HC Deb 10 February 1998 vol 306 c129W
Dr. Brand

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what is the expenditure by the Exchequer through central Government agencies in the current financial year, expressed in terms of money per estimated passenger mile, on(a) motorways,(b) railways and (c) ferries. [28046]

Mode Description of Expenditure 1997–98 (estimated outturn) £m1 Estimated passenger miles
Motorways and Trunk Road Highways Agency Programme Expenditure 1,473 120bn in 19962
National Railways Office of Passenger Rail Franchising support to train operating companies 1,434 20bn in 1996–97
DETR Grants to English Passenger Transport Executives 250
Support to local authority heavy rail schemes3 10
London Underground Grant to London Underground 543 4bn in 1996–97
Urban Light Rail Support for urban light rail schemes 128 282m in 1996–97
Ferries Woolwich Ferry 5 680,000 in 1997–98
Other than the Woolwich Ferry service, the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions does not financially support the cost of operating ferry services. In 1996 an estimated 342 million passenger miles were undertaken on all domestic ferry routes (including inter island and river crossings and the Woolwich Ferry).
1 Rounded to the nearest £1 million.
2 This figure has been estimated for 1996 using figures from Table 1.1 and 4.9 in Transport Statistics Great Britain (1997 Edition)—the implied occupancy rate (passenger miles divided by vehicle miles) has been applied to mileage on motorways and trunk roads for buses and coaches, cars and vans, and motorcycles.
3 Figures do not include support towards local authority heavy rail projects from the Single Regeneration Budget, Capital Challenge and TPP "Package" strategies, figures for which are not held centrally.
4 Government pays grant to London Transport, who are responsible for allocating resources as between London Underground and other businesses.