Public Transport

Transport written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Ashok Kumar Ashok Kumar PPS (Rt Hon Hilary Benn, Secretary of State), Department for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures have been taken and how much has been allocated since 1997 to improve the safety of public transport in (a) England, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

We do not hold the information sought in the form requested.

The Department continues to support the work of the police, local authorities and transport operators to tackle crime on public transport. We are developing, evaluating and disseminating good practice on reducing crime and the fear of crime wherever it occurs in the transport system. We have also introduced the secure stations scheme and launched the safer travel on buses and coaches panel. As Sponsor Department for the British Transport Police we have encouraged and assisted the force, through implementation of legislation and increased funding, to fulfil its responsibilities for policing the railways.

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