Public Transport: Security

Transport written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Conservative, Lancaster and Wyre

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department has made available to (a) Network Rail, (b) Transport for London and (c) British Transport Police to improve transport security since 2005.

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

The Strategic Rail Authority provided Network Rail with £16.5 million for the capital costs of the London major stations CCTV upgrade. The upgrade comprised the provision of digital recording systems and the replacement of analogue camera systems with digital ones.

Transport for London (TfL) is funded via a block grant and for 2006-07 this will be a total £2.38 billion, a rise of over £700 million from 2003-04. Within this grant it is an operational decision for TfL to determine funding for security.

Most of the funding BTP receives is from the rail industry; however, the DfT provides capital funding. The capital funding BTP received from DfT in 2005-06 and 2006-07 amounted to £12.5 million and £10 million respectively. In addition to this the Department provided £3.6 million as a contribution to the costs of dealing with the London bombings in July 2005. This money was used to fund a variety of capital developments and improvements such as communications and information systems, fleet replacement and modernisation and accommodation improvements. All of this expenditure improved the capacity of BTP to detect and prevent crime and to improve the security and safety of the railways.

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