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Railways

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average subsidy per passenger kilometre is for lines in the London region. (82088)

This information is available in the Office of Rail Regulation publication “National Rail Trends”, copies of which are available in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of rail journeys he estimates were made by people living in the London area in 2005-06. (82089)

Based on data from the National Travel Survey, it is estimated that 36 per cent. of rail journeys in Great Britain in 2004 were made by residents of greater London.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of rail journeys are started or ended in London. (82091)

The information is published in the National Rail Trends Yearbook editions, which are available in the House Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress Arriva Trains Wales is making in refurbishing (a) 142, (b) 143, (c) 150 and (d) 158 class units; and if he will make a statement. (80633)

Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) last refurbished the class 142s and 143s between 2000 and 2002, which included external painting, installation of new seats, floors, body panels and handles being fitted. Currently eight of the fleet are being repainted to complete the refurbishment of this class.

ATW’s class 150s were last refurbished between 2000 and 2002, which included installing new seats, floors and body panels. Since then, 13 of these trains have been added to ATW. ATW are currently refurbishing these. To date, nine have been completed, with the remaining four being completed by the end of August 2006.

In relation to ATW’s class 158s, ATW have said that there are currently no plans to refurbish this rolling stock.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2006, Official Report, column 21W, on railways, what class of rolling stock will be transferred to Arriva Trains Wales on the Swansea to Cardiff route in December 2006; who the manufacturer is; who the previous operating company was; and what the age of the stock is. (80725)

The vehicles to be operated by Arriva Train Wales on the Swansea to Cardiff route are three car class 175 units, built by Alstom. These vehicles were previously sub-leased by ATW to Trans-Pennine Express. The stock is around six years old.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of rail freight passing through London crosses Battersea railway bridge. (82087)

The Department does not hold information regarding the number of freight train services on specific lines of the rail network.

Inquiries of this nature should be directed to Network Rail.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to safeguard transport corridors through land controlled by the British Railways Board. (82340)

Details of the Department for Transport's guidance to BRB (Residuary) Ltd. on the disposal of property can be seen on the company's website at http://www.brb.gov.uk/land_disposal.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the residual value of the property held by the British Railways Board. (82341)

Details of the value of property held by BRB (Residuary) Ltd. is contained in the annual report of the company which can be seen on the BRB (R) website at http://www.brb.gov.uk/annual_report/annual-report-2005.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations his Department has made to encourage the use of Sunday rail services in areas where it would be beneficial for the promotion of local tourism and leisure activities; and what special grants are available for additional Sunday rail services in such areas. (80805)

The Government do not make any specific grants to encourage the use of Sunday rail services, but are investing heavily in rail and this is yielding results in terms of additional passengers on Sundays and other days of the week. The Government specify the minimum level of services through the franchising process.