Public Transport

Transport written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Labour, Hartlepool

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve the contribution of the transport infrastructure to the economy.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The Eddington Transport Study's recommendation to focus investment aimed at improving productivity on the three strategic priorities of congested and growing city catchments, key inter-urban corridors and key international gateways. The Department for Transport's 2007 annual report details estimated capital spending of over £5.9 billion in 2006-07 to support reliable and efficient local, regional and inter-regional transport systems. Furthermore, the Transport Innovation Fund will provide more than £9 billion over seven years from 2008-09 to support schemes of benefit to national productivity, and innovative local transport packages aimed at tackling congestion. The Department's formal response to the Eddington recommendations will be published in the autumn alongside the comprehensive spending review.

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