HL Deb 06 April 2004 vol 659 c234WA
Lord Morris of Manchester

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they have had from the chairman of the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority in regard to the Traffic Management Bill; what reply they have sent; and what action they are taking. [HL2243]

Lord Davies of Oldham

The chairman of the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority wrote to ministerial colleagues earlier this month seeking amendments to the Traffic Management Bill. This would place a requirement on the face of the Bill for passenger transport executivies to be notified when utility street works are carried out in their area. I understand that colleagues will be replying shortly, setting out their views on whether primary legislation is needed to achieve this goal, or whether it is more appropriate for secondary legislation and statutory guidance. Officials in the Department for Transport met with representatives of the passenger transport executives, including those from Manchester. earlier this week to discuss the Bill.

Over the coming months we will be looking at the notification of all works in the highway as part of drawing up the secondary legislation and guidance underpinning the Bill. We will be consulting the passenger transport authorities, and other relevant bodies, as part of this exercise before deciding exactly what changes should be made to the existing arrangements.