.

2 Includes C and unclassified roads.

The contributory factors reflect the reporting officer’s opinion at the time of reporting and are not necessarily the result of extensive investigation. Moreover it is recognised that subsequent enquires could lead to the reporting officer changing their opinion. It is important to note where some factors may have contributed to a cause of an accident it may be difficult for a police officer attending the scene after the accident has occurred to identify these factors.

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(Houghton and Sunderland South)
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Asked on: 25 January 2016
Department for Transport
Bus Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2015 to Question 19489, when the Buses Bill will be introduced into Parliament.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 02 February 2016

The Buses Bill is currently being drafted. The precise time of its introduction will be dependent on Parliamentary business.

Q
Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
Asked on: 25 January 2016
Department for Transport
Midland Main Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the extent and effectiveness of wifi and telephone signal coverage on the Midland Mainline route.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 02 February 2016

On all Department for Transport-controlled rail franchises, in England and Wales, free Wi-Fi is being introduced. All train operators bidding for new franchises and direct award agreements will have to present a phased implementation plan for free Wi-Fi. Currently c30% of train carriages operating within the DfT controlled franchises and serving c50% of rail passenger journeys have Wi-Fi available. We have committed that 90% of passenger journeys will benefit from free Wi-Fi by the end of 2018.

East Midlands Trains is upgrading its Wi-Fi services, on approximately 70% of their trains, to deliver at least 15 minutes free wi-fi to passengers travelling in standard class by Autumn 2016.

Reliability and availability of mobile broadband and telephone services on trains can be an issue, partly due to physical barriers to radio signals reaching the railway track, include railway cuttings and tunnels and due to signal weakening, called attenuation, caused by train carriage walls and windows.

On-train Wi-Fi addresses some of the reliability issues as will the ongoing roll-out of the 4G networks by mobile network operators. However we recognise that there is more to do that will require enhancements to trackside infrastructure. That’s why we are working with the rail and telecommunications industries to reach a shared understanding of the technical and commercial challenges, and seek out potential solutions.

Our current assessment forecasts that between 68% and 85% of the UK rail network will have 4G mobile network coverage by the end of 2017. There is no separate assessment of the Midlands Mainline route.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 25 January 2016
Department for Transport
Rolling Stock
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress his Department has made on implementing plans for new Intercity Express Programme and Thameslink rolling stock.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 02 February 2016

Both rolling stock programmes are on schedule with the first trains for each undergoing testing on the network as planned. Thameslink trains will enter passenger service this spring and IEP trains will enter service on the Great Western Main Line from 2017 and the East Coast Main Line from 2018. The investment in infrastructure together with these fleets of modern trains will deliver increased peak time capacity, reliability and improved connections that will transform journeys for passengers on routes in the South East, through London and out to Scotland and Wales.

Q
Asked by Steve McCabe
(Birmingham, Selly Oak)
Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Roads: Safety
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effect of changes in local authority funding announced in the Autumn Statement and Spending Review 2015 on road safety strategies in local authorities.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 02 February 2016

Local authorities are responsible for road safety on the local road network.

They are required by statute to promote road safety which will involve undertaking collision/casualty data analysis and to devise programmes, including engineering and road user education, training and publicity that will improve road safety.

It is up to individual authorities to determine how they meet their “statutory duty”.

Following the 2015 Spending Review the Government will continue to provide funding through the Integrated Transport block for local highway authorities to support small-scale initiatives, including road safety schemes. This funding is not ring-fenced and gives local authorities the freedom to develop and implement solutions which best suit their localities. Funding for local safety schemes is also available through both the Local Growth Fund and the Government’s Cycle City Ambition Grants.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Cycling
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding for cycling (a) London and (b) each of the cities which received Cycle City Ambition Grants received in 2014-15; and what the average level of such funding other areas received in that period.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 02 February 2016

CYCLE FUNDING FOR LONDON

The Department for Transport provides the Greater London Authority with a substantial transport grant for Transport for London (TfL). It is for TfL and ultimately the Mayor of London to decide how best to prioritise spending the grant.

CYCLING CITY FUNDING

CYCLING CITIES GRANT RECIPIENTS

Region

2013/14 capital (£m)

2014/15 capital (£m)

Total Funding Allocation for 2014-15 (£m)

Newcastle City Council

North East

5.7

-

5.7

Cambridgeshire County Council

East of England

2.2

1.9

4.1

Bristol City Council

South West

1.6

6.2

7.8

Manchester (Transport for Greater Manchester)

North West

20.0

-

20.0

Birmingham City Council

West Midlands

17.0

-

17.0

West Yorkshire ITA (covering Leeds and Bradford)

Yorkshire and the Humber

18.1

-

18.1

Norwich City Council

East of England

1.1

2.6

3.7

Oxfordshire County Council

South East

-

0.8

0.8

Total Cities Grants

65.6m

11.5m

77.2m

In 2014-15 the Department for Transport awarded the Cycling Cities Ambition grants to improve and develop cycling facilities and infrastructure. Some of the cities received their funding upfront in 2013-14 under the Cities Deal arrangement. Only four cities received funding in 2014-15.

REGIONAL FUNDING

REGIONS RECEIVING CYCLE FUNDING

2014/15 – DfT £m

2014/15 - Total (DfT + Local Contribution) £m

East Midlands

3.6

13.4

East of England

4.7

19.3

North East

4.3

17.5

North West

8.7

34.1

South East

10.0

37.8

South West

8.1

37.1

West Midlands

7.3

25.7

Yorkshire & Humber

5.3

28.2

Total Regions Average Funding

52.0m

213.1m

The 2014-15 figures include some funding streams, such as the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, which benefit a range of locations across England and cannot be easily disaggregated. The figures above therefore contain elements of funding which also benefit the eight cycle cities.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Cycling and Walking
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 66 of his Department's Road Investment Strategy Investment Plan, how much of the five ring-fenced investment funds totalling £675 million has been allocated to cycling and walking infrastructure projects.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 02 February 2016

Highways England has committed to provide a safer, integrated and more accessible strategic road network for cyclists and other vulnerable road users such as pedestrians. Through the first Road Investment Strategy for Highways England, £175 million has been made available between 2015 and 2020 to improve the safety of the Strategic Road Network and improve conditions for cyclists and other road users.

The Highways England delivery plan states that £78 million will be used to improve conditions for those cycling alongside and crossing the Strategic Road Network.

The remaining £97 million will be used to enhance the safety of our network, with £20 million of this specifically targeted at improving facilities to provide a more accessible and integrated network, which will also benefit pedestrians.

Q
(Luton South)
Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Thameslink Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to transfer services operated by Govia Thameslink Railway to Transport for London.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 02 February 2016

As announced on 21 January, (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/transport-secretary-and-mayor-set-out-vision-for-rail-travel-across-london-and-the-south-east) we launched a prospectus with regard to the future of rail passenger services in London and the South East. The prospectus included a number of proposals, one of which is the transfer of responsibility for inner suburban services that operate mostly or wholly within Greater London to Transport for London when the current franchises are due for renewal. This could include inner suburban rail services currently operated by Govia Thameslink Railway.

These are still proposals and no decisions have been made nor plans drawn up. Our key focus now is to seek the views of stakeholders including Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities and other local bodies before plans are drawn up. The deadline for our consultation is 18 March.

Q
(Nottingham South)
[N]
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Asked on: 28 January 2016
Department for Transport
Railways: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department's financial contribution is to Transport for London related to its decision to raise the cost of regulated rail fares in London by the rate of the Retail Price Index.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 02 February 2016

The 2015 Spending Review settlement confirmed that the Government will be providing around £11 billion of support to Transport for London (TfL) over the period from 2015/16 to 2020/21. In determining the overall amount of support for TfL, my Department and HM Treasury took into account a wide range of factors, including TfL’s likely income from rail fares.

Q
Asked by Jim McMahon
(Oldham West and Royton)
[N]
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Asked on: 28 January 2016
Department for Transport
Manchester Metrolink
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will meet the hon. Member for Oldham West and Royton and local authority officials to discuss the proposal for an Ashton Loop Line and Middleton Spur extension to Greater Manchester's Metrolink tram system.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 02 February 2016

If the hon Member contacts my departmental office I would of course be happy to consider his request in the normal way.

Q
(Nottingham South)
[N]
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Asked on: 28 January 2016
Department for Transport
Railways: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the statement on page 1 of Network Rail's report, Replanning the Investment Programme, published on 25 November 2015, that there will be a reduction in renewals activity in Control Period 5, what renewal works Network Rail intends to defer into Control Period 6; and what the planned expenditure was on those works in Control Period 5.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 02 February 2016

The Office of Rail and Road’s Final Determination for Control Period 5[1] assumed that Network Rail would spend £12.1bn on renewals between 2014-2019. Network Rail is reviewing its plans for the coming financial year and will publish an updated Delivery Plan in March containing detailed forward plans for the delivery of operations, maintenance and renewals up to 2019.

[1] http://orr.gov.uk/publications/reports/final-determination

Q
Asked by Dan Jarvis
(Barnsley Central)
Asked on: 22 January 2016
Department for Transport
London Underground: Disability
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans are in place to provide more step-free access at London Underground stations.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 01 February 2016

Transport is a devolved matter in London and therefore the responsibility of the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL).

In October 2014 the Mayor announced an extra £76 million partnership fund for step-free access schemes where contributions can be found from developers and other third parties, including the boroughs. TfL is carrying out a review of all accessible information, and will be working with disabled people, and the organisations that represent them, to ensure their feedback is incorporated into any improvements.

Q
(Newcastle upon Tyne East)
Asked on: 25 January 2016
Department for Transport
Flood Control: Roads
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that water companies and local authorities have sufficient capacity to keep water gulleys clear of blockages since the recent floods in England; and what information his Department collects from such authorities about the scheduling of such work.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 01 February 2016

The Department for Transport wrote to local highway authorities in England in October 2015 reminding them ahead of the winter season to ensure drains and gullies that fall under their responsibility are inspected and cleaned in order to help reduce the risk of surface water flooding. A copy of this letter can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/472041/151027-andrew-jones-letter-salt.pdf

The Department for Transport also endorses “Well maintained Highways” the code of practice on highway maintenance published by the UK Roads Liaison Group. The code explains that it is the responsibility of local highway authorities to ensure that water gulleys are clear of blockages, particularly in areas susceptible to flooding and advises that drainage systems should be free of obstructions at all times and recommends an appropriate inspection and cleansing regime to deliver this. In addition it makes it clear the frequency of emptying will also depend upon the location, extent of tree cover, level of rainfall, the extent of kerbing and the frequency of sweeping.

The Department for Transport does not collect information from either authorities or water companies as the inspection and cleansing regime is entirely an operational matter for them.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 25 January 2016
Department for Transport
Cycling
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase cycling among (a) women and (b) older people.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 01 February 2016

The Government remains committed to its manifesto target to double the number of journeys made by bicycle. In order to achieve this, all potential cyclists’ needs must be considered, including women and older people.

The Government recently reaffirmed its commitment to cycling and walking, with SR2015 announcing funding support of over £300m. In addition, Highways England has committed to provide a safer, integrated and more accessible strategic road network for cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

By improving existing cycle provision and ensuring that cyclists are considered when designing and building new infrastructure then our roads will be more appealing to cyclists of all ages and ability.

The Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, to be published in summer 2016, will fully explain the Government’s investment strategy for cycling and walking.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 25 January 2016
Department for Transport
Cycling
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent analysis his Department has made of levels of cycling among different age and gender groups.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 01 February 2016

The number of cycle trips per person per year for different age and gender groups are given in the table (based on data for England in 2014) are given in the table.

Males

Females

All people

0-16

22

6

14

17-20

30

5

18

21-29

33

13

23

30-39

33

16

25

40-49

38

10

24

50-59

29

11

20

60-69

22

6

14

70+

14

2

7

All ages

28

9

18

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 25 January 2016
Department for Transport
Cycling
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data his Department holds on the correlation between cycle usage and household income.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 01 February 2016

The number of cycle trips and distance cycled per person per year for different household income levels (based on data for households in England in 2014) are given in the table.

Real household income quintile

Lowest real income level

Second level

Third level

Fourth level

Highest real income level

All income levels

Cycle trips per person per year

21

15

15

18

21

18

Distance cycled (miles) per person per year

50

46

43

64

88

58

Q
(Rutherglen and Hamilton West)
Asked on: 25 January 2016
Department for Transport
Air Passenger Duty: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Scottish Government on the transfer of air passenger duty to that government.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 01 February 2016

No such discussion have taken place. Decisions on taxation, including Air Passenger Duty, are of course a matter for HM Treasury.

Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 25 January 2016
Department for Transport
M60: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Topical Transport Question to him on 10 December 2015, Official Report, column 1129, on traffic noise on the M60 effecting the residents of Thompson Close, Denton, whether he will meet with the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish to discuss this case.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 01 February 2016

Highways England representatives met with the Hon. Member on 22 January 2016 to discuss the possibility of mitigating the effect of noise from traffic using the M60 Motorway adjacent to Thompson Close. As Roads Minister I am happy to meet with the Hon. Member to discuss the position further.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 25 January 2016
Department for Transport
Bus Services: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2015 to Question 17180, how many discussions he has had each year since 2010 with the Senior Traffic Commissioner and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency on bus punctuality enforcement issues.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 01 February 2016

Departmental Ministers and officials have held meetings with the Senior Traffic Commissioner and with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency since 2010, but the precise number going back to 2010 including bus enforcement punctuality issues is not calculable. It is worth mentioning that bus punctuality has improved, for example the punctuality of non-frequent bus services (i.e. services that run less than six times per hour) has improved from 80% in 2009/10 to 83% in 2014/15.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Cycling
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to monitor and evaluate levels of cycling and attitudes to cycling in (a) London, (b) the Cycle Cities and (c) the rest of the UK.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 01 February 2016

Transport is largely a devolved matter in the UK, and the delivery of scheme-level monitoring and evaluation is the responsibility of the transport authority implementing the intervention. In London, transport is the responsibility of the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL). The Department has no direct involvement and therefore does not undertake monitoring and evaluation of cycling levels or attitudes in London; this work is the responsibility of Transport for London.

Outside of London, there are a number of work-streams that the Department is involved in which directly or indirectly monitor uptake of and / or attitudes to cycling. These are listed below. Much of this monitoring and evaluation work applies to England only; where the work expands geographically, this is clarified below.

  • The Department is working with the Eight Cycle Cities on the Cycling Ambition to capture evidence on levels of cycling and attitudes to cycling.

  • Active Lives Survey (formerly known as the Active People Survey) publishes data on cycling by adults in England. This is available at Local Authority level, and DfT is currently funding a temporary boost in numbers of people completing the survey in Cambridge, Norwich and Oxford.

  • On attitudes to cycling, we fund a specific transport module on the British Social Attitudes survey.

  • The National Travel Survey (NTS) also captures information on uptake of cycling. From 2013 onwards, the National Travel Survey has covered England only.

  • The Department will deliver an analysis of programme-level findings (also known as a ‘meta-analysis’) from the twelve Large Projects from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) 2011 -15. We estimate around a third of LSTF funding is invested in cycling interventions. An interim meta-analysis was published in November 2015 and a final meta-analysis is due Spring 2017.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Cycling and Walking
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will undertake a survey of existing cycling and walking infrastructure in English local authorities.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 01 February 2016

On a local level, provision of cycling and walking infrastructure is for local authorities. The Department encourages them to ensure cycling and walking are considered as part of the process of planning new development. The Government will continue to support sustainable transport with a new £580 million ‘Access’ fund. This will build on the legacy of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and support growth in both cycling and walking.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Cycling: Safety
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's press release of 13 January 2016, entitled Transport sector all geared up for winter weather, what plans his Department has to ensure safety of cyclists in the event of bad weather.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 01 February 2016

We would advise all road users including cyclists to take extra care when cycling in wet or icy conditions. In particular when it is icy, cyclists should to stick to treated roads wherever possible.

The responsibility for the treatment and maintenance of the road network rests with the relevant highway authority. Section 41a of the Transport Act 1980 as amended, places highway authorities “under a duty to ensure as far as is reasonably practicable, that safe passage along a highway is not endangered by snow and ice”.

In this respect, in October last year I wrote to the leaders of all local highway authorities reminding them of their responsibilities regarding preparation for winter and the need for robust contingency plans in place to mitigate against any significant weather we may encounter over the winter period.

The Department for Transport (DfT) also continues to play its part to ensure we stay through the 2015/16 winter season well prepared. This includes continuing to maintain a substantial national emergency salt reserve, first set up by the Coalition government, and having a robust distribution process in place, if for any reason this salt of last resort is needed to be allocated.

The Department has also published a small amount of additional guidance for highway authorities in Local Transport Note 1/12 “Shared Use Routes for Cyclists and Pedestrians”.

Q
(Hornsey and Wood Green)
Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Pedestrians: Accidents
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce accidents involving pedestrians and (a) cyclists, (b) motorcyclists, (c) cars and (d) heavy goods vehicles.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 01 February 2016

The Government has a Manifesto commitment to reduce the number of cyclists and other road users killed or injured on our roads every year. The British Road Safety Statement, published on 21 December 2015, sets out the Government’s vision, values and priorities for improving the safety of Britain’s roads for all road users.

The Government is committed to cycling and walking and making it easier for people to choose them as sustainable travel options. The Government laid an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill that would place into law a commitment of the Government to produce a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS). On 17 December 2015, the Government published a CWIS overview document outlining the timescales and work plan for production of the various elements of the investment strategy which is online on GOV.UK The full CWIS is due to be published this year. By ensuring that cycling and walking are the first consideration of any new street design or maintenance programme, we will ensure our streets are safer for our most vulnerable road users.

My Department issued revised guidance in January 2013 aimed mainly at local traffic authorities who are responsible for setting speed limits on local roads. Traffic authorities are asked to keep their speed limits under review with changing circumstances, and to consider the introduction of more 20 miles per hour limits and zones, over time, in urban areas and built-up village streets that are primarily residential, to ensure greater safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

Q
(Totnes)
Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Roads: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to use the (a) £175 million cycling, safety and integration fund and (b) £75 million air quality investment fund referred to in the Government's Road Investment Strategy for the period 2015-16 to 2019-20.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 01 February 2016

a) £175 million cycling, safety and integration fund

Highways England is developing a programme of initiatives to improve the safety of the network and to also improve facilities for cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians, identifying further opportunities for improved integration with wider transport networks such as Park & Ride.

This fund supports their ambition to reduce the number of casualties on the strategic road network and encourage walking and cycling as an everyday mode of travel, as set out in the DfT Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.

(b) £75 million air quality investment fund referred to in the Government's Road Investment Strategy for the period 2015-16 to 2019-20.

Highways England’s Delivery Plan commits them to start 10 air quality pilot studies in the first 2 years of this road investment period.

These studies are designed to identify new and innovative solutions that will be funded using the air quality designated fund, to improve air quality alongside the strategic road network and support delivery of the major improvement schemes identified in the Road Investment Strategy.

Highways England’s work in relation to air quality, and the use of the £75million air quality designated fund (2015 – 20), is in support of the Government’s National Air Quality Plan.

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(Lincoln)
[N]
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Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Post Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what savings have been made as a result of the seven-year contract awarded to the Post Office by the DVLA on 1 April 2013 in each financial year.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 01 February 2016

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency saved £18.5m in 2013-14 and £17.0m in 2014-15 as a result of its contract with Post Office Ltd.

Q
(Lincoln)
[N]
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Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions vehicle owners have been fined for failing to pay for their vehicle tax since October 2014.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 01 February 2016

Since October 2014, 916,558 fines and penalties have been issued to keepers of vehicles that have been identified as being unlicensed.

Q
(Lincoln)
[N]
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Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much vehicle owners have been fined for failing to pay for their vehicle tax since October 2014.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 01 February 2016

The table below shows the amount of revenue collected in fines and penalties for failure to pay vehicle excise duty since October 2014:

1 October 2014 – 31 March 2015

Late Licensing Penalties

£3.9m

Out of Court Settlements

£4.6m

Wheelclamping fees

£3.6m

The figures for 1 April 2015 to 31 December 2015 are interim figures and have not yet been audited so are not shown.

Q
(Lincoln)
[N]
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Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what savings his Department has made from ending the paper vehicle tax disc.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 01 February 2016

In the first six months following the abolition of the tax disc between 1 October 2014 and 31 March 2015, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency saved £4.2m. The savings for financial year 2015/16 are not yet available.

Q
(Nottingham South)
[N]
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Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Railways: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2016 to Question 22808, what Network Rail maintenance, renewal or enhancement works that were planned to be carried out under blockade the 2015-16 Christmas and New Year period were deferred.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 01 February 2016

Detailed information of this kind is an operational matter for Network Rail.

Q
(Lincoln)
[N]
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Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the value is of refunds unclaimed by people who sold their vehicles but then failed to apply for a refund of vehicle tax since 2010.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 01 February 2016

Prior to October 2014 motorists could apply for a refund or transfer the vehicle licence to the new keeper of the vehicle. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) does not hold information about how many keepers chose not to claim a refund. Since vehicle excise duty was made non-transferable in October 2014, vehicle keepers no longer have to apply for a refund. This is issued automatically when the DVLA is notified of the sale of a vehicle.

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(Nottingham South)
[N]
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Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Railways: Tickets
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many railway stations in Great Britain were equipped with ITSO-compliant smartcard readers on the most recent date for which figures are available; and how many ITSO-compliant smartcards had been issued by (a) South Eastern, (b) Govia Thameslink Railway, (c) c2c, (d) Greater Anglia, (e) London Midland, (f) East Midland Trains and (g) Great Western Railway on the most recent date for which figures are available.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 01 February 2016

There are currently 718 railway stations in England that are equipped with at least one ITSO-compliant smartcard reader. The devolved administrations are responsible for Scotland and Wales respectively.

The Government does not hold figures for how many ITSO-compliant smartcards have been issued by train operating companies as this is a commercial matter for them.

Q
(Nottingham South)
[N]
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Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Cycling
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the oral contribution of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of 19 January 2016, Official Report, column 1364, what the evidential basis is for his statement that his Department will go further still in raising cycling spending per head.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 01 February 2016

Under the previous Government, spend on cycling increased to £6 per head from the £2 inherited in 2010. This Government has made clear its intention to make this country a cycling nation and our commitment to the publication of a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy is evidence of our support to go further in supporting cycling on a longer term basis. The strategy will set out our objectives, activities and the funding available for cycling and walking in England in the long term and will be published in the summer following a consultation in spring.

We are also going further by making sure that provision for cyclists is now embedded into wider transport programs.

Through the Road Investment Strategy, Highways England has committed to provide a safer, integrated and more accessible strategic road network for cyclists and other vulnerable road users, with a plan to invest £100m between 2015/16 and 2020/21 to improve provision for cyclists on and around the strategic road network.

At a local level, a record £6 billion is being allocated to local authorities between 2015 and 2021 for road maintenance, and from 2018/19 the plan is to change the allocation formula so that it takes into account footways and cycleways as well as the roads, bridges and street lighting that it is currently based on. Once implemented, around 9% of the funding will be based on footway and cycleway lengths.

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(East Londonderry)
[N]
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Asked on: 27 January 2016
Department for Transport
Rescue Services: Irish Sea
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on staffing levels at coastguard stations in the Irish Sea.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 01 February 2016

The new National Network for Her Majesty’s Coastguard became fully operational in December 2015.

Coastguard centres within this network do not have fixed geographic boundaries; the network enables workload and incidents to be managed on a national rather than centre-by-centre basis. Workload is moved around the network to balance local demand against a national workforce.

Q
Asked by Julian Knight
(Solihull)
Asked on: 21 January 2016
Department for Transport
Volkswagen
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Government will take steps to prevent insurance companies increasing premiums for owners of Volkswagen vehicles affected by the emissions scandal.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 29 January 2016

Motor insurers base their decision on whether to insure drivers and their vehicles, along with what premium to charge, by making an assessment of the risk involved. However, vehicle emissions are not regarded by insurers as a material factor they would normally take into consideration when setting a premium.

Q
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 21 January 2016
Department for Transport
Driving: Licensing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward proposals to require the DVLA immediately to (a) suspend the driving licences of people suspected to have drug-related seizures and (b) require such people to undergo medical tests before their suspension can be lifted.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 29 January 2016

The law allows the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to revoke a driving licence after appropriate medical investigations have been carried out. In cases where a drug related seizure has been confirmed after medical investigations, the DVLA is able to immediately revoke a licence for a minimum of six months. The licence will only be restored when it has been confirmed that the driver has been free from drug misuse or dependence for an appropriate period. It will normally be necessary for independent medical assessment, including appropriate tests and consultant reports, to be carried out before the driving licence is restored.


Q
(Bristol North West)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 21 January 2016
Department for Transport
Aviation: Egypt
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the (a) Egyptian Ambassador and (b) Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on resuming flights to Sharm El Sheikh.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 29 January 2016

The Government is working closely with the Egyptian authorities with a view to a resumption of flights as soon as possible. Ministers are keeping the position under close review. There have also been regular contacts between the Government and the Egyptian Ambassador to the UK to discuss the situation.


Q
Asked by Henry Smith
(Crawley)
Asked on: 22 January 2016
Department for Transport
Roads: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding has been provided to local highways authorities for local road maintenance in (a) England and (b) West Sussex in the current financial year.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 29 January 2016

The Department is providing councils in England, outside London, with just under £6 billion between now and 2021 for highways maintenance. Details of the funding per financial year per authority in England can be seen at the following weblink:


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/highways-maintenance-funding-allocations-201516-to-202021


For West Sussex we are providing £13.7 million this financial year.

Q
Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 25 January 2016
Department for Transport
Railways: Franchises
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in what circumstances his Department can terminate the (a) Southern, (b) Thameslink and (c) GTR contracts early.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 29 January 2016

Whilst Southern and Thameslink are used as operating names by the franchisee, they are in fact part of the GTR franchise, which operates the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) Franchise.

Schedule 10.2 of the TSGN Franchise Agreement (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/488198/tsgn-franchise-agreement.pdf p.506) specifies how this franchise can be terminated by the Department.


Q
Asked by Nusrat Ghani
(Wealden)
Asked on: 25 January 2016
Department for Transport
Southern
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by how much revenue accruing to Southern Rail has increased owing to higher passenger numbers in each of the five most recent years for which data is available.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 29 January 2016

The published statutory accounts for Southern Railway Limited show the following Revenue figures for the period from 2010 to 2014. 2015 data is not yet available:


Year to 28th June 2014: £755m

Year to 29th June 2013:£705m

Year to 30th June 2012: £665m

Year to 2nd July 2011:£611m

Year to 3rd July 2010:£444m (part year – franchise commenced 20th September 2009)


These figures include passenger fares revenue, and income arising from third party rentals and subleases, and infrastructure access. Revenue increases include both price rises and increases in passenger numbers, however the latter is not separately identifiable.

Q
Asked by Liz McInnes
(Heywood and Middleton)
[N]
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Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Rail North
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when meetings have taken place between the Rail North board and his Department in the last six months; and what the subject of those meetings was.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 29 January 2016

On 21st December 2015, a meeting took place between Rail North Ltd Directors and the Department at which the two Project Directors presented the outcome of the Northern and TransPennine Express franchise competitions.

Q
Asked by Robert Flello
(Stoke-on-Trent South)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
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Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Electric Vehicles: Licensing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on an exemption from the European Commission on the Directive 2006/125/EC on driving licences to enable electric vehicles over 3.5 tonnes to be driven on a B licence.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 29 January 2016

The UK has not sought an exemption from Directive 2006/126/EC to enable electric vehicles over 3.5 tonnes to be driven on a Category B licence. Any driver that holds a full category B licence issued before 1 January 1997 has a “grandfather right” to drive vehicles in category C1 – not for hire and reward. We will continue to monitor the situation.

Q
Asked by Liz McInnes
(Heywood and Middleton)
[N]
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Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Railways: North of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what rail routes are planned to be designated driver controlled operation in the Northern Franchise.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 29 January 2016

This is an operational matter for the new franchisee to discuss with its staff and their trade union representatives after they have taken over the franchise on 1st April.

Q
Asked by Liz McInnes
(Heywood and Middleton)
[N]
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Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Rail North
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether meetings of Rail North will be held in public.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 29 January 2016

Whether Rail North holds its meetings in public is a matter for that organisation.

Q
Asked by Liz McInnes
(Heywood and Middleton)
[N]
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Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Railways: North of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what involvement Rail North will have in designating which routes are driver controlled operation in the Northern Franchise.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 29 January 2016

Rail North will not have a role in designating which routes are driver controlled operation in the Northern Franchise.

Q
(Orkney and Shetland)
Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Tugboats: Scottish Islands
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received about the future of the emergency towing vessels in the Northern Isles; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 29 January 2016

I have received a number of representations from those in Scotland with an interest in the future provision of an Emergency Towing Vessel operating from the Northern Isles.


The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is hosting a meeting in Edinburgh on 10 February to consultwith interested parties on the need and scope of putting alternative towing arrangements in place beyond 31 March 2016.


Q
(Belfast East)
[N]
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Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Driving: Licensing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2016 to Question 23014, what assessment he has made of the disbenefits to drivers resident in Northern Ireland of not being able to use the online facility to change the address on their driving licence; and if he will take steps to extend this facility to Northern Ireland.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 29 January 2016

No assessment has been made. Driver licensing in Northern Ireland is a devolved matter and is the responsibility of the Northern Ireland Executive. The provision of online driver licensing systems for motorists in Northern Ireland is a matter for the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland.

Q
(Coventry South)
[N]
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Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Railways: Tickets
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure that rail commuters have greater access to the cheapest available tickets (a) on the day they travel and (b) when booking in advance; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 29 January 2016

We recognise the pressure on hardworking families and have put a stop to increases in regulated fares until 2020, extending the cap on rail fares which we regulate introduced in 2014. This will save the average season ticket holder £425 in this Parliament and means average earnings are outstripping rail fare increases for the first time in a decade. We are also taking a number of steps that will make it easier for people to obtain the best value ticket for their journey. We have committed to introducing more flexible tickets for people who work or commute part-time, which could enable customers to buy discounted advance carnet-style tickets. Arriva Trains Wales and Great Northern already offer flexible products and both GTR and c2c have commitments to introduce more flexible tickets on their smartcards.


The evidence also shows that advance fares, which can offer good value for people who are able to book in advance, are a key rail success of recent years where we have seen huge growth. Unregulated advance tickets have increased from 8% of revenue in 2007/08 to 15% of revenue in 2014/15.


In December 2014, I challenged the rail industry to improve the information they provide through ticket vending machines. The industry has responded positively with a code of practice on retail information published in March 2015. Most train operators now have actions underway and complete, including providing new messages on screens and improved availability of off-peak tickets through vending machines. The Department continues to monitor progress closely in this area.



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Asked by Karl Turner
(Kingston upon Hull East)
[N]
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Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Merchant Shipping: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the rate of compliance on routes from (a) Hull and (b) in the North Sea with lower sulphur dioxide emission limit for merchant vessels which came into force on 1 January 2015.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 29 January 2016

There are no figures for 2015.


However, since 1 January 2016 the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has inspected 34 ships within the North Sea Sulphur Emission Control for compliance with the lower 0.1 per cent sulphur limit. Eleven of these ships had fuel samples taken and analysed, and one ship was found to be marginally non-compliant.


The one ship that was inspected and had its fuel sampled at the port of Hull was found to be within the limit.



Q
Asked by Karl Turner
(Kingston upon Hull East)
[N]
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Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Merchant Shipping: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of lower sulphur dioxide emission limits for merchant vessels in force from 1 January 2015 on (a) seafarer employment and (b) passenger and freight services (i) from Hull and (ii) in the North Sea.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 29 January 2016

The fall in oil prices means that the cost to the industry of complying with the 0.1 per cent sulphur limit is much lower than predicted. For the time being, these environmental rules do not appear to pose any significant obstacle to growth and employment to ships operating in the North Sea.

Q
Asked by Lucy Allan
(Telford)
Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Traffic Lights: Telford
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to reduce the number of traffic lights at roundabouts in Telford.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 29 January 2016

Provision of traffic lights is the responsibility of the local traffic authority, in this case Telford and Wrekin Council. It is for them to decide if lights are required at junctions on their network, taking into account local circumstances such as accident records, traffic flows and road layout. The Department does not intervene in local matters such as this.


The Department recommends local authorities regularly review sites to ensure the use of signal control is still appropriate, revising timings as needed and removing signals where possible.


Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Shipping: Training
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the recommendations for increasing the training and employment of UK seafarers in the Maritime Futures report by Professor Helen Sampson of Cardiff University, published in January 2015.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 29 January 2016

A number of recommendations made within the Maritime Futures report were put forward in the call for evidence for the Department’s Maritime Growth Study and the Department has taken forward a number of those.


The Department provides support for the training of officers and ratings through the £15m Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) scheme. A company or group which elects for the Tonnage Tax is required, each year, to recruit one new officer trainee for every fifteen officer posts in its fleet. Following a proposal from the UK Chamber of Shipping, RMT and Nautilus to allow companies to recruit and train three able seafarer ratings in place of one trainee officer, a pilot to allow ratings to be counted against the training commitment started on 1st October 2015.


Apprenticeships are at the heart of the Government’s drive to give people of all ages the skills employers need to grow and compete. Maritime is a key part of this with the Maritime Trailblazer which is employer led and has one approved standard for deck ratings and a further three in development for maritime mechanic, maritime caterer and onboard services.


The UK government’s position on island cabotage remains unchanged but this is kept under constant review. At present those providing such services remain significant employers of UK seafarers.


UK seafarers working for UK companies on a UK flagged vessel are not entitled to an exemption to national insurance payments. They may, however, benefit from the Seafarers Earning Reductions tax relief for income tax.


An ‘in personum’ approach to the application of national minimum wage is preferred as it ensures that those who are entitled to it will benefit. International law prevents the UK from interfering in the ‘internal market’ of a vessel, this includes wages, and is applicable to those vessels visiting or operating out of UK ports. HMRC is responsible for NMW enforcement and the government takes non-compliance of the legislation very seriously.


The Carter Report was commissioned under a previous administration and was already considered at the time of the drafting of the Equality Act 2011 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) 2012 regulations.


The Maritime Growth Study, chaired by Lord Mountevans, was published on 7 September 2015 and contained a number of recommendations for government and industry on skills, including to help maintain the UK’s future supply of seafarers. The Government formally respond to the Study in December 2015 accepting all the recommendations.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Shipping: Equality
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the working group conducting the Post Implementation Review of the Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011 was set up; and how many times that group has met.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 29 January 2016

The Working Group conducting the Post Implementation Review of the Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011 was created in June 2014 and has met three times.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Asked on: 26 January 2016
Department for Transport
Shipping: Minimum Wage
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the working group conducting the Post Implementation Review of the Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011 will make recommendations on the enforcement of the National Minimum Wage for seafarers employed on (a) UK and (b) non-UK registered vessels.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 29 January 2016

Although the working group had considered looking at National Minimum Wage (NMW) enforcement it was quickly recognised by all members of the group that due to international law this is a very complex area and that it would be more beneficial to discuss in a separate forum. It has been agreed in principle to convene a cross government and social partners working group to look at the application of national minimum wage in regard to seafarers. As the Department responsible for NMW legislation, this would be led by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).


The working group has reviewed the existing guidance produced by BIS for seafarers and it is expected that revised guidance, taking into account recommendations of the group, will be published in Spring 2016. The Nautilus Telegraph will also publicise the revised guidance. This is a respected publication produced by the officer’s union Nautilus International but widely read by all seafarer ranks.


I also understand from officials at RMT that they have recently had positive discussions with my Right Honourable Friend, the Minister of State for Skills and Equalities on the application of NMW to seafarers.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 20 January 2016
Department for Transport
Public Transport: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to co-ordinate steps to enhance public transport and accelerate the transition to ultra-low emission vehicles.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 28 January 2016

We have an ambitious programme of improvement for public transport. The Government is investing more than £38 billion in Network Rail to deliver the biggest programme of railway modernisation since the Victorian times, and backing Transport for the North and Midlands Connect to enable cities and regions. We are also supporting technology upgrades on transport networks to meet the expectations of the digital age and to deliver extra capacity.


We want nearly all cars and vans to be zero emission by 2050 and have committed more than £600 million between 2015 and 2020 to this goal, which is itself a substantial increase in funding compared to the previous Parliament. This investment will bring improvements to public transport as well. We have allocated £30m to support low emission buses, which will improve urban air quality, reduce running costs, and provide smoother more reliable journeys for passengers. We are supporting the installation of electric vehicle chargepoints at public transport hubs. 80 chargepoints have already been installed at train stations, and the £40m Go Ultra Low City Scheme includes plans for many more at strategic urban locations, such as park-and-ride sites, as well as measures to encourage EV car clubs. The low emission vehicle industry already supports over 18,000 UK jobs and it is a key element of our ambitions for a low carbon, high tech, high skills economy.

Q
Asked by Ben Howlett
(Bath)
Asked on: 20 January 2016
Department for Transport
Bus Services: Bicycles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2015 to Question 11881, if he will discuss with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency the reasons for that agency not approving the pilot scheme for bike racks on the front of buses in Bath in 2015.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 28 January 2016

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) rejected the pilot scheme because the design created significant additional hazards from the original bus design. These included both the structure of the bicycle rack when folded and deployed, projections of any bicycle on the rack, and a significant reduction of vision for the driver to the nearside front with a bicycle on the rack. These features were considered to increase significantly the likelihood of accidents and potential severity of pedestrian injury.


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(Sleaford and North Hykeham)
Asked on: 20 January 2016
Department for Transport
Aviation: South China Sea
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is aware of any occasion since 2010 on which the government of the People's Republic of China has sought to limit or exclude civilian aircraft registered in the UK from exercising freedom of navigation or passage rights over disputed areas of the South China Sea by that government.
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Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 28 January 2016

The Department for Transport is not aware of any occasion since 2010 on which the government of the People's Republic of China has sought to limit or exclude civilian aircraft registered in the UK from flying over any area of the South China Sea.

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(Cambridge)
Asked on: 20 January 2016
Department for Transport
Roads: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to section 3.3 of his recently published British Road Safety Statement, how the incentive element of local roads maintenance funding will operate.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 28 January 2016

Well-planned maintenance to prevent potholes and other defects forming on the roads is vital. Councils that do this well get better value for every pound spent and improve their customer satisfaction. So, from 2016/17, this Government is introducing incentive funding to help encourage local highway authorities to manage their road networks better and achieve greater efficiencies. I hope we reach a point where, through efficiencies and collaboration, every highway authority receives the maximum level of funding available.


The Department for Transport is providing record funding of over £6.1 billion funding to local highway authorities in England between 2015 and 2021 for local highways maintenance.


This is additional to the funding of over £4.7 billion the Government provided to local highway authorities between 2010 and 2015 for highways maintenance. Between 2010 to 2015 the maintenance funding was 27% or £1billion higher than in the previous five years.


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Asked by Ian C. Lucas
(Wrexham)
Asked on: 20 January 2016
Department for Transport
Manchester Airport: Railways
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 20950, which routes would offer greater benefits from the additional paths referred to in that answer than the proposal from Arriva Trains Wales.
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Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 28 January 2016

The successful bidder for the new Northern franchise has proposed new direct links between Manchester Airport and Bradford (via Rochdale, Halifax and the Calder Valley), and between Manchester Airport and Liverpool (via Warrington Central). It will be for the Office of Rail and Road to determine the allocation of scarce capacity to/from Manchester Airport between the competing potential uses.

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