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Transport: Transpennine Corridor

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the levels of (a) road transport and (b) rail transport in the Transpennine corridor. (125776)

The current levels of road traffic on the Transpennine routes at their busiest sections taken from the 2005 Traffic Monitoring-Data Analysis Report are:

M62 Junction 25 (Huddersfield) and J27 (Leeds)—134,500 Annual Average Daily Traffic flow (17 per cent. of which is heavy goods vehicles)

A66—15,000 AADT (28 per cent. HGV)

A69—47,000 AADT (24 per cent. HGV)

M67/A628/A616 (at M67 Jet 0-1)—52,100 AADT (13 per cent. HGV).

The current level of rail traffic between Manchester and Leeds, using Huddersfield as a central measurement point, is an average of 104 trains in each direction on any weekday. Capacity on the core Leeds-Manchester section of the north Transpennine route was stepped up in December 2004 from three trains per hour to four trains per hour.

The current level of rail traffic between Manchester and Sheffield, using Edale as a central measurement point, is an average of 44 trains in each direction on any weekday.