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Asked by Lyn Brown
(West Ham)
Asked on: 20 July 2015
Department for Transport
Woodgrange Park Station
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to improve passenger services through Woodgrange Park rail station.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 11 September 2015

In the September 2013 Spending Review, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced funding to electrify the Barking to Gospel Oak line on which Woodgrange Park station is situated. Network Rail has already begun the extensive infrastructure work required to achieve this, and expects to complete the work in mid 2017. This upgrade will enable higher capacity electric trains to operate, facilitating more reliable services for passengers and freight, as well as reduced noise and pollution for line side neighbours.

Network Rail will also be working with Transport for London (TfL) to extend the platforms along the route. This means that London Overground will be able to operate new four-car electric trains as opposed to the current two-car diesel stock. TfL has now placed the order for the new trains and, following the route upgrade, it expects to introduce them onto the network from early 2018. This will almost double the passenger capacity of the existing service.

Q
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 20 July 2015
Department for Transport
Trolleybuses: Leeds
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of the proposed New Generation Trolleybus scheme in Leeds.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 11 September 2015

The most recent cost of the proposed New Generation Trolleybus scheme in Leeds as provided to this Department by the promoters, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, is £250 million.

Q
Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 20 July 2015
Department for Transport
Govia Thameslink Railway
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with Govia Thameslink Railway on the talks between London-based train operators and Transport for London aimed at sharing pay-as-you-go fares on suburban rail routes.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 11 September 2015

The Department for Transport is aware that discussions are taking place between train operating companies and Transport for London (TfL) about possible changes to Pay As You Go fares in London, however we await the outcome of these discussions which we are not party to.

Q
Asked by Mr Jamie Reed
(Copeland)
Asked on: 20 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railway Stations: Cumbria
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people use each train station in (a) Copeland and (b) Cumbria each year.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 11 September 2015

Estimates of the number of passengers using each station on the rail network are published on the Office of Rail Regulation’s website at the following link:

http://orr.gov.uk/statistics/published-stats/station-usage-estimates

The methodology for this data set has changed over time as improvements have been made, so the estimates from different years may not have been produced on a consistent basis. Details of the methodology changes made each year can be found in the accompanying reports.

Q
Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 20 July 2015
Department for Transport
Govia Thameslink Railway
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what role his Department has in setting fares on trains operated by Govia Thameslink Railway.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 11 September 2015

The Department for Transport’s role is setting the annual parameters for regulated fare increases. The train operating company (TOC) is obliged to set fares within the limits set by the Secretary of State.

Q
Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
Asked on: 20 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railways: Fares
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2015 to Question 4820 on railways: performance standards, what permission his Department has granted to Govia Thameslink Railway to (a) vary ticket prices and (b) enter into an agreement with Transport for London to share the same-pay-as-you-go fares on suburban rail routes in London.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 11 September 2015

The Department for Transport for (a) have not given Govia Thameslink Railway any permission to vary ticket prices, but for (b) there are agreements in place which govern Oyster/PAYG fares within the Travelcard area.

Q
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 20 July 2015
Department for Transport
Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle air pollution from road vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 11 September 2015

This Government is committed to tackling poor air quality. Our aim is for almost every car and van to be a zero emission vehicle by 2050.

£2 billion has been committed since 2011 to increase the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles, green transport initiatives and supporting local authorities to take action. These measures will help address both particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide roadside levels in pollution hotspots.

Q
(Poplar and Limehouse)
Asked on: 21 July 2015
Department for Transport
Ports: Planning Permission
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide guidance to local authorities considering planning applications for cruise terminals on the comparative merits of berthed cruise ships receiving energy supplies from onshore sources and generating their own energy from diesel fuel.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 11 September 2015

The National Policy Statement (NPS) for Ports (www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-policy-statement-for-ports), designated in 2012, includes guidance about onshore electricity supply at paragraphs 5.7.12ff. Although the NPS primarily addresses nationally significant infrastructure projects as defined under the Planning Act 2008, for which it has legal force, it also stands as potentially relevant guidance for the Marine Management Organisation and for local authorities when dealing with smaller ports projects.

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Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 21 July 2015
Department for Transport
Rolling Stock: North West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department had with Northern Rail on the use of the Class 37 rolling stock on the Carlisle-Barrow-Lancaster rail line.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 11 September 2015

The Department worked with both Northern and Transpennine Express (TPE) to develop a scheme to provide additional capacity in North-west England, which includes the use of the locomotives – and coaches – on the Cumbrian Coast line. The rolling stock provider, DRS, has chosen to use Class 37 locomotives. These trains provide additional capacity on this popular route and a new early morning service from Carlisle to Sellafield and Barrow-in-Furness. The project has enabled capacity to be increased on many TPE train services between Blackpool and Manchester.

Q
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 21 July 2015
Department for Transport
Midland Main Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the delayed electrification of the TransPennine rail route to planned upgrades to the Midland Mainline; and what contingency plans he has put in place to mitigate such effects.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 11 September 2015

There are no likely effects from pausing electrification of the TransPennine rail route to the planned upgrades to the Midland Mainline and therefore no contingency plans are required.

Q
Asked by Mrs Anne Main
(St Albans)
Asked on: 21 July 2015
Department for Transport
Aviation: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking as part of his Department's current review of noise policy to ensure that (a) tranquillity and (b) densely populated areas are clearly defined in Civil Aviation Authority guidance.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 11 September 2015

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) lead on airspace change and the process is set out in their publication CAP 725. The Department for Transport provide guidance to the CAA relating to the exercise of its air navigation functions. This sets out the Government’s position on flights over densely populated and tranquil areas. Any review of these publications would consider points made in consultation.

Q
(Poplar and Limehouse)
Asked on: 20 July 2015
Department for Transport
Shipping: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how his Department monitors and enforces International Maritime Organisation regulation on air quality in cities.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 10 September 2015

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is responsible for enforcing the UK legislation regulating pollutant emissions from ships, which implements Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (commonly known as the MARPOL Convention) that has been adopted by the International Maritime Organization. The Agency is not however, responsible for monitoring or enforcing air quality standards in our cities.

Ship emissions are estimated as part of the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI).  The inventory provides estimates of annual emissions from shipping from a range of sources, including domestic coastal shipping, inland waterways, UK fishing (both in UK waters and waters outside the UK), naval shipping, journeys between the UK and overseas territories.

A detailed description of the methodology used to produce estimates of UK shipping emissions can be found in the UK Informative Inventory Report (1990 to 2013), p.138 (http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/assets/documents/reports/cat07/1508131403_GB_IIR_2015_Final_v20.1_resubmission.pdf).

Q
(Birmingham, Hall Green)
Asked on: 20 July 2015
Department for Transport
Taxis: Assistance Animals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce licensing conditions for taxi drivers to ensure they will carry guide dogs and other assistance dogs.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 10 September 2015

The Equality Act 2010 includes a legal requirement for all taxi and private hire vehicle drivers to carry assistance dogs and not to charge more for doing so. Local licensing authorities are able to take appropriate action in the event that licensed drivers fail to comply with this duty.

Q
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 20 July 2015
Department for Transport
Trolleybuses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the Inquiry Inspector's report following the public inquiry into the New Generation Trolleybus scheme; and when he plans to make a further announcement on that scheme.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 10 September 2015

The Inspector who held an inquiry into this scheme between April and October last year submitted an extensive report to the Department on 29 July 2015. We are giving the report careful consideration and will publish it with a fully reasoned decision letter as soon as reasonably possible. Given the complex issues involved in this case it is too early to predict when that will be.

Q
(Poplar and Limehouse)
Asked on: 20 July 2015
Department for Transport
Unmanned Air Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has been made of the implications for his Department's policies of the increase in the number of privately owned drones and its effects on safety for civil aviation.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 10 September 2015

The Government recognises that this emerging technology has great opportunities for the UK. However the Government is aware that there have been a few incidents that have caused some concerns to other commercial air traffic.

The Civil Aviation Authority has recently launched a publicity campaign called "You have control. Be safe! Be legal!’’ which is aimed at raising awareness of the general public, at the point of purchase, about their responsibilities as the unmanned aircraft operator.

In addition to this a cross-government working group is currently engaged in a piece of work that is looking at the risks posed by drones to commercial civil aviation. The results of this work will inform our understanding of the scale of the problem and what steps need to be taken to mitigate these risks.

Q
Asked by Imran Hussain
(Bradford East)
Asked on: 21 July 2015
Department for Transport
Transport: North of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with (a) Transport for London and (b) transport authorities in other countries on establishing Transport for the North.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 10 September 2015

Transport for the North (TfN) was formed out of the One North initiative. TfN was established by the cities in the north for the people of the north to work in partnership with Government. Ministers and Officials have held discussions with a wide range of stakeholders, including those from outside of the UK, on the role of TfN. However, it is not for Government to impose its will on the region, but to work with the region to drive economic growth.

Q
Asked by Marcus Fysh
(Yeovil)
Asked on: 21 July 2015
Department for Transport
A303: Bypasses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to improve the safety of the Ilminster bypass on the A303; and if he will direct the Highways Agency to revisit this matter in the light of recent serious accidents on that road.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 10 September 2015

Highways England is currently designing safety schemes to improve safety at both roundabouts at either end of the Ilminster By-pass. The Road Investment Strategy also announced, in addition to the schemes on the A303 to be taken forward in the period up to 2020/21, the Government’s intention to up-grade the A303 in subsequent road investment periods, post-2020, which will include the up-grade of the Ilminster By-pass to a dual carriageway, which will aim to further improve safety.

I do however offer my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives or were seriously injured in the collisions on the Ilminster By-pass in July 2015.

These collisions are still under Police investigation and until concluded it would be inappropriate to speculate on causes and subsequent improvements to that stretch of road. It is important to base decisions on evidence and Highways England will work with partner agencies to further reduce casualties on our roads in light of the evidence as it emerges.

Q
Asked by Clive Lewis
(Norwich South)
Asked on: 21 July 2015
Department for Transport
National Air Traffic Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department policy is on retaining the Government's stake in National Air Traffic Service Holdings; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 10 September 2015

In 2012, following a call for evidence to explore the options for the future of the government’s 49% shareholding in NATS, the government announced that it planned to retain its share in NATS Holdings. However, as with all government held assets, the government continues to keep ownership options under review.

Grouped Questions: 8267
Q
Asked by Clive Lewis
(Norwich South)
Asked on: 21 July 2015
Department for Transport
National Air Traffic Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether an official in his Department has examined the feasibility of (a) partially and (b) wholly selling his Department's share of National Air Traffic Service Holdings.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 10 September 2015

In 2012, following a call for evidence to explore the options for the future of the government’s 49% shareholding in NATS, the government announced that it planned to retain its share in NATS Holdings. However, as with all government held assets, the government continues to keep ownership options under review.

Grouped Questions: 8268
Q
(Preston)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 17 July 2015
Department for Transport
Department for Transport: Bees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many bee hives are sited on land owned by his Department.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 08 September 2015

There are two bee hives sited on land owned by the Department.

Q
(Nottingham South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 20 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railways: North of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 21015 to Question 7026, what the cost-benefit ratio was for North TransPennine electrification programme on the most recent date for which figures are available; and what the cost-benefit ratio was for North TransPennine electrification programme when combined with track improvements on that date.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 07 September 2015

As reported previously in the Answer of 13 July 2015 to Question 5807 and the Answer of 14 July 2015 to Question 7026 by my Hon Friend, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, the Hon Member for Devizes (Claire Perry), the initial work on the North Transpennine electrification business case comprises a range of scenarios. The latest assessment of the benefit cost ratio for electrification alone showed it was poor value for money but when it is combined with track improvements to provide faster journeys and more frequent services, it has the potential to be high value for money. There are no further updates to that answer at this time.

Q
(Nottingham South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 20 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railway Stations: Capital Investment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 21015 to Question 6468, when the new round of bidding to the New Station Fund will (a) begin and (b) conclude.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 07 September 2015

We are working hard to design the bidding process for the New Stations Fund and will announce the deadlines for the fund shortly.

Q
(Luton North)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 July 2015
Department for Transport
Freight: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much and what proportion of its expenditure the Mode Shift Revenue Support scheme granted to (a) rail and (b) maritime freight operators in each year since 2009-10.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 07 September 2015


Mode Shift Revenue Support (MSRS) expenditure for rail freight moved in each year since the scheme started in April 2010, is shown in the table below.


2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

Total MSRS expenditure (including inland waterway)

£19,373,617

£16,489,457

£16,869,638

£16,752,301

£17,792,310

MSRS rail expenditure

£19,373,617

£16,439,868

£16,752,664

£16,622,583

£17,691,643

Rail as proportion of MSRS expenditure

100%

99.70%

99.30%

99.23%

99.43%






The MSRS scheme also covers inland waterways but not maritime freight. Mode shift support for coastal and short sea shipping is provided though a separate scheme, Waterborne Freight Grant, for which expenditure is shown in the table below.


2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

Waterborne Freight Grant

£240,594

£81,770

£416,349

£557,878

£283,741


Q
Asked by Jeremy Corbyn
(Islington North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 21 July 2015
Department for Transport
Gospel Oak-Barking Railway Line: Electrification
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what timetable is planned for the electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak line; what forecast he has made of the cost of that electrification; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 07 September 2015

Network Rail proposes to deliver electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak line by summer 2017, in time for the new four-car electric trains ordered by TfL to be introduced in 2018. Network Rail is still assessing the detailed cost of the electrification and gauge enhancement scheme between Thameshaven/Tilbury Docks and the Midland Main Line via Barking and Gospel Oak and the forecast cost will be provided to DfT in due course.

Q
(Nottingham South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 21 July 2015
Department for Transport
Network Rail
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2015 to Question 6967, what funding has been allocated to each project for each year under the heading, Funding for projects in addition to the agreed Rail Investment Strategy, given in the Answer of 9 July 2015 to Question 5694.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 07 September 2015

The projects in addition to the agreed Rail Investment Strategy are:

Project

Funding (m)

Ely-Soham double tracking

35.0

Syston – Stoke gauge enhancement

20.0

Sheffield Tram Train

48.0

New Stations Fund (5 stations)

19.7

Windermere electrification

16.0

Western flood resistance

26.0

Hull electrification study

2.5

Coventry – Nuneaton Phase 2

5.0

Wigan – Bolton electrification

37.0

Gospel Oak – Barking and London freight electrification

90.0

Gatwick station (second phase)

20.0

Chesterton Station

44.0

Access for All ‘top-up’

60.0

The project funding is not broken down by year as Network Rail was reclassified to the public sector, which means that project funding spend is triggered by the projects’ actual expenditure in each year.

There is a small variation between the total funding amounts in this table and the one sent earlier under the heading “Funding for projects in addition to the agreed Rail Investment Strategy”. This is because the table in question 5694 is a cash forecast year by year, whereas this table is the price set at the projects’ earlier approval dates.

Q
Asked by Valerie Vaz
(Walsall South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 21 July 2015
Department for Transport
Walsall-Rugeley Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) work has been carried out and (b) expenditure has been made on work to electrify and upgrade the Chase Line from Walsall to Rugeley Trent Valley to date.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 07 September 2015

Network Rail is carrying out the work to improve the Walsall to Rugeley Trent Valley Line. They have advised that £27.3m has been incurred so far on the project to electrify the line. Work carried out to date has included the structures clearance work, detailed design of the electrification system, and the contract award to ABC Electrification, the main contractor.

The route clearance work is substantially complete and has gone well. This has involved 5 bridges being reconstructed, and 11 track lowerings being undertaken. The remaining significant civil engineering work is to lift the headroom in Park St Tunnel, Walsall, which is scheduled to be carried out from October 2015 to May 2016.

An interfacing scheme (journey time improvement between Ryecroft and Rugeley) is currently in the detailed design phase.

Q
Asked by Valerie Vaz
(Walsall South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 21 July 2015
Department for Transport
Walsall-Rugeley Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether electrification of the Chase Line from Walsall to Rugeley Trent Valley is included in the projects paused as part of the assessment of the High Level Output Specification.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 07 September 2015

The electrification of the Chase Line from Walsall to Rugeley Trent Valley is continuing and is scheduled to be completed by December 2017.

Q
(Nottingham South)
[N]
Close

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Asked on: 21 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railways
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2015 to Question 6793, whether he has seen or requested a copy of the list of projects that would be stopped or refused which was referred to on page 3 of Network Rail's Board minutes of 25 November 2014.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 07 September 2015

No projects are being cancelled. The Secretary of State has asked Sir Peter Hendy to put forward proposals for re-planning the CP5 investment programme to ensure it can be delivered effectively and efficiently.

Q
(Blackpool South)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 July 2015
Department for Transport
HM Coastguard: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what metric his Department uses to assess the risk-assessed level of staffing at coastguard operations centres; and what assessment he has made of those risk-assessed staffing levels using this metric at each of the coastguard operations centres in the period from January 2015 to July 2015.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 07 September 2015

Her Majesty’s Coastguard has undertaken an in depth analysis of its historical incident data to develop suggested staffing levels for the National Network by time of day (day or night) and season (low, medium, high and peak). During the current transition period this level has also depended on the geographical scope of the National Network as areas previously managed by Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres migrate into it.

Between January and July 2015 the National Network was staffed at the suggested levels on 93% of occasions.

On occasions where staffing is below these levels the flexibility of the National Network allows for support to be made available to teams experiencing very high workloads from teams elsewhere in the network with spare capacity.

Q
(Blackpool South)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 21 July 2015
Department for Transport
HM Coastguard: Fareham
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of staff at the National Maritime Operation Centre at Fareham had attained the qualification level required for the Centre to reach full operational capacity by December 2015 by 21 July 2015.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 07 September 2015

As at 21 July 2015 61 out of the 75 Coastguards (81%) appointed to roles at the National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) in Fareham had attained the qualification level required for the Centre to reach full operational capacity by December 2015.

Recruitment and training for the NMOC and wider National Network is phased incrementally to deliver the right number of Coastguards at the right point in the transition timetable. The new National Network progressively became operational from September 2014; transition will complete by the end of December 2015.

Q
(Blackpool South)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 21 July 2015
Department for Transport
HM Coastguard: Fareham
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the staff required for the National Maritime Operation Centre in Fareham to reach full operational capacity by December 2015 had been appointed by 2 July 2015.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 07 September 2015

As at 2 July 2015, 75 out of the full complement of 96 Coastguards (78%) had been appointed to roles at the National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) in Fareham.

Recruitment for the NMOC and the wider National Network is phased incrementally to deliver the right number of Coastguards at the right point in the transition timetable. The new National Network progressively became operational from September 2014; transition will complete by the end of December 2015.

Q
(Nottingham South)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 21 July 2015
Department for Transport
Network Rail
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2015 to Question 7273, when he was first advised that a decision on whether to pause major projects may have to be taken.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 07 September 2015

The Secretary of State was first advised to pause major projects in June 2015, to allow the programme to be reset pending the outcome of Sir Peter Hendy’s review.

Q
(Mid Sussex)
Asked on: 16 July 2015
Department for Transport
Network Rail: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what changes he intends to make to the funding arrangements for Network Rail; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 22 July 2015

We intend to either remove or significantly reduce the Network Grant by re-routing Government support via franchised train operating companies, which will pay correspondingly higher track access charges to Network Rail for using the network. This change will not affect the overall level of support Government will be providing to rail.

This new approach will ensure that Network Rail focuses firmly on the needs of train operators, and through them, customers.

Working with the Office of Rail and Road, we intend this change to take effect from the start of Control Period 6 (April 2019). We will be consulting with industry on the details.

Q
Asked by Mr Jamie Reed
(Copeland)
Asked on: 17 July 2015
Department for Transport
A595
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will conduct a feasibility study on improving the trunk road section of the A595.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 22 July 2015

Highways England keeps the strategic trunk road network under continuous review to identify places where there is a need for studies to support the case for improvements and Highways England are starting a safety study of the route this financial year.

Highways England will soon initiate preparation of Route Strategies for 2020-25. These will form an integral part of the investment planning process. If potential improvements to the A595 are identified, they will be considered within the next Road Investment Strategy covering the same period.

Q
Asked by Mr Jamie Reed
(Copeland)
Asked on: 17 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railways: Per Capita Costs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent on rail services per head of population in each region of England in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 22 July 2015

Total expenditure per regions is complicated to calculate as it has to include franchise cost/revenue, infrastructure cost and major project costs, many of which cross regional boundaries. In this instance, spending needs to be compared to rail usage.

The most recent government expenditure on rail is below:

Government expenditure on railways1 per head of population

Region

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

North East

£59

£58

£55

£51

£50

North West

£97

£98

£88

£88

£85

Yorkshire & Humber

£95

£93

£102

£100

£100

East Midlands

£45

£41

£37

£38

£36

West Midlands

£61

£53

£49

£50

£47

East of England

£58

£54

£59

£56

£56

London

£386

£369

£330

£270

£298

South East

£85

£82

£69

£68

£66

South West

£49

£46

£41

£42

£39

England

£120

£115

£106

£96

£99

1 Includes expenditure on all types of railway

Source: HMT, ONS

The above table shows estimated government expenditure on railways per head of population in each region of England between 2009/10 and 2013/14, the latest year for which figures are available.

Q
Asked by Chris Law
(Dundee West)
Asked on: 13 July 2015
Department for Transport
Department for Transport: Living Wage
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 July 2015 to Question 2952, if he will make it his policy to secure accredited Living Wage Employer status for his Department from the Living Wage Foundation.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The Chancellor has announced a new National Living Wage which will be compulsory as of next April and is expected to reach £9 an hour by 2020. Tackling low pay is part of the Government's plan to move to a higher wage, lower tax and lower welfare society. The Department for Transport pays the London Living Wage to its London employees and the UK Living Wage elsewhere.

Q
(Sleaford and North Hykeham)
Asked on: 13 July 2015
Department for Transport
Channel Tunnel Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the contribution of 14 January 1994 by the then Minister for Public Transport, Official Report, column 432, on Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Compensation), what conclusion the Government drew from its consideration of legal advice commissioned by local authorities.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 21 July 2015

Following the House of Commons Select Committee on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) Bill, an interdepartmental working group on blight (IDWGB) was established to review the impact of blight during major infrastructure projects. The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions published the final report of the IDWGB in 1997. This report is in the public domain. The report recommended, amongst other things, the creation of a Property Purchase Guarantee and Compensation Scheme, although this was not adopted by the government of the day.

Q
Asked by Keir Starmer
(Holborn and St Pancras)
Asked on: 13 July 2015
Department for Transport
Crossrail Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect of Crossrail development on existing retailers and traders in Tin Pan Alley, Denmark Street.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 21 July 2015

Crossrail’s development is not impacting on existing retailers and traders in Tin Pan Alley. The site the Hon Member refers to is owned by another developer, Consolidated Developments.  The buildings on Denmark Street are not required by Crossrail or London Underground for the upgrade of Tottenham Court Road station.  Consolidated Developments acquired the site in 1996 and planning permission was granted by the London Borough of Camden in November 2013. Whilst the development site is situated adjacent to the London Underground / Crossrail worksite, the proposed development itself is a private venture and entirely separate from the Crossrail works.

Crossrail, in conjunction with TfL and Camden and Westminster Councils, is working to improve the urban realm around the eastern end of Oxford Circus.  This includes a new piazza at St Giles Square that will re-establish the historic links between Oxford Street and Covent Garden as well as making it easier and safer for pedestrians to move into Dean Street and Soho Square.  Crossrail is also bringing the first new West End theatre in over a decade to Soho and recently announced they have gained private sponsorship for the project’s art programme at Tottenham Court Road.

Q
(Hornsey and Wood Green)
Asked on: 13 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railway Stations: Suicide
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that any train station that has been the location of more than one serious suicide attempt in the last five years has a barrier installed.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 21 July 2015

Suicides are tragic incidents have a huge traumatic impact on family and friends of the individual concerned and also serious consequences for train drivers, station staff, and members of the public who witness incidents, police officers and all who rely on our railway infrastructure.

We are supporting Network Rail which is leading on behalf of the industry to deliver its national rail suicide prevention programme. This includes working in partnership with the Samaritans to put in place a long-term strategy to reduce the number of railway suicides from prevention strategies to post-incident support work.

Whilst consideration is given to the installation of physical barriers at stations where this is feasible in engineering and operational terms, suicides are a complex societal issue which require a multi-disciplinary solution.

Q
Asked by Imran Hussain
(Bradford East)
Asked on: 13 July 2015
Department for Transport
Leeds-Bradford Airport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the number of flights from Leeds-Bradford Airport of the expansion of (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick and (c) neither airport.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

To ensure our long term connectivity needs can be met, the previous Government established the independent Airports Commission to identify and recommend to Government options for maintaining this country’s status as an international hub for aviation. Three options for expansion were shortlisted by the Commission for further examination.

The Airports Commission has discussed and consulted on how airports outside the South East might be affected by expansion at the shortlisted expansion options. The relevant documents can be found on the Airports Commission website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/airports-commission

The Commission’s final report was published on 01 July 2015. The Government will not be commenting on the any of the Airports Commission’s recommendations until it has had time to examine all the evidence.

Q
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 13 July 2015
Department for Transport
Regional Airports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of road and rail access to regional airports; and which airports he rates as inadequate in this respect.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The Government has not made a general assessment of the adequacy of road and rail access to regional airports. It is for regional airports to work with their local authorities, local bus and rail companies and Local Economic Partnerships to identify opportunities to promote access to airports.

Where the scheme has a wider range of beneficiaries, the Government will consider, along with other relevant stakeholders, the need for additional public funding on a case-by-case basis.

With respect to Leeds Bradford, the Leeds Bradford International Airport Connectivity Study set out the potential benefit of a new link road and recommended further consideration of the opportunity for a rail link to be provided in the longer term. The Chancellor set out the Government’s response to the study in the 2014 Autumn Statement, in which he encouraged the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to consider how to take the recommendations forward.

Q
(Nottingham South)
Asked on: 13 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railways: Electrification
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his oral statement of 25 June 2015, Official Report, columns 1067-8, whether Network Rail will be liable to incur fines or other penalties in respect of (a) changes to the projects Network Rail is expected to deliver in Control Period 5 compared to the 2012 High Level Output specification and (b) variations to the Regulated Outputs Network Rail was committed to meeting relating to Midland Main Line electrification and TransPennine electrification as a result of the changes announced in that statement.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The imposition of fines and penalties in relation to Network Rail’s regulated outputs a matter for the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).

Separately to the Secretary of State’s announcement of 25 June, the ORR is undertaking a review of Networks Rail’s overall planning, management and delivery of the first year of the Control Period 5 enhancement programme to establish whether formal enforcement action would be appropriate. Further details regarding that investigation can be found at:

http://orr.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/18052/investigation-into-nr-enhancements-programme.pdf

and

http://orr.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/18053/tor-orr-investigation-into-nr-planning-and-delivery-of-enhancement-projects.pdf

Q
Asked by Imran Hussain
(Bradford East)
Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railways: North of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the introduction of a Northern Oyster Card for transport capacity and connectivity in the North of England.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 21 July 2015

A business case is being developed, in conjunction with Transport for the North, to enable the rail network in the North for smart ticketing. This will consider the impact on connectivity and capacity. The business case will also examine how rail services could be integrated with existing, and emerging, smart schemes in the Northern cities.

Q
(East Yorkshire)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Petrol
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that petrol with nil or low biofuel content remains widely available for (a) vehicles registered as historic and (b) other older vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The ethanol content of petrol supplied in the UK is a commercial matter for fuel suppliers, subject to the Motor Fuel (Composition and Content) Regulations 1999 which set the maximum permissible ethanol content of petrol at ten per cent, known as E10. The Regulations set no minimum ethanol content.

E10 is not yet on sale in the UK. Petrol sold in the UK today typically contains up to five per cent ethanol, known as E5.

The Motor Fuel (Composition and Content) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 ensure that E5 petrol will continue to remain available until the end of 2016, thereby providing a ‘protection grade’ of petrol for drivers of those vehicles which would be incompatible with petrol which has a higher ethanol content.

Should E10 be rolled out by suppliers, we will carefully assess the compatibility of the UK vehicle fleet in determining whether to extend the regulatory requirement for E5 to remain available beyond 2016.

This Government recognises the concerns of owners of some older vehicles that may not be compatible with E10. The Department is in regular contact with suppliers who in turn have been asked to write to us to give at least three months of notice if they were to plan the introduction of this fuel. As yet none have indicated they have any immediate plans to introduce E10.

Q
Asked by Paul Flynn
(Newport West)
Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if in his consideration of the proposals put forward in the Davies Report on airport capacity, he will make an assessment of the possibility that flights arriving later in the morning at Heathrow Airport will entail increased noise for people living near their airports of origins; and if he will discuss this possibility with his counterparts in the countries potentially affected.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The Government will review the Commission’s conclusions on noise mitigation including night noise. The Government would need to consult on options relating to any new night noise regime at Heathrow. Consultation would include representatives of all parties potentially impacted by any proposals to change the current night flying restrictions.

Q
Asked by Danny Kinahan
(South Antrim)
Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
London Airports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on (a) Belfast City and (b) Belfast International Airport of a new runway at (i) Heathrow and (ii) Gatwick Airport.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

To ensure our long term connectivity needs can be met, the previous Government established the independent Airports Commission to identify and recommend to Government options for maintaining this country’s status as an international hub for aviation. Three options for expansion were shortlisted by the Commission for further examination.

The Airports Commission has discussed and consulted on how airports outside the South East might be affected by expansion at the shortlisted expansion options. The relevant documents can be found on the Airports Commission website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/airports-commission

The Commission’s final report was published on 01 July 2015. The Government will not be commenting on the any of the Airports Commission’s recommendations until it has had time to examine all the evidence.

Q
(East Yorkshire)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Roads: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many buried bodies have been moved in each of the last five years from their lawful place of burial to facilitate development of highway work; and what processes highways contractors must follow to move bodies for that purpose.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 21 July 2015

Highways England who is responsible for the strategic road network do not hold the information centrally of how many buried bodes have been removed in the last five years from their lawful place of burial to facilitate the development of highway work and collating it would incur disproportionate cost. For local roads, the Department for Transport does not hold any records as this is a matter for each local highway authority.

When dealing with human remains, highway contractors are required to comply with their legal obligations, including provisions through the 1857 Burial Act (as amended) and relevant requirements under ecclesiastical law.

Where any remains are located in consecrated ground, the contractor must ensure that permissions to undertake the works are granted under ecclesiastical law through either a Faculty or a Pastoral Scheme.

For non-consecrated ground, the contractor must have a licence issued through the Ministry of Justice. Specific requirements or directions issued under any such permission must be adhered to by the contractor, including any measures required by the local Environmental Health Officer or Public Health England for the protection of site workers or the public.  Prior consultation with the relevant authorities (e.g. church/Diocese, Ministry of Justice) is required prior to application for any permission, including details on the proposed extent and exhumation methodology; treatment of remains and artefacts; and planned reburial of remains.

Q
Asked by Imran Hussain
(Bradford East)
Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Transport: North of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had on the establishment of Transport for the North with transport unions.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 21 July 2015

Transport for the North (TfN) is a unique body made up of the Northern city regions working in partnership with the Department for Transport (DfT), Highways England, Network Rail and HS2 Ltd. TfN is currently undertaking a review of its governance to make sure it speaks with one voice for the whole of the North. This will conclude in the autumn and will actively engage with relevant stakeholders. There have been no specific discussions between DfT and the transport unions about the establishment of TfN.

Q
(East Yorkshire)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
A41: Hendon
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason one lane of the three lane carriageway on the A41 southbound near Hendon is coned off; and for what reasons the work at that location is not being carried out on a 24-hour basis.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

Under Devolution, the A41 is the responsibility of the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL). I understand from TfL that one lane is closed at that location due to nearby junction improvements, and that although work is being carried out overnight to avoid disruption during the day, only one phase of the work requires a lane closure on a 24 hour basis. The full package of work is scheduled for completion by mid-August.

Q
(Lewes)
Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Gatwick Airport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from business groups in Sussex on increasing the range of destinations available from Gatwick Airport (a) in North America and (b) in the rest of the world; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

My Ministerial colleagues and I regularly receive representations from a range of stakeholders about aviation connectivity.

To ensure our long term connectivity needs can be met, the previous Government established the independent Airports Commission to identify and recommend to Government options for maintaining this country’s status as an international hub for aviation. Three options for expansion were shortlisted by the Commission for further examination including one for a new runway at Gatwick airport.

The Commission’s final report, published on 01 July 2015, took account of responses to its consultation on the three options which closed in February this year. The Government is now considering the Airports Commissions recommendations and intends to take decisions by the end of the year.

Q
(Huddersfield)
Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Aviation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on (a) deregulation, (b) liberalisation and (c) other reform of the global airline industry.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The UK’s approach to international air transport focuses on the removal of barriers to market entry and doing business. For example, we seek:-

  • liberal Air Services Agreements (ASAs) which deliver a wide array of traffic rights, international connectivity and commercial flexibility, and,

  • to remove, or at least minimise, other barriers such as unfair competition, ownership and control restrictions and unnecessary administrative and regulatory burdens.

We believe that the liberalisation of international air transport improves connectivity to/from the UK, facilitating business-to-business and people-to-people links that benefit our wider economy, helping to generate jobs and growth. Such liberalisation also maximises business opportunities for UK airlines and airports and competition for the supply of goods and services - delivering cost, choice and quality benefits for UK businesses and consumers.


In addition to negotiating bilateral ASAs, my officials are also engaged in multilateral negotiations relating to market access. For example, officials have participated recently in initial, exploratory, dialogues between:-

  • the European Union and the Association of South East Asian Nations, and,

  • the EU and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

These dialogues are considering the potential for closer cooperation in the field of international air transport. In both cases, the dialogue is at an early stage, focussing on building mutual understanding, and no firm conclusions about the way forward have been drawn to date.

My officials are also engaged in the work of ICAO’s Air Transport Regulation Panel which, amongst other things, is tasked to develop a multilateral agreement to help facilitate the liberalisation of international air transport. This work is ongoing and, to date, a draft of such an agreement has not been finalised.

Grouped Questions: 7102 | 7103
Q
(Huddersfield)
Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Aviation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department had with representatives from the International Civil Aviation Organisation on a multilateral agreement to reform global airline regulation; and what the outcome of those discussions was.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The UK’s approach to international air transport focuses on the removal of barriers to market entry and doing business. For example, we seek:-

  • liberal Air Services Agreements (ASAs) which deliver a wide array of traffic rights, international connectivity and commercial flexibility, and,

  • to remove, or at least minimise, other barriers such as unfair competition, ownership and control restrictions and unnecessary administrative and regulatory burdens.

We believe that the liberalisation of international air transport improves connectivity to/from the UK, facilitating business-to-business and people-to-people links that benefit our wider economy, helping to generate jobs and growth. Such liberalisation also maximises business opportunities for UK airlines and airports and competition for the supply of goods and services - delivering cost, choice and quality benefits for UK businesses and consumers.


In addition to negotiating bilateral ASAs, my officials are also engaged in multilateral negotiations relating to market access. For example, officials have participated recently in initial, exploratory, dialogues between:-

  • the European Union and the Association of South East Asian Nations, and,

  • the EU and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

These dialogues are considering the potential for closer cooperation in the field of international air transport. In both cases, the dialogue is at an early stage, focussing on building mutual understanding, and no firm conclusions about the way forward have been drawn to date.

My officials are also engaged in the work of ICAO’s Air Transport Regulation Panel which, amongst other things, is tasked to develop a multilateral agreement to help facilitate the liberalisation of international air transport. This work is ongoing and, to date, a draft of such an agreement has not been finalised.

Grouped Questions: 7101 | 7103
Q
(Huddersfield)
Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Aviation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives from other UN member states on a multilateral agreement to reform global airline regulation; and what the outcome of those discussions was.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The UK’s approach to international air transport focuses on the removal of barriers to market entry and doing business. For example, we seek:-

  • liberal Air Services Agreements (ASAs) which deliver a wide array of traffic rights, international connectivity and commercial flexibility, and,

  • to remove, or at least minimise, other barriers such as unfair competition, ownership and control restrictions and unnecessary administrative and regulatory burdens.

We believe that the liberalisation of international air transport improves connectivity to/from the UK, facilitating business-to-business and people-to-people links that benefit our wider economy, helping to generate jobs and growth. Such liberalisation also maximises business opportunities for UK airlines and airports and competition for the supply of goods and services - delivering cost, choice and quality benefits for UK businesses and consumers.


In addition to negotiating bilateral ASAs, my officials are also engaged in multilateral negotiations relating to market access. For example, officials have participated recently in initial, exploratory, dialogues between:-

  • the European Union and the Association of South East Asian Nations, and,

  • the EU and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

These dialogues are considering the potential for closer cooperation in the field of international air transport. In both cases, the dialogue is at an early stage, focussing on building mutual understanding, and no firm conclusions about the way forward have been drawn to date.

My officials are also engaged in the work of ICAO’s Air Transport Regulation Panel which, amongst other things, is tasked to develop a multilateral agreement to help facilitate the liberalisation of international air transport. This work is ongoing and, to date, a draft of such an agreement has not been finalised.

Grouped Questions: 7101 | 7102
Q
Asked by Oliver Dowden
(Hertsmere)
Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railways: Elstree
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect of the proposed works to the Elstree Tunnels on commuter rail services.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 21 July 2015

This work is part of Network Rail’s renewals programme. Renewals works are an operational matter for Network Rail and my Department does not make any assessment of their local impacts.

Q
(Lewes)
Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Gatwick Airport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that transport connections to Gatwick Airport remain fit for purpose; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

This Government recognises the importance of good transport connections to the success of airports and we are committed to further investment to improve such connections.

For Gatwick Airport, our Road Investment Strategy includes committed investment to deliver a major smart motorway project on the M23 between junctions 8 and 10, as well as improvements to the M25, and major enhancements to the A27 at Chichester, Arundel and Worthing.

Investment of on our rail network will see improvements to connectivity to Gatwick through the completion of the Thameslink Programme, improvements to Gatwick Airport Station and enhancement to the Brighton Mainline.

In addition, from December 2015, new rolling stock will be introduced on the Gatwick Express. The new stock will be designed specifically with the needs of airport users in mind.

Q
(Lewes)
Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Gatwick Airport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the rate of growth of air traffic at Gatwick Airport in the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The last Department for Transport forecasts for Gatwick and the other main UK airports were published in January 2013. These showed that air passengers at Gatwick would grow by 11% in the period 2015 to 2025. This is a 1% annual rate of growth.

The independent Airports Commission published their own forecasts for air traffic, including at Gatwick, as part of their Final Report on 1 July 2015. The Government will not be commenting on any of the Airports Commission’s recommendations until it has had time to examine all of the evidence.

Q
Asked by Peter Kyle
(Hove)
Asked on: 15 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railways: South East
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the operation of Class 313 trains on Southern services from Hove Station to West Coastway destinations on passenger satisfaction levels.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 21 July 2015

No assessment has been made of the effect of the operation of Class 313 trains on Southern services from Hove Station to West Coastway destinations on passenger satisfaction levels. However Transport Focus, who consult more than 50,000 passengers a year to produce the National Rail Passenger Survey, provide a network-wide picture of passengers' satisfaction with rail travel.

The latest figures, from the Spring 2015 survey (http://data.transportfocus.org.uk/train/nps/question/service-overall/) show that 76% of passengers were satisfied with their journey on Southern’s Sussex Coast route, which incorporates the West Coastway services.

Q
Asked by Peter Kyle
(Hove)
Asked on: 15 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railways: South East
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many complaints his Department has received from customers about the lack of toilet facilities on Class 313 trains that run services between Hove and West Coastway stations since their introduction in 2010.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 21 July 2015

We are aware of two complaints from Southern’s customers, and two letters from honourable Members, about the lack of toilet facilities on Class 313 trains that run services between Hove and West Coastway stations since their introduction in 2010.

Q
Asked by Peter Kyle
(Hove)
Asked on: 15 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railways: South East
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Class 313 trains in operation on Southern's West Coastway services will be replaced with newer rolling stock.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The rolling stock operated by individual train operators is a detailed operational matter for them. They must decide what rolling stock is deployed on particular routes and services. Govia Thameslink Railway, the operator of the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise into which Southern services merge on 26 July 2015, has included no plans to replace this fleet on the West Coastway.

Q
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 15 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railways: Yorkshire and the Humber
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on employment in Yorkshire of the electrification of the Leeds-Harrogate-York railway line.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The North of England Electrification Task Force took account of the estimated wider economic benefits of electrification in drawing up its recommendations on the priorities for future electrification of lines in the North of England, published in March 2015. Network Rail is taking these recommendations into account in assessing the case for further electrification of the national rail network, including the Leeds-Harrogate-York line. It plans to publish a draft update to the industry electrification strategy in due course.

Q
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 15 July 2015
Department for Transport
Leeds-Bradford Airport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on Leeds-Bradford Airport of a new runway at (a) Heathrow and (b) Gatwick Airport.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

To ensure our long term connectivity needs can be met, the previous Government established the independent Airports Commission to identify and recommend to Government options for maintaining this country’s status as an international hub for aviation. Three options for expansion were shortlisted by the Commission for further examination.

The Airports Commission has discussed and consulted on how airports outside the South East might be affected by expansion at the shortlisted expansion options. The relevant documents can be found on the Airports Commission website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/airports-commission

The Commission’s final report was published on 01 July 2015. The Government will not be commenting on the any of the Airports Commission’s recommendations until it has had time to examine all the evidence.

Q
Asked by Ian Austin
(Dudley North)
Asked on: 15 July 2015
Department for Transport
Cycling: Capital Investment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on preparing the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy for England.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

On 25 June I announced that officials had been instructed to begin work on the secondary legislation required to commence the relevant section of the Infrastructure Act. The Government then intends to announce a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy as soon as is practicable, once all activities deemed necessary have been undertaken.

Q
(Clacton)
Asked on: 15 July 2015
Department for Transport
M20: Large Goods Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to end Operation Stack; and whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of that operation on the UK balance of trade.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 21 July 2015

Operation Stack is the appropriate contingency arrangement to put in place when there is disruption to cross-channel traffic and is led by the Kent Police. It remains a last, not first, resort. The Department has not made any assessment of the effect of Operation Stack on the UK balance of trade, as any impact stems from the disruption to services – which this Government is determined to see resolved as soon as possible.

European Gateway Group is reviewing short and longer term solutions to traffic management in Kent, including Operation Stack, and will report back to the Department. When this review is completed the Department will analyse their findings and decide how to respond to their recommendations.

Q
(Dartford)
Asked on: 15 July 2015
Department for Transport
M20: Large Goods Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the effects of Operation Stack on motorists in Kent.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 21 July 2015

Operation Stack is led by Kent police, with the support of all other emergency services, Highways England, Kent County Council, and many other key partners. Steps taken to mitigate the latest Calais disruption include:

  • Providing additional resources to monitor the strategic and local network and to keep the agreed diversion routes clear.

  • Agreed joint communications to inform customers of the current situation, including communications to keep freight on the M20 and within the Operation Stack phases.

  • Identified, designed and implemented additional phases to Operation Stack as the situation has continued.

  • Provided additional traffic management in Kent at roundabouts.

  • Review and enhance the current Signs and Signal Policy relating to Operation Stack.

  • Kent County Council staff have been issuing bottles of water and food.

The Government is looking to all parties, including Eurotunnel and Port of Dover, Kent County and Local Councils, Kent Police and the Highways England to play their part in working towards, implementing and then reviewing and managing the various solutions.

Q
Asked by Paul Flynn
(Newport West)
Asked on: 15 July 2015
Department for Transport
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Industrial Disputes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to resolve the industrial dispute at the DVLA.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) remains open to further discussions with the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union. An offer of further talks involving the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) was made to PCS on 16 July. The DVLA would welcome this approach and would like to pursue further dialogue with ACAS support.

Q
(Huddersfield)
Asked on: 16 July 2015
Department for Transport
Aviation: Safety
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what procedures are in place to ensure aircraft maintenance crews are (a) fit to work and (b) not overtired.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The Civil Aviation Authority has statutory responsibility for the safety regulation of UK airlines. It carries out regular audits and inspection of all UK operators and approved maintenance organisations to ensure they comply with all safety requirements.

The Civil Aviation Authority has worked with British Airways to ensure that the airline has addressed the issues identified by the investigation in to the recent incident at Heathrow Airport. In addition, seminars are being carried out across industry to highlight the lessons learnt from the event.

Grouped Questions: 7700
Q
(Nottingham South)
[N]
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Asked on: 16 July 2015
Department for Transport
Network Rail
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Ministers in his Department approved or were consulted on the instruction made in late March 2015 that Network Rail should undertake a fuller assessment of its emerging cost estimates.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 21 July 2015

At the end of March, my officials commissioned Network Rail, the ORR, and DfT to review the whole CP5 portfolio and provide a robust estimate of costs. Ministers were aware of the need to undertake a fuller assessment.

Q
(Nottingham South)
[N]
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Asked on: 16 July 2015
Department for Transport
London Underground
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his contribution in the House of 16 July 2015 in response to the hon. Member for Colne Valley, what restriction will prevent the next operator of the Northern franchise from running refurbished London Underground trains on routes previously served by Pacers.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 21 July 2015

In addition to requiring the withdrawal of the Pacers and a minimum of 120 new carriages, the specification for the future Northern franchise requires a transformation of the Northern train fleet to achieve ambitious targets to improve passenger satisfaction.  It also requires trains that passengers will perceive as being "thoroughly modern, comfortable and comparable to new or nearly-new rolling stock".  It is for bidders to propose rolling stock solutions that will achieve these demanding requirements.

Q
(Huddersfield)
Asked on: 16 July 2015
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what reports he has requested from the Civil Aviation Authority on the recent incident at Heathrow Airport when errors in aircraft maintenance procedures caused an emergency landing.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The Civil Aviation Authority has statutory responsibility for the safety regulation of UK airlines. It carries out regular audits and inspection of all UK operators and approved maintenance organisations to ensure they comply with all safety requirements.

The Civil Aviation Authority has worked with British Airways to ensure that the airline has addressed the issues identified by the investigation in to the recent incident at Heathrow Airport. In addition, seminars are being carried out across industry to highlight the lessons learnt from the event.

Grouped Questions: 7699
Q
(Nottingham South)
[N]
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Asked on: 16 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railways
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what average number of pilings per night was achieved by Network Rail's High Output Plant System train during (a) October to December 2014, (b) January to March 2015 and (c) April to June 2015.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The following information has been provided by Network Rail:

The average number of pilings per shift achieved by Network Rail’s High Output Plant System train during

  • October to December 2014 was 5.0 piles per shift

  • January to March 2015 was 4.6 piles per shift

  • April to 5 June 2015 was 6.8 piles per shift.

Q
(Nottingham South)
[N]
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Asked on: 16 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railways: South West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on establishing a separate Devon and Cornwall rail franchise.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 21 July 2015

When the second Great Western Direct Award was announced earlier in the year, we confirmed that the contract allowed for the potential for separate franchised rail services in Devon and Cornwall.

The Department is currently carrying out a high level review of rail franchise geography.  We would also expect to consult with stakeholders in Devon and Cornwall in the development of any future proposals.

Q
Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
[N]
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Asked on: 16 July 2015
Department for Transport
Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate the number of journeys by hauliers from Scotland that have been delayed as a result of (a) closures to the Channel Tunnel and (b) ferry delays due to disruptions at Calais in the last three months.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The Department does not have a specific estimate of the number of journeys by hauliers from Scotland delayed as a result of closures to the Channel Tunnel and disruption at Calais in the last three months.

Statistics for previous years road freight journeys to and from the UK and the continent have been published, although figures for 2015 are not yet available. In 2014 there were 352,000 journeys made between the UK and the continent by UK registered powered goods vehicles, although not all of these travelled via Dover or Eurotunnel.

17 July was the 15th day of Operation Stack within the past 3 months.

Q
(Nottingham South)
[N]
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Asked on: 16 July 2015
Department for Transport
Rolling Stock: Procurement
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of converting a Class 801 Intercity Express Programme unit to bi-mode diesel operation.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 21 July 2015

We have a commercially confidential initial estimate; however no decisions have been taken on the Intercity Express Programme conversion. I am committed to ensuring that the trains enter service as planned.

Q
(Nottingham South)
[N]
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Asked on: 16 July 2015
Department for Transport
Network Rail
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what internal assessment Network Rail is undertaking of its capacity to deliver major enhancement projects.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 21 July 2015

Network Rail has been asked by the Secretary of State to set out its proposals to re-plan its Control Period 5 Enhancements Plan. In developing its response, Network Rail is undertaking a comprehensive review of its capability and that of its industry partners to deliver the enhancement portfolio. This includes a review of the current status of all its major programmes and their readiness to deliver to schedule and cost, an overall review of whole industry critical resources focusing particular on signalling resources, a review of overall network access requirements and its strategy for achieving required planning consents. These factors have been identified as key to the current deliverability challenge Network Rail faces. Network Rail is involving a number of independent expert organisations in contributing to these reviews as well as using independent experts to validate it findings before making recommendations to the Secretary of State.

Q
(Birmingham, Hall Green)
Asked on: 16 July 2015
Department for Transport
Walking: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department plans to allocate to achieving its target of 55 per cent of children walking to school; and how his Department arrived at that figure.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

Funding decisions will be made at the future Spending Review. In addition, the government intends to produce a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS). This Strategy will set out how the government’s ambitions on walking – and cycling – will be achieved. On 25 June, I announced that officials had been instructed to begin work on the secondary legislation required to commence the relevant section of the Infrastructure Act to commit government to the publication of the CWIS, as soon as is practicable, once all activities deemed necessary have been undertaken.

Q
(Blackpool South)
[N]
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Asked on: 16 July 2015
Department for Transport
Regional Airports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department will publish the shortlist of applications for the next round of funding for the Regional Air Connectivity Fund.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The Regional Air Connectivity Fund was announced by the previous Government to support public service obligations (PSOs) and start-up aid. From this fund the Department for Transport has already provided financial support for PSOs between both Dundee - London Stansted and Newquay – London Gatwick. This has ensured that vital connectivity from our regions to the capital has not been lost. The Government will announce shortly how it plans to take forward future use of the fund.

Grouped Questions: 7571 | 7572
Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Asked on: 16 July 2015
Department for Transport
Cycling
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the (a) safety of cyclists and existing regulations on HGVs and (b) Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The Secretary of State has frequent discussions both in formal meetings and informally with the Prime Minister on a range of subjects, which may include (a) the safety of cyclists and existing regulations on HGVs and (b) the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.

Q
(Blackpool South)
[N]
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Asked on: 16 July 2015
Department for Transport
Regional Airports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department intends to announce the recipients of awards from the next round of funding for the Regional Air Connectivity Fund.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The Regional Air Connectivity Fund was announced by the previous Government to support public service obligations (PSOs) and start-up aid. From this fund the Department for Transport has already provided financial support for PSOs between both Dundee - London Stansted and Newquay – London Gatwick. This has ensured that vital connectivity from our regions to the capital has not been lost. The Government will announce shortly how it plans to take forward future use of the fund.

Grouped Questions: 7570 | 7572
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(Blackpool South)
[N]
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Asked on: 16 July 2015
Department for Transport
Regional Airports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the budget is for the next round of funding for the Regional Air Connectivity Fund; and for how long that funding round will last.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The Regional Air Connectivity Fund was announced by the previous Government to support public service obligations (PSOs) and start-up aid. From this fund the Department for Transport has already provided financial support for PSOs between both Dundee - London Stansted and Newquay – London Gatwick. This has ensured that vital connectivity from our regions to the capital has not been lost. The Government will announce shortly how it plans to take forward future use of the fund.

Grouped Questions: 7570 | 7571
Q
(Blackpool South)
[N]
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Asked on: 16 July 2015
Department for Transport
Regional Airports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of past awards from the Regional Air Connectivity Fund in establishing new routes; and what recent assessment he has made of whether such routes would remain viable if unsubsidised.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The Regional Air Connectivity Fund has been used to provide financial support for two public service obligation (PSO) routes. Without this support it was assessed that both Dundee and Newquay airports would have lost their air connectivity to London.

As PSOs can only be used to support routes that are not commercially viable it is not expected that either route will be commercially viable within the period that they are eligible for funding.

Q
Asked by Imran Hussain
(Bradford East)
Asked on: 10 July 2015
Department for Transport
Bradford Interchange Station
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of renovating Bradford Interchange station.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 20 July 2015

The National Station Improvement Programme (NSIP) allocated just over £200k in 2011/12 to provide improved waiting room facilities at Bradford Interchange.

There are currently no plans for further work at this station. It should be noted that most of the station is not in the control of the rail industry, being an interchange owned by West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Q
Asked by Imran Hussain
(Bradford East)
Asked on: 10 July 2015
Department for Transport
Calder Valley Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to (a) shorten journey times and (b) increase train speeds on the Calder Valley Line between Bradford Interchange and Manchester Victoria.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 20 July 2015

There is a package of improvements to deliver significant journey time reductions between Bradford and Manchester. This is to be undertaken in two phases:  as part of the Northern Hub early phases, there will be improvements from Manchester to Sowerby Bridge and later, with independent local funding, improvements are being promoted by West Yorkshire Combined Authority between Sowerby Bridge and Bradford.  The two schemes together should cut the journey time to 53 minutes, which is approaching an around 9 per cent saving on the current best journey time.

Q
(Luton North)
[R]
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Asked on: 13 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railways: Freight
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on changing the (a) frequency and (b) volume of freight moved by rail between Felixstowe and Tilbury ports.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 20 July 2015

The frequency and volume of freight moved between any origin and destination is a commercial matter for the rail freight operators and their customers. The Department’s policy is to encourage the use of rail for freight transport where it is practical, economic and environmentally sustainable to do so, and to ensure that rail freight has fair and transparent access to the rail network, regardless of the route in question.

Q
Asked by Dr Poulter
(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 13 July 2015
Department for Transport
East Anglia Railway Line: Franchises
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether access for disabled people at Diss and Stowmarket stations will be a condition of the new franchise contract for the Eastern Main Line.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 20 July 2015

We will expect bidders for the new franchise to take account of stakeholder aspirations and consider multiple ways to improve on the customers’ experience on the train and at stations.

Q
Asked by Imran Hussain
(Bradford East)
Asked on: 13 July 2015
Department for Transport
Public Transport: Yorkshire and the Humber
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the provision of public transport in (a) Bradford and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 20 July 2015

This Government is investing significantly to improve public transport in Yorkshire and the Humber, including:

  • providing transport authorities in Yorkshire and the Humber with £97.9m of Integrated Transport Block funding over the period 2015/16 to 2017/18, with a further £97.9m provisionally allocated for the period 2018/19 to 2020/21 to take forward local schemes with their areas,

  • £10.3m for two new railway stations at Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge on the busy Airedale commuter route into Leeds.

  • £173.5m towards the £250m Leeds NGT scheme, the first modern trolleybus scheme in the UK.

  • £15.9m for the South Yorkshire Bus Rapid Transit (North) bus priority infrastructure between Sheffield and Rotherham, including a new highway link under the M1 at Tinsley Viaduct.

  • £12.4m for the Leeds Station Southern Access scheme which will provide providing a new entrance to the south of Leeds Station providing better access to the South Bank development and regeneration area.

  • £9.6m for three Local Sustainable Transport schemes across Yorkshire and the Humber in 2015/16.

  • requiring bidders for the new Northern and TransPennine Express rail franchises to replace outdated trains, add a third more capacity and invest in stations. This includes specifying an increase from 2 to 3 trains per hour between Bradford and Manchester via Halifax from 2019 (Monday-Saturday) and an increased Sunday frequency – from two hourly to hourly – from Bradford to Skipton and Ilkley.

As part of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Bradford will benefit from the £39.4m Integrated Transport Block funding allocated to the Combined Authority for the period 2015/16 to 2017/18 (with a further £39.4m provisionally allocated for the period 2018/19 to 2020/21), out of the total allocated to Yorkshire and the Humber. In addition, through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal, Government is providing up to £781m over 20 years for the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund which will support transport schemes across the area, including improvements at rail stations and bus corridors.

The Government is working in partnership with Transport for the North to establish a clear, long-term transport vision for the North of England to support a Northern Powerhouse that is shared by all parties, and a portfolio of prioritised transport investment opportunities.

Q
(Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
[N]
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Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Spaceflight: Llanbedr
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential implications of locating a spaceport at Llanbedr, Gwynedd on transport in that area.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 20 July 2015

The Government’s ambition is for a UK spaceport that will be an integral part of Britain’s future in space, providing a focus for regional and international investment, creating new job opportunities, supporting our existing cutting-edge technology companies, and securing UK leadership in an important emerging market.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has studied the potential for horizontal, sub-orbital spaceplane operations from the UK https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/commercial-spaceplane-certification-and-operations-uk-government-review.

The Government’s aim now is to create the infrastructure and regulatory environment to operate these innovative technologies safely and commercially, alongside existing civilian and military users.

Following consultation on criteria identified by the CAA for locating a UK spaceport https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/spaceport-locations-and-criteria, Llanbedr Airfield, along with Campbeltown Airport, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Newquay Cornwall Airport and Stornoway, were identified as potential locations for a permanent UK spaceport. RAF Leuchars was identified as a potential temporary facility.

The Government is now focussed on developing a technical specification of requirements to provide potential locations with clarity on the detail of what becoming a UK spaceport would involve. It is critical that we provide as much certainty as possible so that potential locations can assess whether spaceplane operations are both feasible and deliverable.

The United States is recognised as the leading nation on commercial sub-orbital spaceflight, and we are currently seeking input on our work from a number of US-based organisations. We are planning to share our work on the detailed technical requirements with all potential locations from September this year.

Grouped Questions: 6969 | 6970 | 6971 | 6972
Q
(Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
[N]
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Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Spaceflight: Llanbedr
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of building a spaceport at Llanbedr, Gwynedd.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 20 July 2015

The Government’s ambition is for a UK spaceport that will be an integral part of Britain’s future in space, providing a focus for regional and international investment, creating new job opportunities, supporting our existing cutting-edge technology companies, and securing UK leadership in an important emerging market.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has studied the potential for horizontal, sub-orbital spaceplane operations from the UK https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/commercial-spaceplane-certification-and-operations-uk-government-review.

The Government’s aim now is to create the infrastructure and regulatory environment to operate these innovative technologies safely and commercially, alongside existing civilian and military users.

Following consultation on criteria identified by the CAA for locating a UK spaceport https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/spaceport-locations-and-criteria, Llanbedr Airfield, along with Campbeltown Airport, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Newquay Cornwall Airport and Stornoway, were identified as potential locations for a permanent UK spaceport. RAF Leuchars was identified as a potential temporary facility.

The Government is now focussed on developing a technical specification of requirements to provide potential locations with clarity on the detail of what becoming a UK spaceport would involve. It is critical that we provide as much certainty as possible so that potential locations can assess whether spaceplane operations are both feasible and deliverable.

The United States is recognised as the leading nation on commercial sub-orbital spaceflight, and we are currently seeking input on our work from a number of US-based organisations. We are planning to share our work on the detailed technical requirements with all potential locations from September this year.

Grouped Questions: 6968 | 6970 | 6971 | 6972
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(Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
[N]
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Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Spaceflight: Llanbedr
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of building a spaceport at Llanbedr, Gwynedd on tourism businesses in that area.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 20 July 2015

The Government’s ambition is for a UK spaceport that will be an integral part of Britain’s future in space, providing a focus for regional and international investment, creating new job opportunities, supporting our existing cutting-edge technology companies, and securing UK leadership in an important emerging market.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has studied the potential for horizontal, sub-orbital spaceplane operations from the UK https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/commercial-spaceplane-certification-and-operations-uk-government-review.

The Government’s aim now is to create the infrastructure and regulatory environment to operate these innovative technologies safely and commercially, alongside existing civilian and military users.

Following consultation on criteria identified by the CAA for locating a UK spaceport https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/spaceport-locations-and-criteria, Llanbedr Airfield, along with Campbeltown Airport, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Newquay Cornwall Airport and Stornoway, were identified as potential locations for a permanent UK spaceport. RAF Leuchars was identified as a potential temporary facility.

The Government is now focussed on developing a technical specification of requirements to provide potential locations with clarity on the detail of what becoming a UK spaceport would involve. It is critical that we provide as much certainty as possible so that potential locations can assess whether spaceplane operations are both feasible and deliverable.

The United States is recognised as the leading nation on commercial sub-orbital spaceflight, and we are currently seeking input on our work from a number of US-based organisations. We are planning to share our work on the detailed technical requirements with all potential locations from September this year.

Grouped Questions: 6968 | 6969 | 6971 | 6972
Q
(Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Spaceflight
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on locating a spaceport in the UK.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 20 July 2015

The Government’s ambition is for a UK spaceport that will be an integral part of Britain’s future in space, providing a focus for regional and international investment, creating new job opportunities, supporting our existing cutting-edge technology companies, and securing UK leadership in an important emerging market.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has studied the potential for horizontal, sub-orbital spaceplane operations from the UK https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/commercial-spaceplane-certification-and-operations-uk-government-review.

The Government’s aim now is to create the infrastructure and regulatory environment to operate these innovative technologies safely and commercially, alongside existing civilian and military users.

Following consultation on criteria identified by the CAA for locating a UK spaceport https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/spaceport-locations-and-criteria, Llanbedr Airfield, along with Campbeltown Airport, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Newquay Cornwall Airport and Stornoway, were identified as potential locations for a permanent UK spaceport. RAF Leuchars was identified as a potential temporary facility.

The Government is now focussed on developing a technical specification of requirements to provide potential locations with clarity on the detail of what becoming a UK spaceport would involve. It is critical that we provide as much certainty as possible so that potential locations can assess whether spaceplane operations are both feasible and deliverable.

The United States is recognised as the leading nation on commercial sub-orbital spaceflight, and we are currently seeking input on our work from a number of US-based organisations. We are planning to share our work on the detailed technical requirements with all potential locations from September this year.

Grouped Questions: 6968 | 6969 | 6970 | 6972
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(Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Spaceflight: Llanbedr
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that would be created by the introduction of a spaceport in Llanbedr, Gwynedd.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 20 July 2015

The Government’s ambition is for a UK spaceport that will be an integral part of Britain’s future in space, providing a focus for regional and international investment, creating new job opportunities, supporting our existing cutting-edge technology companies, and securing UK leadership in an important emerging market.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has studied the potential for horizontal, sub-orbital spaceplane operations from the UK https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/commercial-spaceplane-certification-and-operations-uk-government-review.

The Government’s aim now is to create the infrastructure and regulatory environment to operate these innovative technologies safely and commercially, alongside existing civilian and military users.

Following consultation on criteria identified by the CAA for locating a UK spaceport https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/spaceport-locations-and-criteria, Llanbedr Airfield, along with Campbeltown Airport, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Newquay Cornwall Airport and Stornoway, were identified as potential locations for a permanent UK spaceport. RAF Leuchars was identified as a potential temporary facility.

The Government is now focussed on developing a technical specification of requirements to provide potential locations with clarity on the detail of what becoming a UK spaceport would involve. It is critical that we provide as much certainty as possible so that potential locations can assess whether spaceplane operations are both feasible and deliverable.

The United States is recognised as the leading nation on commercial sub-orbital spaceflight, and we are currently seeking input on our work from a number of US-based organisations. We are planning to share our work on the detailed technical requirements with all potential locations from September this year.

Grouped Questions: 6968 | 6969 | 6970 | 6971
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(Nottingham South)
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Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Network Rail
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the proposals relating to Network Rail set out in paragraph 1.255 of the Summer Budget 2015, if he will publish in relation to those proposals a Green Paper or a White Paper; and whether those proposals will be subject to a public consultation.
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Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 20 July 2015

In paragraph 1.255 of the Summer Budget 2015 the government announced a number of proposals relating to Network Rail. These included appropriate methods of transparency and consultation:

  • The Secretary of State has asked Sir Peter Hendy, Chair of Network Rail, to continue the company’s work of devolving more power to route managers. This is an internal management matter for Network Rail, which I look forward to discussing with them further.

  • The government will change the way it channels public money through the industry, directing it through train operating companies. This will involve detailed consultation with industry as part of the Office of Rail and Road’s upcoming Periodic Review process (PR18).

  • The government will also introduce a new approach to station redevelopment and commercial land sales on the rail network. This work will engage with the government’s ongoing Strategic Land and Property Review (SLPR). This will ensure a robust approach which is consistent with wider government work in this area.

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Asked by Keir Starmer
(Holborn and St Pancras)
[N]
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Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the overall reduction of cost to High Speed 2 of terminating the proposed line at Old Oak Common including any necessary redesign of the station at Old Oak Common to make such a termination possible; and what effect such a reduction would have on the cost-benefit analysis for High Speed 2.
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Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 20 July 2015

A number of options for the London terminal station for HS2 were considered as part of a strategic assessment in 2009. This included terminating HS2 at Old Oak Common. Only options that were included in the final sift were subject to detailed evaluation including a cost assessment.

Early transport analysis found that the bulk of the demand for HS2 would come from the central, north and south of London which would be best served by a central London station. Given that, Old Oak Common would not deliver the same level of benefits as a central London station and it was not included as part of the final sift and was therefore not subject to a cost analysis.

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Asked by Lucy Powell
(Manchester Central)
[N]
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Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railways: North of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on employment in Greater Manchester of pausing the Manchester to Leeds electrification project in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018 and (e) 2019.
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Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 20 July 2015

The department does not have an assessment of the impact of the pause on employment in Greater Manchester.

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Asked by Lucy Powell
(Manchester Central)
[N]
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Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railways: North of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what ministerial visits there have been associated with promoting the electrification of the Manchester to Leeds railway line since 2011; and what the cost of each such visit was.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 20 July 2015

Ministers visit all areas of the country to discuss transport projects and to see for themselves the transport requirements in various places. It is not possible to give the cost of each such visit. It is this Government which is committed to transport. With £70 billion of capital investment over the next five years, we will deliver the biggest transformation in our rail network since Victorian times and our road networks in a generation. As Ministers we visit various parts of the country and receive updates on this record investment as we play catch-up from falling from 7th to 33rd in the World Economic Forum infrastructure world rankings between 1997 and 2010.

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Asked by Lucy Powell
(Manchester Central)
[N]
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Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railways: North of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of passengers on the Manchester to Leeds railway line in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018 and (e) 2019.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 20 July 2015

The Department is currently running competitions to decide who will operate the new TransPennine Express and Northern franchises that commence in April 2016.  The Department expects significant future growth on the services between Manchester and Leeds, supported by the substantial increase in capacity that the operator of the new franchises will be required to deliver.  However, releasing specific forecasts of future passenger growth on routes served by the franchises during the competitions for those franchises could compromise the Department’s commercial position until the franchise competitions are concluded.

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(Nottingham South)
[N]
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Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Network Rail
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2015 to Question 5694, what projects will receive how much funding for projects in addition to the Rail Investment Strategy in each year as part of funding available.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 20 July 2015

The Secretary of State announced on 25th June that he had commissioned from the incoming Chair of Network Rail, Sir Peter Hendy, proposals for re-planning the Control Period 5 (CP5) programme. It would be premature to comment on the detailed delivery of individual projects before Sir Peter reports. The Secretary of State has reaffirmed the commitment of this Government to ensure that the CP5 programme of rail investments will be delivered.

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(Nottingham South)
[N]
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Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Network Rail
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the 2014 review of Network Rail's enhancement programme carried out jointly by his Department, Network Rail and the Office of Rail and Road was initiated at his Department's request.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 20 July 2015

By spring 2014, as Network Rail began to develop designs for its enhancements to a greater level of maturity, it identified increases in cost forecasts on some of the major electrification schemes and discussed these forecasts with the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Office of Rail and Roads (ORR). Very few of the schemes had passed through the ORR’s regulatory process to ascertain their efficient price by this point in time, so the forecasts remained indicative.

In light of this emerging picture, last summer Secretary of State asked Network Rail as a matter of urgency to provide an update on forecast costs across the whole programme, working with the ORR and DfT officials.

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(Nottingham South)
[N]
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Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Network Rail
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2015 to Question 6453 and to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in his Department, the hon. Member for Devizes, on 8 July 2015, Official Report, column 107WH, on which date the Chief Executive of Network Rail gave a presentation to his Department's Board.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 20 July 2015

The Chief Executive of Network Rail gave a presentation to the Department for Transport Board on 3rd September 2014 and 3rd June 2015.

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(Nottingham South)
[N]
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Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Railways: Electrification
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2015 to Question 5807, what the cost-benefit ratio was for the overall Midland Main Line upgrade package, including electrification and other works, on the most recent date for which figures are available; and what the cost-benefit ratio for TransPennine electrification referred to in that Answer was on the most recent date for which figures are available.
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Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 20 July 2015

Initial work considering the overall Midland Main Line (MML) upgrade package, including electrification and other works indicates that for options which retain or improve fast intercity rolling stock, on all MML services the benefit cost ratio (BCR) would be in a range between 4.7 and 7.2 dependent on train length and train type.

The initial work on the North Transpennine electrification business case comprises a range of scenarios.  As I said in my previous answer, the latest assessment of the BCR for electrification alone showed it was poor value for money (less than 1) but when it is combined with track improvements to provide faster journeys and more frequent services, it has the potential to be high value for money.

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(Newport East)
[N]
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Asked on: 14 July 2015
Department for Transport
Severn River Crossing: Tolls
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total VAT payable or received by the Government from the Severn Bridges' tolls has been to date.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 20 July 2015

The Crossings operated from 1992 to 2003 without VAT being applied on Severn Crossing tolls.

The amount of VAT that Severn River Crossings Ltd have paid to HMRC amounts to £154.2m between 2003 and 2014.

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