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Public Transport

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money his Department spent on each form of public transport in Essex in each of the last 10 years. (109759)

The information is as follows:

Buses

The majority of support for local bus services is provided by local authorities using the Government's revenue support grant. It is for each authority to decide how much of their RSG allocation to devote to bus support.

The following table shows payments to Essex county council under the Department's bus grant schemes, introduced in 1998.

Bus1 (£ million)

1996-97

0

1997-98

0

1998-99

1.46

1999-2000

1.17

2000-01

1.32

2001-02

1.97

2002-03

1.91

2003-04

2.37

2004-05

2.69

2005-06

2.40

1 The Department's bus grant schemes are Rural Bus Subsidy Grant, Rural and Urban Bus Challenge and Kickstart.

In addition, the Department pays bus service operators grant to operators of local bus services throughout the country but information on this expenditure is not collected on a county basis.

Local authorities also receive funding from the Department under the local transport plan system for capital expenditure on local transport, a significant proportion of which spending assists the provision of bus services.

Rail

The Department provides funding both to Network Rail and to train operating companies. Such funding in either category that would relate specifically to Essex is not readily distinguishable. The following TOCs currently provide or have historically provided passenger services to destinations in Essex:

One

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WAGN

Great Eastern

Anglia

Information concerning the subsidies paid to/premia payments received from all TOCs is included in the national rail trends publication from the Office of Rail Regulation. It should be noted again that this does not, however, separately allocate funding to specific counties within each TOC.