Lord Kennedy of Southwark Written Questions

12 Questions to Department for Transport tabled by Lord Kennedy of Southwark


Date Title Questioner
31 Jul 2020, 12:57 p.m. Aviation Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many commercial flights have (1) taken off, and (2) landed, in the UK each day from 23 March to 16 July.

Answer (Baroness Vere of Norbiton)

The Department for Transport does not currently hold complete official statistics on commercial flight operations for the period requested. Data on the operation of commercial flights in the UK is collected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and received from UK airports typically up to two months after the end of each month in adherence to statistical regulation (EC) 437/2003 on statistical returns in respect of the carriage of passengers, freight and mail by air. As indicated on the CAA’s website, some airports have not yet reported data, which prevents the full UK picture being established.

Monitoring of flight traffic conducted by Eurocontrol, which publicly reports on daily flight traffic levels across its member states on their website, can be used to identify the overall number of flights operated in the UK each day since 1 March 2020, and includes both commercial and non-commercial operations for international arrival, departure and domestic flights.

20 Sep 2018, 2:28 p.m. Bakerloo Line Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Mayor of London about the proposed extension of the Bakerloo line.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

Ministers and officials at the Department for Transport hold regular meetings with the Mayor of London, officials in his office and Transport for London (TfL). A range of topics are discussed at these meetings, including proposals to extend the Bakerloo Line.

26 Jul 2018, 1:05 p.m. Cycling Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking, if any, to increase the level of cycling in England.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

The Government’s statutory Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS), published in April 2017, sets out a number of actions to increase the level of cycling, alongside £1.2 billion of funding that may be invested in cycling and walking in England over the period to 2021.

Since the publication of the Strategy, the Department has identified additional funding for cycling and walking schemes, including around £77 million of support for schemes via the National Productivity Investment Fund. The Government also announced a new £1.7 billion Transforming Cities Fund in the Autumn Budget which will allow a number of cities to support projects aimed at improving local connectivity by boosting cycling and walking. The Department has commenced a major programme of technical support to help 44 local authorities in England develop their Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs).

The Government launched a call for evidence on how to improve safety for cycling and walking in March 2018 as part of the CWIS Safety Review. The Department for Transport is currently assessing over 13,000 responses and will publish its response in due course.

30 May 2018, 1:11 p.m. Railways: Franchises Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government which companies operate rail services in the UK; on which routes each company operates; and for each route, when the contract comes to an end.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

The information requested is in the table below:

DfT-managed Franchise

Official Expiry Date

Train Operating Company

Wales and Borders

14-Oct-18

Arriva Trains Wales (see note 1)

East Coast

24-Jun-18

Virgin Trains East Coast

East Midlands

03-Mar-19

East Midlands Trains (see note 2)

South Eastern

01-Apr-19

Southeastern

Cross Country

13-Oct-19

Arriva Cross Country (see note 3)

West Coast

01-Apr-19

Virgin Trains West Coast (see note 4)

Great Western

01-Apr-20

Great Western Railway (see note 5)

TSGN

19-Sep-21

Govia Thameslink Railway

Chiltern

12-Dec-21

Chiltern Railways

TPE

01-Apr-23

First Trans Pennine Express

South Western

18-Aug-24

South Western Railways

Northern

01-Apr-25

Northern Rail

East Anglia

12-Oct-25

Greater Anglia

West Midlands

01-Apr-26

West Midlands Trains

Essex Thameside

11-Nov-29

C2C

Notes

1 The UK Government has agreed in principle to transfer franchising powers to the Welsh Government who are leading and undertaking the procurement of the next Wales and Borders Franchise.

2 Anticipated direct award until 18 Aug 19. As shown on the Rail Franchise Schedule (Jul 17)

3 Assumed that at least 2 additional rail periods (Dec 19) will be utilised. As shown on the Rail Franchise Schedule (Jul 17)

4 Assumed that additional rail periods will be utilised to align with the West Coast Partnership start date (15 Sep 19)

5 Anticipated direct award until Apr 22 as announced in the Strategic Vision for Rail

30 Apr 2018, 1:03 p.m. Roads: Repairs and Maintenance Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support councils to repair road damage caused by the increased use of roads by heavy goods vehicles.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

Potholes are a menace to all road users and the Government is taking the steps to help local highway authorities improve the condition of the roads for which they are responsible, including tackling potholes.

Accordingly, the Government is providing £296 million between 2016 and 2021 to local highway authorities in England, outside London, to help repair potholes and stop them forming.

This funding is in addition to just under £6 billion which the Government is providing to local highway authorities for local highway maintenance in England, outside London between 2015 and 2021.

The Department for Transport announced in January 2017 that it is undertaking an innovative trial on the way potholes are identified and managed, working in partnership with Thurrock, York and Wiltshire councils and two private sector SMEs, Soenecs and Gaist. This trial allows high-definition cameras to be mounted to refuse collection vehicles and by deploying innovative intelligent software will identify road surface problems before they become potholes. The trial recently won an award for the best use of new technology in the highways sector.

The Government also announced in March 2018 that it is investing more than £900,000 in innovations using connected vehicles to help councils more efficiently manage and plan maintenance works.

These trials will ultimately help provide councils with data to enable them to repair potholes before they occur as well as maintain their other assets more effectively as part of their asset management plans. This will help prevent further potholes and other road defects occurring over time.

The Department for Transport is also providing funding to the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) to work on technological and innovative improvements to future-proof the local road network.

9 Jan 2018, 12:28 p.m. Vehicle Number Plates Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many trade licence plates have been approved by the DVLA; and how many are currently in use.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

The trade licensing scheme allows motor traders to use vehicles that are temporarily in their possession without the need to register and license each vehicle. A trade plate must be displayed on the vehicle, and each trade plate must be supported by a valid trade licence.

Between January and November 2017, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency approved 11,051 new applications for trade licences and trade plates. During the same period, 54,483 trade licences were renewed for use with existing trade plates.

9 Jan 2018, 12:26 p.m. Vehicle Number Plates Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much income they received from the sale of private number plates in each year since 2010.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

The table below shows the income, exclusive of VAT, which the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has passed to HM Treasury as Consolidated Fund Extra Receipts from the sale of private registration numbers since April 2010:

Financial Year

Net Income Passed to HM Treasury from Sale of Personalised Registrations

2010/11

70,405,000

2011/12

58,209,000

2012/13

57,084,000

2013/14

64,322,000

2014/15

79,591,000

2015/16

96,657,000

2016/17

110,059,000

9 Jan 2018, 12:26 p.m. Large Goods Vehicles: Taxation Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the total amount raised by the heavy goods vehicle road user levy since April 2014.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

The HGV Levy has raised £744 million between April 2014, when it began, and November 2017, which is the most recent month we have figures for.

9 Jan 2018, 12:25 p.m. Motor Vehicles: Registration Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Statutory Off Road Notifications were received by the DVLA in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, and (3) 2017.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

The table below shows the number of Statutory Off-Road Notifications received by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency over the last three calendar years. Figures for 2017 are only available from January to November.

2015

2016

Jan-Nov 2017

Number of Statutory off Road Notifications

3,410,483

3,625,901

3,519,333

9 Jan 2018, 12:25 p.m. Motor Vehicles: Inspections Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many vehicles have been inspected using the Operator Compliance Risk Score since 2015.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

In 2015, there were 48,726 vehicles inspected (40,725 lorries and 8,001 buses/coaches).

In 2016, there were 43,082 vehicles inspected (33,422 lorries and 9,660 buses/coaches).

In 2017, (to 22 December) there have been 42,885 vehicles inspected (31,920 lorries and 10,965 buses/coaches).

9 Jan 2018, 12:24 p.m. Axle Weights: Weighing Equipment Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many weighbridges there are in the UK.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

There are 51 weighbridges at Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency sites in Great Britain used for enforcement purposes.

21 Dec 2017, 1:31 p.m. Private Roads Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of unadopted roads in England.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

The Department for Transport does not hold data on the number of unadopted roads in England.

Decisions on whether to adopt individual streets are a matter for local highway authorities.