PQs 17th – 20th Dec

Roads
 
Andrew Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the maintenance backlog of (a) roads and (b) pavements on the non-strategic highways network in England; and if he will make a statement. [134201]
Norman Baker: No assessment has been made. Roads and pavements on the non-strategic highway network in England are managed by, and are the responsibility of, local highway authorities. It is for individual authorities to assess maintenance needs and prioritise accordingly.
The Department for Transport does, however, recognise the importance of the local highway network and is providing over £3 billion to local highway authorities from 2011 to 2015 for highways maintenance. We also provided a further £200 million in March 2011 for them to repair potholes on the local road network damaged by the severe winter weather at the end of 2010.
As announced in the December 2012 Autumn Statement, the Department for Transport will be providing an additional £333 million capital funding over the next two financial years to 2015 for essential highways maintenance on both the strategic and local highway network. Details of allocations to local highway authorities have been announced today.
The funding provided by the Department for Transport provides local highway authorities with the flexibility to use their local knowledge and experience to decide how to prioritise expenditure.
Roads: Accidents
 
Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic collisions were responded to by police in (a) the Suffolk police force area and (b) England in (i) 2009, (ii) 2010, (iii) 2011 and (iv) 2012 to date; and how many such collisions involved a fatality. [133659]
Stephen Hammond: The Department only collects information relating to personal injury accidents, and therefore does not include in its statistics damage-only accidents, or cases where a police officer attended an accident but did not report it.
In each of the last three years, the number of reported personal injury accidents and the number of those accidents involving a fatality, where a police officer attended the scene and obtained report details, in (a) the Suffolk police force area, and (b) England, were as follows:
Reported number of personal injury accidents in the Suffolk police force area, and England, where a police officer attended the scene and obtained report details, 2009  11
Number of Accidents
2009 2010 2011

Suffolk

Fatal

37

19

28

Total

1,640

1,523

1,598

England

Fatal

1,715

1,431

1,491

Total

115,531

110,033

108,895

In-year totals for 2012 have only been published at Great Britain level. The latest published figures cover the period to June 2012 and are available at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/ras45-quarterly-statistics
Figures for geographic areas within Great Britain for the year 2012 are due for publication in June 2013.
Roads: East of England
 
Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding his Department has allocated for road safety improvements in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire and (f) Norfolk in each of the last three years. [133747]
Stephen Hammond: The Department does not make separate allocations for road safety improvements but such improvements can be funded via the Integrated Transport Block capital allocation. Over the last three years, the capital allocation for these specific authorities is as follows:
All figures £ million
2010-11 2011-12 2012-13

Suffolk

5.061

4.508

4.122

Central Bedfordshire

1.995

1.464

1.339

Cambridgeshire

6.104

.4.439

4.059

Essex

10.445

9.150

8.366

Hertfordshire

8.755

6.804

6.221

Norfolk

8.224

5.824

5.324

In addition, authorities are able to use revenue funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s formula grant for road safety measures.
Road Traffic
 
Andrew Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the change in traffic volumes on (a) the national strategic road network, (b) other A roads, (c) B roads, (d) other adopted public highways and (e) all adopted public highways in England in each of the last 10 years for which records are available. [134193]
Stephen Hammond: A table containing road traffic volume in England, and the percentage change, for 2001 to 2011 has been deposited in the Libraries of the House.
The table splits the road traffic figures between the strategic road network and local authority managed roads. Please note while the majority of the motorway network is included in the strategic road network, there are some small sections of motorway that are managed by local authorities. The traffic for these local authority managed motorways is presented separately.
Robust estimates of traffic volumes for different categories of ‘local authority minor roads’ are not available.
Roads
 
Andrew Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) length and (b) proportion is of roads in each local authority area in England which are (i) part of the national strategic road network, (ii) other A roads, (iii) B roads, (iv) other adopted public highways and (v) adopted public highways of any type. [134192]
Stephen Hammond: A table providing the length of public road within each local authority in England in 2011, broken down by road type has been deposited in the Libraries of the House.
The road type categories used in the table are as follows:
Strategic Road Network—motorways
Strategic Road Network—’A’ roads
Local Highway Authority motorways
Local Highway Authority ‘A’ roads
Local Highway Authority ‘B’ roads
Local Highway Authority ‘C’ roads
Local Highway Authority ‘U’ roads
A second table has been deposited, which provides the proportions of road length within each local authority in each of these categories.
Andrew Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of (a) maintenance and (b) capital spending on (i) the national strategic road network and (ii) all other public highways in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. [134194]
Stephen Hammond: The following table shows spend on maintenance and capital spending for the national strategic road network and other public highways for the last 10 years for which figures are available.
All figures £ million
National strategic road network Other public highways
Maintenance Capital spend Maintenance Capital spend

2001-02

711

601

2,700

985

2002-03

796

691

2,848

1,410

2003-04

726

397

2,975

1,198

2004-05

732

592

3,150

1,278

2005-06

852

722

3,138

1,297

2006-07

850

1,080

3,028

1,250

2007-08

904

1,008

3,088

1,320

2008-09

914

1,039

2,688

1,554

2009-10

1,307

1,134

3,257

1,321

2010-11

772

1,227

3,067

1,486

 Notes: 1. National strategic road network—Maintenance (total capital and resource); Capital (capital spend on SRN less capital spend on structural maintenance and bridges ). Figures shown are at outturn prices. 2. Other public highways—Maintenance (total capital and resource); Capital (capital spend on roads less capital spend on structural maintenance and bridges). Figures are adjusted for inflation using the latest HM Treasury GDP deflator.
Roads: Greater London
 
Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in road traffic accidents in Greater London in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [134177]
Stephen Hammond: The Department collects and publishes information on reported personal injury road accidents on calendar year bases. The information requested is given in the following table for the 2010 and 2011 calendar years:
Number of casualties
Severity 2010 2011

Killed

126

159

Serious

2,763

2,651

Slight

26,048

26,481

Total

28,937

29,291

Statistics for calendar year 2012 will be published in June 2013.
Road safety is a top priority and it remains a fact that Great Britain’s roads are some of the safest in the world.
Any road death or injury is a tragedy and I will continue to take urgent action to crack down on the most dangerous drivers and improve road safety.
Roads: Suffolk
 
Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents have occurred in Suffolk on each day of the week in each of the last three years. [134431]
Stephen Hammond: The Department only collects information relating to personal injury accidents, and therefore does not include in its statistics damage-only accidents.
In each of the last three years, the total number of reported personal injury accidents occurring in Suffolk on each day of the week, were as follows:
Reported number of personal injury accidents in Suffolk, by day of week, 2009-11
Number of accidents
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

2009

220

276

302

297

266

311

275

2010

188

249

266

293

281

293

242

2011

193

240

268

283

288

332

247

Speed Limits: Cameras
 
Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when approval was given for the introduction of variable speed enforcement cameras. [134178]
Stephen Hammond: Section 17 2 (d) of the Road Traffic Act 1991, which commenced on 1 April 1992, allowed variable speed limits which can be enforced by speed enforcement cameras. Speed enforcement cameras were allowed under section 23 of the Road Traffic Act 1991.
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