Transport: Urban Areas

Transport written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Dai Davies Dai Davies Independent, Blaenau Gwent

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the comparative safety record of the operation of lightweight trams, light rail and buses in urban areas.

Photo of Tom Harris Tom Harris Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government annually record and publish information concerning safety incidents in relation to the operation of lightweight trams, light rail and buses.

For specific public transport schemes for which departmental funding is required, safety issues are also integral to the New Approach To Appraisal (NATA) process when assessing the benefits of the proposal.

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Ken Brookman
Posted on 28 Mar 2007 12:50 pm (Report this annotation)

Is My MP proposing a new lightweight trams and light rail systems for this constituency??? If so he had better mention it to some of his party members who may then be able to tell him that we are getting a railway line opening this year. There are no Assembly or local council plans for trams or a light railway system. Perhaps he could check with this friend the AM who may be able to help him with local issues. But is he is referring to the anniversary of the Mumbles (Swansea Mumbles that is not Willowtown Mumbles) system which was on TV the other night so decided he want's one here??? Very Strange.

There may be a call for a cross valley link from Abertillery via Cwm etc on into the Sirhowy valley.. Could be a great rollercoaster ride over the three valleys and may bring some tourists with the biggest rollercoaster in the World here in B Gwent. I suppose if that is the plan then it is worth consideration. Suggest the Peoples Voice puts it in their manifesto at the elections.

anthony lynch
Posted on 30 Mar 2007 12:56 pm (Report this annotation)

Actully Ken thers a Tunnel running from the Corus site to the back of Tredgar Town Centre that could be Utilised if some Objective 1 match funding was sent down from London. Perhaps you could ask the Party members to raise the matter with Big Brother

Ken Brookman
Posted on 31 Mar 2007 2:10 pm (Report this annotation)

Sorry Anthony didn't know that tunnel existed but it could be interesting.