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Rail Funding

Volume 403: debated on Monday 7 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) amount and (b) source of funding (i) paid, (ii) contracted and (iii) agreed to be paid by non Strategic Rail Authority sources, to supplement the Rail Passenger Partnership schemes set out on page 23 of the Strategic Rail Authority Annual Report 2001–02. [104491]

The information is not readily available in precisely the form requested. Information about the total amount of support from non-Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) sources to supplement the Rail Passenger Partnership (RPP) schemes set out on page 23 of the SRA's 2001–02 Annual Report is shown in the table below. The non-SRA funding element of RPP schemes often includes sponsorship from more than one source. Typically schemes include support from the local authorities and the relevant train operating company, and other sponsors to date have included (amongst others) Network Rail, the Countryside Agency, Regional Development Agencies, Community Rail Partnerships, the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Executive.

£ million

Scheme

SRA funding

Funding from non-SRA sources

Swanage: new services6,821,0009,844
Southminster Branch Line: additional Sunday services85,0000
Sudbury Branch Line: additional Winter Sunday services80,0000
Beauly: station re-opening99,340120,000
First Great Eastern: additional cycle parking34,28635,000
Traintaxi: information database serving all stations ATOC (MML)24,00024,000
Saltash: station improvements95,00011,000
Willesden—Clapham: additional Sunday services65,00056,000
Ludlow: ticket office89,00011,000
First North Western: additional rolling stock (Class 142s)2,657,0000
Cross City Line (Birmingham): higher frequency of trains3,455,0001,018
Truto—Falmouth: all year Sunday service64,00067,000
Bromsgrove: station improvements180,00070,000
Robin Hood Line (Nottingham): additional train services234,00070,000
SmartCard: integrated transport ATOC (Vergin CrossCountry)970,0001,305,000
Matlock—Derby: feasibility study190,000610,000
Kent station: additional cycle parking118,000102,000
Penzance interchange: station improvements250,000519,000
Exeter—Barnstaple: additional services144,00068,000
Cardiff Valley Lines: service strengthening738,0000
Doncaster: station improvementsNow to be funded through an alternative mechanism
Royal Welsh Show services19,6616,000

1 References to £0 non-SRA sponsorship in this table do not take into account benefits in kind (e.g. in terms of staff resources) provided by the relevant train operating company to enable the scheme to operate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the total level of Rail Passenger Partnership funding to be paid by the Strategic Rail Authority during the financial year 2003–04, with particular reference to the nature of the schemes to which any such funding would be directed. [104493]

The Strategic Rail Authority's (SRA's) budget for Rail Passenger Partnership schemes in 2003–04 is £20 million of which £16.3 million is currently committed. Funding is directed to the provision of new or enhanced local and regional rail services that cannot be justified on financial grounds alone but which contribute to the Government's wider objectives for rail, including modal shift and integration with other modes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will list the (a) amount and (b) source of funding (i) paid, (ii) contracted and (iii) agreed to be paid by non Strategic Rail Authority sources to

RPP schemes 20020–03£ million
SchemeStatus of schemeSRA funding for approved schemesNon-SRA funding for approved schemes
West Anglia CIS (customer information system)Rejected
Scheme now being funded
Doncasterthrough alternative mechanism
Project CymruApproved2,471,000265,000
Markinch InterchangeRejected
Coleshill InterchangeRejected
WeardalePre-qualified
Exeter Gateway (St. Davids)Pre-qualified
GreenhithePre-qualified
DartfordPre-qualified
Cheshunt BayPre-qualified

supplement Rail Passenger Partnership Scheme applications of 2002–03 which have been (A) approved, (B) deferred and (C) cancelled; (104494]

(2) if he will list the (a) location, (b) nature of the schemes, (c) amount of funding requested and (d) current stage of approval of Rail Passenger Partnership applications made to the Strategic Rail Authority in 2002–03, broken down into those (i) rejected, (ii) which reached pre-qualified status and (iii) which have had funding approved. [104492]

The information cannot readily be provided in precisely the form requested. The table as follows sets out details of RPP scheme applications in 2002–03, their current status and the amount of SRA and non-SRA support involved in the case of schemes that have been approved. The level of funding for schemes prior to approval stage is liable tochange.Schemes may be deferred, cancelled or rejected for a number of reasons, such as failure to meet SRA's value for money and affordability criteria, failure to attract adequate sponsorship from non-SRA sources, and withdrawal of the application by the sponsor.

RPP schemes 20020–03

£ million

Scheme

Status of scheme

SRA funding for approved schemes

Non-SRA funding for approved schemes

Arriva Trains Northern capacity and reliabilityApproved4,102,0771,000
Conwy Valley LineRejected
West Midland CISPre-qualified
Ferensway InterchangePre-qualified
Hull Royal Infirmary Rail HaltRejected
Salford CentralPre-qualified
Heart of Wales2, Winter Sundays. (Original approved bid withdrawn by sponsor and re-submitted)Decision pending
Bury St. EdmundsApproved223,4000350,000
BurnleyApproved259,000240,000
StanstedRejected
Liskeard II Revised BidApproved248,000352,000
MacclesfieldApproved250,000535,000
ChorleyApproved137,000130,000
PlymouthApproved136,000132,000
Downham Market AccessApproved229,000130,000
Tarka Line (Exeter to Barnstaple)Approved144,000223,000
Exeter to Exmouth (Phase 1)Deferred
Valley Lines dedicated bus serviceApproved41,000

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Bristol servicesApproved139,0000
LittleportApproved77,600135,000
Plus Bus Journey SolutionsDeferred
Devon and CornwallApproved234,0000
GlasshoughtonApproved250,0001,610
RamsgateApproved85,000100,000
BedfordRejected
SouthminsterRejected
Valley LinesRejected
First Great Eastern Cycle ParkingApproved98,00069,000
Manchester to ClitheroeRejected
HalesworthRejected
King's Cross FacadeRejected
Horwich ParkwayApproved100,000115k
WatlingtonRejected
Cheshunt Bus/Rail IntegrationRejected
HastingsRejected
Wherry LineRejected
Thameslink CycleApproved54,00055k
TrowbridgeApproved13,00010k
TauntonDeferred
Bristol Temple MeadsDeferred
Chippenham InterchangeDecision pending
London Crosslink 2 (now Phase 1&2)Deferred
Anglia Locals 2 (Phase 1&2)Pre-qualified/Rejected
Filton Abbey WoodApproved1,268,0000
Pre-qualified (Scheme now beingfunded by the National Assembly for Wales)
Ebbw Vale
Paddington vehicular accessPre qualified-Rejected
SheffieldApproved (pre qualified 2001–02)163,0000
Matlock BuxtonApproved (pre qualifed (2001–02)190,000610,000
West London LineApproved18,0000
Probus-BurngullowPre-qualified700k

1 References to £0 non-SRA sponsorship do not take into account benefits in kind (e.g. in terms of staff resources) provided by the relevant train operating company to enable the scheme to operate.