HC Deb 01 July 2002 vol 388 c107W
Mrs. May

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many low-emission buses were introduced in each of the last five years, broken down by type of(a) fuel and (b) engine that cause the lower emissions [64968]

Mr. Jamieson

To help reduce traffic pollution, low-emission buses and other heavy vehicles are eligible for lower 'reduced pollution certificate' (RPC) rates of Vehicle Excise Duty. The numbers of buses being registered in the last five years and qualifying for RPCs, broken down by fuel/engine type, are as follows:

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Petrol 0 0 0 6 2
Diesel 29 122 385 583 429
Gas 23 7 30 12 5
Total 52 129 415 601 436

Scheme and brief details Estimated cost (£ million) Start of Works
M60 Motorway Junctions 5 to 8 Widening. Widening the motorway from the present dual two and three lane carriageways to dual three and four lane carriageways with associated improvements to junctions. 80 2003–04
A595 Parton to Lillyhall. Upgrading the route between Parton and Lillyhall, including improvements to junctions, and a dual carriageway bypass of the villages of Distington and Howgate. 17.7 2005–06
A66 Temple Sowerby Bypass (dual carriageway). Removal of some 90 per cent. of traffic through Temple Sowerby, including a substantial number of heavy goods vehicles, bringing safety and environmental benefits. 18 Spring 2004–05

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