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Transport: Finance

Transport written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Stephen Hepburn Stephen Hepburn Labour, Jarrow

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport

(1) how much his Department has spent on transport in (a) South Tyneside, (b) Tyne and Wear, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997;

(2) how much capital expenditure on roads there was in (a) the North East and (b) England in each year since 1997.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Minister of State (Department for Transport)

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given on 28 January 2009, Hansard, columns 535-6W.

In addition, I also refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to Mr. Stuart on 28 January 2009, Hansard, columns 534-536W. This provided tables showing the available data on regional expenditure on new construction/improvement and structural maintenance on motorways and trunk roads, as well as regional expenditure on new improvement for highways, lighting, road safety and structural maintenance on local roads for 1999-2000 to 2006-07. The data do not enable new road construction to be identified as a separate category.

The Department has provided the following support for public transport major schemes in the north-east.

Tyne and Wear

Stephenson Link (£6.444 million)

Four Lane Ends Interchange (£7.625 million)

Centrelink and Gateshead Interchange (£17.442 million)

NewcastleGateshead Quaylink (£4.74 million)

Eldon Square Bus Station (£10.970 million)

Rest of north- east

Durham Park and Ride (£9.163 million)

Tyne and Wear Metro

The Department has provided the following sums to support the operation of the Tyne and Wear Metro. It is not possible to split this expenditure between South Tyneside and the other Tyne and Wear local authority areas.

£ million
Revenue support Capital support Total subsidy
1996-97 8.795 8.795
1997-98 8.619 8.619
1998-99 8.630 8.630
1999-2000 9.428 9.428
2000-01 9.787 9.787
2001-02 9.884 9.884
2002-03 11.831 11.831
2003-04 13.407 13.407
2004-05 15.952 15.952
2005-06 13.713 4.180 17.893
2006-07 18.057 4.305 22.362
2007-08 20.779 4.391 25.170
2008-09 19.943 7.131 27.074

Up to and including 2004-05, grant was provided solely as revenue support although Nexus were able to use this for capital spending on the Metro. Since then the annual subsidy has included a separately identifiable amount for capital spend.

Additionally the Department has provided the following specific funding for the Tyne and Wear Metro:

Purpose Year Amount (£ million)
Extension of the Metro to Sunderland 1999-2000 to 2003-04 37.465
Metrocar refurbishment 2000-01 0.46
Four Lane Ends Bus/Metro Interchange 2002-03 to 2004-05 7.625
CCTV provision 2000-01 7.2
Development costs for Metro Reinvigoration 2008-09 3.155

For total transport expenditure in England, table 1.15 of Transport Statistics Great Britain 2008 provides central and local Government expenditure:

The Treasury provides a breakdown of regional spend by service in Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses. The latest figures for public expenditure on transport are given in table 9.9 and 9.10:

Before 1 April 2008, funding for the statutory minimum bus concession was provided exclusively through the Formula Grant system, which is administered by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG). The Department for Transport therefore provided no separate funding for concessionary bus travel from 2001, when the statutory minimum was first introduced, until 2008.

The Department provided funding in 2007-08 for the cost of producing and issuing the new England-wide bus passes to all those eligible.

In 2008-09 and 2009-10 special grant funding is being provided by DFT to meet the additional cost of the new, England-wide concession.

Concessionary fares funding:

£ million
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
South Tyneside 0 0 0
Tyne and Wear 0.94 5.38 5.50
North East 2.14 10.31 10.56
England 30.48 212 217

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