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Tyne and Wear : Metro:

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much capital funding from the public purse the Tyne and Wear Metro received in each year since 1997; (197650)

(2) how many people were prosecuted for fare evasion on the Tyne and Wear Metro in each year since 1997;

(3) how many passengers travelled on the Tyne and Wear Metro in each year since 1997.

The figures for passenger journeys and prosecutions are as follows.

Number of Passenger journeys (million)

Number of Prosecutions (as advised by Nexus)

1997-98

35.0

1,220

1998-99

33.8

1,015

1999-2000

32.7

1,904

2000-01

32.5

1,877

2001-02

33.4

2,827

2002-03

36.6

2,995

2003-04

37.9

3,477

2004-05

36.8

4,627

2005-06

35.8

5,723

2006-07

37.9

5,738

The prosecutions are mostly for fare evasion but the figures include a small element for other offences, for example relating to trespass and disorder. A precise breakdown is not available.

Since April 1997 the Government have provided the following specific capital funding.

Purpose

£ million

1999-2000 to 2003-04

Extension of the Metro to Sunderland

37.465

2000-01

Metrocar refurbishment

0.46

2002-03 to 2004-05

Four Lane Ends Bus/Metro Interchange

7.625

2000-01

CCTV provision

7.2

The Government have also supported investment in the Metro through local transport capital block funding provided to the Tyne and Wear local authorities and the Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus) though the local transport plan (LTP) system and previous arrangements. The proportion of this funding spent on the Metro is a matter for the local LTP partners and information is not held centrally. Nexus has also received grants from the European Commission for Metro capital funding.

In addition the Government have provided an annual subsidy for the Metro in every year since 1997. Up to and including 2004-05 this was provided solely as revenue support although Nexus were able to use this for capital spending on the Metro. In 2005-06 and 2006-07 the annual subsidy has included a specific element of capital grant of £4.180 million and £4.305 million respectively.