HC Deb 11 January 2000 vol 342 cc116-7W
Mr. Woolas

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to issue an exemption order for the fleet of trams to be introduced into service in Croydon in respect of the provisions of the Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations 1998. [104620]

Mr. Hill

As my predecessor explained in her answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow, East (Mr. McNulty) on 9 March 1999,Official Report, column 167W, we are expecting to receive a number of exemption applications from train and tram operating companies whose designs for new rail vehicles were well advanced prior to the 1998 Regulations coming into force.

We have received an application from Tramtrack Croydon Ltd. relating to the new trams they wish to introduce on Croydon Tramlink. The exemptions have been discussed with our statutory advisers, the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee. An exemption Order relating to the exemption of these trams was laid in Parliament yesterday. Copies are available from the Library.

The exemptions will not prevent disabled people from using the new trams or trains. Indeed, we believe that their introduction will make a significant contribution to improving mobility opportunities for disabled people.

Authority Value £ Title of Bid
Bath and NE Somerset 801,127 Enhanced Bus Services
Buckinghamshire 985,000 Easybus Project
Cheshire 632,388 Demand Responsive Rural Community Transport Strategy
Cornwall 100,000 The Helston-Redruth Branch Line Bus Service
57,270 The Gorran and District Ring-and-Ride Service
Cumbria 722,000 Cumbrian Connexion
Derbyshire 155,000 Public Transport Information Technology
Devon 640,000 Buses are Cool
East Riding 423,300 MediBus Network
East Sussex 102,000 North Lewes District Rural Taxibus Partnership
Gloucestershire 998,900 IMPACT—Improving Accessible Transport
Greater Manchester 312,000 Rural Transport Operators
Hampshire 169,457 Fully Integrated Brockenhurst
Herefordshire 78,000 Home Hopper
Hertfordshire 107,000 Accessible Taxis Rural Areas Partnership
180,000 Multi-purpose Accessible Vehicles in Rural Areas
Kent 381,000 Swale Unified Network (SUN)
Lancashire 106,733 Rural Intelligent Bus Stop System
280,999 Garstang "Super 8" Variable Route Minibus Service
Lincolnshire 940,962 Spalding-Kings Lynn
680,687 Lincoln-Boston
Merseyside 12,600 Satellite Tracking and Communications Equipment
Norfolk 478,800 Quality Bus Partnership (Kings Lynn-Hunstanton)
North Lincolnshire 88,095 Brigg Bus Stop Infrastructure Improvements
North Yorkshire 43,200 Whixley Area Community Transport Project
Northamptonshire 221,850 East Northants Community Bus and Trailer Project
204,550 Cross County Quality Bus Partnership
61,550 Wellinborough Rural Door-to-Door Service
Northumberland 74,000 Access to Journey Planner
Oxfordshire 62,192 Cotswold Line Taxi-Bus Interchange
229,100 Wheelchair Accessible Express Coach Feeder and Dial-a-Ride Service in South Oxfordshire
426,000 Cherwell Valley Taxi-Bus Scheme
285,000 Integrated Rural Taxi-Bus Links to Bicester North Railway Station
Redcar and Cleveland 5,000 Minibus Turning Circle
Shropshire 21,600 Bike-Bus Demonstration Project
21,900 Community Transport Information System
Somerset 90,823 West Somerset Social Car Scheme
25,582 Wells—Priddy Postbus
225,195 Continuation of Mendip Flexibus Funding
South Gloucestershire 540,300 Strategic Interchange and Local Access Hubs
South Yorkshire 40,478 Hampole and Skelbrooke
1,342,275 South Rotherham Transport Strategy
Staffordshire 117,500 Gnosall Community Links
Stockton on Tees 12,000 Bus Facilities at Yarm Station
Suffolk 305,122 Wheels Within Wheels
Telford and Wrekin 174,000 Rural Transport Links—The Wrekin Rider
Torbay 142,990 South Devon Hospital Hopper Bus
Tyne and Wear 361,550 Transpods
Warrington 60,000 Car Share Co-ordinator
Warwickshire 155,088 Flexi Bus Routes
West Berkshire 75,700 Taxi-Bus
West Sussex 218,000 Demanding Public Transport
West Yorkshire 208,928 Denby Dale
Wiltshire 642,450 Trans-Wilts Express
453,160 Royal United Hospital Demand Responsive Taxi-Bus service
58,000 Wigglybus
Worcestershire 404,049 Route Enhancement: Service 382
36,500 Bus Passenger Escort Scheme
58 Schemes 16,778,950