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Railways

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which stations will have fewer stopping services (a) under new franchise agreements completed by his Department since it took over responsibility for franchising from the Strategic Rail Authority and (b) under the specifications for new franchise agreements which are currently subject to a tendering process. (82308)

The Department for Transport completed franchise agreements for the Great Western, Thameslink/Great Northern and Integrated Kent franchises in December 2005.

Present service levels are contained in the National Rail timetable published by Network Rail. Service levels to be provided under the Greater Western franchise with effect from December 2006 are set out in the consultation timetable published by First Great Western in January 2006, as amended by the operator in announcements on 3 April and 15 June 2006. No changes to Thameslink/Great Northern services are proposed. Future changes to services in the Integrated Kent franchise are set out in briefing documents published on the Department's website.

The South Western franchise tenders have been received. The detailed specification for this is available on the Department's web site.

The specification for the new Cross Country, West Midlands and East Midlands franchises is still being prepared and will not be finalised until October 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average age is of the rail rolling stock operated by each train operating company. (85564)

I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 24 January 2006, Official Report, columns 1990-2W to the hon. Member for Rochdale (Paul Rowen). The average age has not changed materially since this date.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the potential total saving from the Government’s decision to specify a reduction in the number of services on some lines and to some stations in the First Great Western franchise area as part of the franchise renewal process. (85569)

The subsidy/premium profile for the Greater Western franchise has been published on the Department’s website. This can be compared with the subsidy and premiums associated with the former constituent franchises (First Great Western, First Great Western Link and Wessex Trains) in 2005-06, published by the Office of Rail Regulation in its document “National Rail Trends Yearbook” and is available on its website.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of trains in each franchise were delayed in the last year for which figures are available; and what average number of trains per day were delayed in each franchise. (85804)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) incidents there were of and (b) prosecutions there were for (i) vandalism and (ii) trespass on railway lines in each British Transport police area in relation to (A) adults and (B) juveniles in each of the last five years. (85814)

This information is not held by the Department for Transport. Information relating to vandalism and trespass on railway lines is held by the British Transport police who can be contacted at: British Transport police, 25 Camden Road, London NW1 9LN, e-mail: general.enquiries@btp.pnn. police.uk.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents of arson on the railways there have been since April 2003, broken down by (a) train operating company and (b) route. (85815)

This information is not held by the Department for Transport. Information relating to arson on the railways is held by the British Transport police who can be contacted at: British Transport police, 25 Camden Road, London NW1 9LN, e-mail: general.enquiries@.btp.pnn.police.uk.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) incidents there were of and (b) prosecutions there were for (i) criminal damage and malicious mischief and (ii) trespass on rail lines in relation to (A) adults and (B) juveniles in each of the last five years, broken down by region. (85816)

This information is not held by the Department for Transport. Information relating to criminal damage and trespass on railway lines is held by the British Transport police who can be contacted at: British Transport police, 25 Camden Road, London NW1 9LN. E-mail: general.enquiries@btp.pnn.police.uk.