HC Deb 01 May 1991 vol 190 cc179-80W
Ms. Gordon

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will supply figures for each financial year since 1981 for the amount of public expenditure by his Department on(a) public transport infrastructure and (b) road infrastructure that is either in the London docklands urban development area or will serve it.

Mr. Roger Freeman

The Department of Transport makes grants to British Rail and, since 1984, to London Regional Transport—LRT. It is the responsibility of those two organisations to provide public transport infrastructure to and within docklands. Capital expenditure on the Docklands light railway by LRT, including contributions from developers, has been as follows:

£ million
1984–85 26
1985–86 33
1986–87 16
1987–88 61
1988–89 51
1989–90 93
1990–91 153

Information on expenditure by London Buses, London Underground and Network SouthEast on infrastructure serving docklands is not readily available.

The Government have made a grant of £500,000 to the consortium responsible for the riverbus service.

The following schemes in the national road programme which serve the London Docklands area were completed or under construction during this period:

  • A2 Rochester Way Relief Road
  • Al3 Leamouth Road
  • A13 West India Dock Road
  • A406 South Woodford-Barking Relief Road
  • East London Traffic Control System

Expenditure on these schemes was:

£ million
Up to 1987–88 119
1988–89 11
1989–90 10
1990–91 15

The Department is also responsible for maintenance and minor improvements to trunk roads in this area, and for the operation of the Woolwich ferry. Expenditure was as follows. Detailed figures for years prior to 1987–88 are not readily available.

£ million
1987–88 3
1988–89 6
1989–90 8
1990–91 12