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Roads: Trans-European Networks

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 20 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the quality of those sections of the Trans-European Road network which lie within the UK. (248625)

The Highways Agency (HA), on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport, is the highway authority for the strategic road network in England, which includes the vast majority of the Trans European Road Network (TERN) in England.

The Highways Agency is responsible for ensuring that the strategic road network is maintained in a safe and reliable condition. As part of this, it undertakes an annual survey of the network.

The condition of the Trans European Rail Network in Scotland and Wales is the responsibility of Scottish Ministers and the Welsh Assembly Government respectively.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his duties are in respect of the section of the Trans-European Road Network which lies within the UK. (248909)

The Trans-European Network—Transport (TEN-T) programme finances infrastructure projects and studies for roads and other transport modes on the TEN-T network.

The Department for Transport has policy responsibility for the TEN-T programme, representing and pursuing the UK interests in Brussels.

The Department for Transport is also responsible for co-ordinating and presenting bids for funding from the programme for UK infrastructure projects. These can come from a variety of project sponsors including the devolved Administrations, regional assemblies and the Highways Agency. In 2007, we secured €80.71 million funding for a road package comprising works in England and Northern Ireland.