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alt=""/></span> <span class='h2'>Maritime and Coastguard Agency</span> </a> <a href="/vosa"> <span class="figure"><img src="/images/logos/vosa-b.png" alt=""/></span> <span class='h2'>Vehicle and Operator Services Agency</span> </a> <a href="/vca"> <span class="figure"><img src="/images/logos/vca-b.png" alt=""/></span> <span class='h2'>Vehicle Certification Agency</span> </a> </div> <div class="section"> <p class="more"><a href="/transport-bodies">All transport bodies...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <br/> <div id="main"> <div id="primary" role="main"> <h1>404 Error – Document not found</h1> <p>Sorry, the page or document you are looking for cannot be found. We have recently redeveloped the Department for Transport website and the content you are looking for may have moved location or expired and been removed.</p> <p>The requested page could not be found:</p> <p class="box err">http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/press-releases/dft-press-20120301</p> <p>Please try one of these options:</p> <ol> <li>Check the web address for proper spelling</li> <li>Try using the site search to find the page you are looking for: <form name="cse-search-box2" id="cse-search-box2" action="http://www.google.com/cse" method="get"> <input type="hidden" name="cx" value="015887397875432906781:qb6dcmmgfas" /> <input type="hidden" name="ie" value="UTF-8" /> <input name="q" id="q2" type='search' /> <input type="image" src="/images/search.png" alt="Submit" id="q2-go"/> </form> </li> <li>If the information is intended for members of the public it might be available on <a href="http://www.direct.gov.uk">direct.gov.uk</a>.</li> <li>If the information is intended for business support or guidance it might be available on <a href="http://www.businesslink.gov.uk">businesslink.gov.uk</a>.</li> <li>Explore the <a href="http://www2.dft.gov.uk/">old DfT website</a> to see if the content is available on the previous site.</li> <li><a href="http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.dft.gov.uk/">Search archived versions of the site</a> in the UK Government Web Archive.</li> </ul> </div> <div id="secondary" role="complementary"> <h2>Did you mean...</h2> </div> </div> <div id="bodyfooter" class="footer" > <div class="section"> <div class="location"> <div class="nav breadcrumbs" role="contentinfo"> <span>You are here:</span> <a href="/" rel="index">DfT home</a> > <a href='/news'>News</a> > <a href='' class='current'>404</a></div> <div class="empty clear"></div> <div class="connect"> <a href='/news/connect/rss-feeds' class="clipwrapper"><img src='/images/social-large.png' alt='RSS Feeds' class='clip rss-feed' /></a> <a href='/news/connect/other-channels' 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best advice and information on choosing a helmet.</p> <p>An extra 27 motorcycle helmets have been rated by SHARP – the Department for Transport’s Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme – taking the total number of ratings published past the 200 mark.</p> <p>All these ratings are today published on the new <a href="http://www.direct.gov.uk/sharp">SHARP website</a> which has been overhauled to include more information for motorcyclists on how to find the right helmet for them.  The site also includes demonstrations of how the SHARP tests are carried out and how to make sure a helmet fits properly.    </p> <p>In addition, new in-store information leaflets are being made available for retailers to give them and their customers more information about the SHARP scheme.  </p> <p>Mike Penning said:</p> <p>"We estimate that 50 deaths could be prevented each year if all riders wore the safest helmets available.  That is why I am delighted to be announcing additional SHARP ratings today at the same time as the new and improved SHARP website is launched.</p> <p>"By making sure that motorcyclists have access to the best safety information, promoting further training and safe riding, and reminding drivers to look out for bikers I hope that we can improve safety for motorcyclists and reduce the number of tragedies we see on the roads each year."</p> <p>All helmets must meet minimum legal safety standards but the SHARP scheme uses a wider range of tests to provide riders with more information on how much protection a helmet can provide in a crash. The objective advice, which includes important guidance on how to select a good fitting helmet, will help riders to choose the safest helmet suitable for them. The SHARP tests – which award ratings of between one and five stars – show that the safety performance of helmets can vary by as much as 70 per cent. With helmets across a wide price range scoring highly all riders should be able to find a high performing helmet in a size and style that fits them and at a price they want to pay.</p> <p>The new website was developed in response to feedback from consumers and the motorcycle industry and SHARP is inviting motorcyclists to continue giving feedback on the new site so that it best meets their needs.</p> <p>The new <a href="http://www.direct.gov.uk/sharp">SHARP website </a></p> <h2> Notes to editors </h2> <ul> <li>The new <a href="http://nds.coi.gov.uk/ImageLibrary/detail.aspx?MediaDetailsID=1953" id="ctl00_body_detailsLinkURL">SHARP ratings</a> published today </li> <li>Motorcyclists represent approximately one per cent of UK traffic yet account for 19 per cent of  our casualty base; 493 motorcyclists died on UK roads in 2008.   Accident studies show that approximately 80% of motorcyclists killed and 70 per cent of those with serious injuries sustain head injuries.  </li> </ul> <p> 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</div> <div id="primary" > <div id="content" class="post-2332 pressrelease type-pressrelease status-publish hentry article special" role="main"> <div class="header"> <div class='hgroup'><h1>Transport statistics - vehicles travelling to mainland Europe</h1></div><table class='meta'><col class='meta-dt'/><col class='meta-dd'/><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Publisher:</td><td class='meta-dd'><a href='/news?agency=dft'>Department for Transport</a></td></tr><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Published date:</td><td class='meta-dd'> 27 May 2010</td></tr><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Type:</td><td class='meta-dd'><a href='/news/press-releases'>Press release</a></td></tr><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Mode/topic:</td><td class='meta-dd'><a href='/news?mode=roads'>Roads</a>, <a href='/news?mode=shipping'>Shipping</a>, <a href='/news?topic=freight'>Freight</a>, <a href='/news?topic=ports'>Ports</a>, <a href='/news?topic=road-transport-topic'>Road transport</a>, <a href='/news?topic=uk-shipping-industry'>UK shipping 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status-publish hentry article special" role="main"> <div class="header"> <div class='hgroup'><h1>Motorcycle test and training review ordered by Transport Minister</h1></div><table class='meta'><col class='meta-dt'/><col class='meta-dd'/><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Publisher:</td><td class='meta-dd'><a href='/news?agency=dft'>Department for Transport</a></td></tr><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Published date:</td><td class='meta-dd'> 8 June 2010</td></tr><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Type:</td><td class='meta-dd'><a href='/news/press-releases'>Press release</a></td></tr><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Mode/topic:</td><td class='meta-dd'><a href='/news?mode=roads'>Roads</a>, <a href='/news?topic=road-safety'>Road safety</a>, <a href='/news?topic=road-transport-topic'>Road transport</a>, <a href='/news?topic=vehicles'>Vehicles</a></td></tr></table> <div class="clear empty"></div> </div> <p>A review of the motorcycle testing and training regime was today announced by Road Safety Minister, Mike Penning.</p> <p>The two-part motorcycle test was introduced in April 2009 to meet the requirements of the second EU Directive on driving licences. </p> <p>The Minister ordered the review after listening to concerns from motorcycle groups and visiting a test centre to look at the testing procedure in more detail. Ways to improve training will also be considered.</p> <p>Mike Penning said:</p> <p>“Road safety is a top priority and the testing and training on offer is vital in our work to cut the disproportionately high numbers of motorcyclists killed and injured on our roads each year.</p> <p>"It is clear there are concerns among the motorcycling community about the safety of the new test’s off-road module. There have also been complaints about the difficulty for riders in some areas of accessing the off-road test centres.</p> <p>"That is why I am today asking riders, safety groups and motorcycle industry representatives to come forward with their ideas for how testing and training can be improved to ensure we produce safe, confident and responsible riders."</p> <p>The new test was introduced in order to meet the requirements of the second EU Directive on driving licences.  While most elements in the off-road module 1 test are required by the Directive, there may be scope to make some changes to the way in which the test is carried out.   </p> <p>The DfT review will look at the manoeuvres carried out in both modules 1 (off-road) and 2 (on-road) and whether these manoeuvres could safely be conducted in the on-road test.  </p> <p>The review will also look at other related motorcycle testing and training issues, including the options for training and testing for progressive access under the third driving licence directive and how any changes relate to wider proposals to improve motorcycle training and testing. </p> <p>Views are welcome from motorcycle riders, trainers, road safety groups, the wider public and others on what aspects of the motorcycle test should be looked at, including how and where they think motorcycle testing might best and most safely be carried out.  </p> <p>The precise scope and terms of reference of the review will be determined following discussions with motorcycle groups and other interested parties, with the aim of concluding the review by the autumn.  </p> <p>Views should be submitted to the Department for Transport by 31 July.</p> <h2>Notes to Editors:</h2> <ul> <li>Views can be sent to the DfT by<a href="mailto:RUSD4consultation@dft.gsi.gov.uk"> email</a></li> <li>The current motorcycle test was introduced in April 2009 and is taken in two parts: <br /> – Module 1 contains the specified manoeuvres element of the test including exercises 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class='meta-dt'/><col class='meta-dd'/><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Publisher:</td><td class='meta-dd'><a href='/news?agency=dft'>Department for Transport</a></td></tr><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Published date:</td><td class='meta-dd'> 14 June 2010</td></tr><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Type:</td><td class='meta-dd'><a href='/news/press-releases'>Press release</a></td></tr><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Mode/topic:</td><td class='meta-dd'><a href='/news?mode=rail'>Rail</a>, <a href='/news?topic=rail-value-for-money'>Rail value for money</a></td></tr></table> <div class="clear empty"></div> </div> <p>Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, announced today that he wants an independent review of value for money in the rail industry to report back early with its initial findings.</p> <p>The review by transport industry expert Sir Roy McNulty will now speed up its work so that preliminary findings are ready in time to inform Government decisions on public spending in the autumn.</p> <p>The scoping study for Sir Roy’s report, jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and the Office of Rail Regulation, was published today, setting out the key issues that need to be dealt with. </p> <p>The scoping study says that the overall cost of running Britain’s railway has risen but income from users has not kept pace, meaning an increased call on the taxpayer.</p> <p>The way forward will involve not just cutting costs, the study says, but identifying how the industry can work more innovatively, finding new ways of doing things. The study has no “no go areas” and will aim to create a range of short and long-term solutions across the entire industry. Its scope has been informed by feedback from about 100 stakeholders.</p> <p>The study will focus on eight broad themes: industry objectives, strategy and outputs; industry leadership, planning and decision-making; interfaces, incentives and structure; revenue; asset management; supply chain management; innovation, standards and safety; and people.</p> <p>The review was launched last December and asked to report in March 2011, its remit to make recommendations to improve value for money on the railway to ensure future growth is sustainable. </p> <p>Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said:</p> <p>"Passengers and taxpayers will rightly ask why it is that our railways in the UK are so much more expensive than those in the rest of Europe.  </p> <p>“Given the very significant financial constraints that we face, it is essential that we drive out inefficiencies and reduce costs. Better value for money is the only way we are going to protect train services and avoid very high rises in train fares.  </p> <p>“This report by Sir Roy McNulty will play a key role in informing how we go about creating an efficient and modern railway fit for the 21st century that provides taxpayers with value for money.”</p> <p>In setting the context of its study, the review published today said:</p> <p>-  International benchmarking carried out by ORR suggested that Network Rail is 30 to 50% less efficient in terms of maintenance and renewals expenditure than comparable European railways. </p> <p>-  The recent HS2 study found that civil engineering costs in the UK were typically up to double those in Europe.   </p> <p>-  Franchising of trains in countries such as Germany and Sweden has reportedly led to cost reductions of between 20 to 40%, while train operating costs in Great Britain are still above their level in 1996-7. </p> <p>The Office of Rail Regulation’s Bill Emery said:</p> <p>"In recent years there has been significant growth of passenger and freight traffic on the railway, while performance has improved considerably. However, the current cost of running the railway is too high, and the burden on the taxpayer too great.</p> <p>"The joint ORR and DfT Value for Money study will bring together the entire rail industry to explore ways in which we can reduce these costs so that our railway can continue to grow and prosper. The study will make recommendations about how the industry can meet the challenges of the future towards achieving our vision of a railway which delivers safety, efficiency and satisfaction levels to world class standards."</p> <p>Leader of the independent review of value for money in the rail industry Sir Roy McNulty said:</p> <p>“The railway as a whole faces significant challenges in terms of costs and affordability. Finding effective responses to these challenges will not be easy in such a large and complex industry.</p> <p>“The study team has been encouraged by the ready co-operation we are receiving from many people within the industry, and from ORR and DfT. Our aim, with their help and support, is to chart a route to a sustainable future for rail in this country”.</p> <h2>Notes for editors</h2> <ul> <li>The full scoping study is available on the websites of the <a href="http://www.dft.gov.uk/">Department for Transport </a> and the <a href="http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/">Office of Rail Regulation</a></li> <li>The former Secretary of State for Transport announced a study into the value for money of the railway on 9 December 2009, jointly sponsored by the Department and the Office of Rail Regulation. Today’s scoping study is the first published output. The final report is expected by the end of March 2011.</li> <li>The study is operating within the terms of reference announced by the Secretary of State for Transport in the Pre-Budget Report in December 2009: to examine the overall cost structure of all elements of the railway sector and to identify options for improving  value for money to passengers and the taxpayer while continuing to expand capacity as necessary and drive up passenger satisfaction. In particular, to examine:<br /> – what legal, operational and cultural barriers stand in the way of efficiency improvements; <br /> – the incentives across different parts of the rail industry to generate greater efficiency; <br /> – the role of new technology, processes and working practices in fostering greater efficiency; <br /> – ways of generating more revenue, eg car parking, gating at stations, better utilisation of property; and <br /> - to make recommendations. </li> <li>The study will examine the whole industry costs and revenues and their composition. In doing so, it will look at comparable industries in the UK and abroad.</li> <li>Sir Roy McNulty was appointed by the former Secretary of State for Transport in February 2010 as Chairman to lead a special Rail Value for Money Study.</li> <li>Sir Roy was previously Chairman of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the specialist aviation regulator, a post he held for eight years.  Prior to this he was Chairman of National Air Traffic Services Limited (NATS) from May 1999 to July 2001. He is a former Chief Executive and latterly Chairman of Short Brothers plc, the Belfast-based aerospace company now part of Bombardier Inc. 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href='/news?agency=dft'>Department for Transport</a></td></tr><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Published date:</td><td class='meta-dd'> 15 June 2010</td></tr><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Type:</td><td class='meta-dd'><a href='/news/press-releases'>Press release</a></td></tr><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Mode/topic:</td><td class='meta-dd'><a href='/news?mode=aviation'>Aviation</a>, <a href='/news?topic=air-traffic'>Air traffic</a>, <a href='/news?topic=airport'>Airport</a>, <a href='/news?topic=aviation-safety'>Aviation safety</a></td></tr></table> <div class="clear empty"></div> </div> <p>A drive to reduce long queues and the number of delayed flights was announced today as Transport Secretary Philip Hammond unveiled a new group tasked with improving operations at the major South East airports.  It will be made up of key players from the aviation world and chaired by Aviation Minister Theresa Villiers, with the initial focus on Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.</p> <p>Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said:</p> <p>"This marks the start of a new chapter in our aviation policy.  I have a clear vision for our airports which sees greater reliability, shorter queues, less hassle and better services for passengers.  It is absolutely crucial that we get this right as aviation is vital to our national economy.</p> <p>"We have been clear in our opposition to additional runways at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, so the challenge we face now is making them better within existing runway capacity constraints.  Working together with key partners within the aviation community, this group will look at how to secure the successful future of aviation in the Southeast and Heathrow’s hub status within the constraints of the existing runways.  </p> <p>"Our vision is for better not bigger airports, with new investment targeting improvements in reliability and passenger experience."  </p> <p>The group features representatives from airlines, airports, passenger groups, business, environmental groups and other industry bodies such as the Civil Aviation Authority and NATS.</p> <p>Today’s announcement complements the Government’s separate commitment in the Queen’s Speech to reform the economic regulation of UK airports, which should help to drive investment in existing airport facilities and improve performance to benefit passengers.</p> <h2>Notes to Editors</h2> <ul> <li>Members invited to take part in the group are:<br /> – Minister of State for Aviation, Theresa Villiers (Chair)<br /> – BAA Heathrow<br /> – GIP Gatwick <br /> – BAA Stansted<br /> – CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) <br /> – NATS (National Air Traffic Services) <br /> – BA (British Airways)<br /> – Virgin Atlantic<br /> – EasyJet<br /> – Ryanair<br /> – London First<br /> – AUC (Air Transport Users Council)<br /> – AOA (Airport Operators Association)<br /> – AEF (Aviation Environmental Federation)</p> <li>The first meeting of the group is expected within the next month, at which the precise terms of reference will be 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at Canary Wharf.</p> <p>The Transport Secretary saw for himself visible evidence of the progress made in construction work over the last year. He was impressed at the approach to the work so far, applying innovative technology and construction techniques to drive down costs and reduce environmental impact.</p> <p>Philip Hammond said:</p> <p>“I came to visit the Crossrail project today to signal my intention to press ahead with the major improvements in our transport system that business and passengers need.  The work being carried out at Canary Wharf is an excellent example of how this can be done in an innovative and efficient way, so that we get value for taxpayers’ money.    </p> <p>“We live in difficult economic times, but that does not mean that we should scrap big projects which would give the economy a vital boost in the future.  But it does mean that we must ensure that every pound we invest is well spent. I am determined that this scheme remains affordable – Londoners, business and the taxpayer would expect nothing less.”  </p> <p>Mr Hammond met Crossrail Chairman Terry Morgan, Rob Holden, Crossrail Chief Executive, George Iacobescu, Chief Executive of Canary Wharf Group plc, Peter Anderson, Managing Director of Finance at Canary Wharf Group and Cliff Bryant, Chief Executive Director of Canary Wharf Contractors Limited, on his first official visit as Transport Secretary to a Crossrail construction site.  The majority of works on the 74 mile route are due to be completed in 2017.</p> <h2> Notes to editors </h2> <ul> <li>On 15 May 2009 the first tubular 61ft long pile was lowered at the site of Canary Wharf Station, signalling the start of construction on the Crossrail project. Since then a further 296 tubular piles, encasing 61ft long concrete piles, and various supporting piles, ties, links and construction platforms have been installed in North Dock at Canary Wharf, forming a 4ft wide coffer dam holding back the water outside of the work site.  </li> <li> In February the pumps to remove approximately 98 million litres of water (over 40 Olympic swimming pools) from inside the work site at up to 800,000 litres/hour were started and now all of this water has now been successfully removed, revealing a work site that is 840ft long and 33ft below the level of the surrounding dock water. </li> <li>The next stages in the work include excavation of the dock bed to create a base slab to form the top of the ticket concourse, followed by top down construction of the lower slab and the Station Platform 82ft below. Canary Wharf Group plans to have the station box ready for the tunnel boring machines in summer 2012 with the station box complete and handed over in 2015. </li> <li>The use of Giken piling techniques to drain the dock is part of the innovative construction techniques being employed at the site by Canary Wharf Group, the first time specialist Giken machinery enabling more effective draining of the dock has been used in the UK</li> <li>Crossrail will run 74 miles from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 13 mile tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 60 minutes commuting distance of London’s key business districts. When Crossrail begins it’s phased delivery in 2017 it will increase London’s rail-based transport network capacity by 10 per cent, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London’s position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city.</li> <li>Crossrail will deliver substantial economic benefits for all of London and the South East after the new railway opens from 2017. A study published in February 2009 assessed the key benefits including faster journey times, reduced and public transport congestions, improved productivity and higher earnings. </li> <li>Up to 14,000 people will be employed at the peak of construction in 2013/2015 and Crossrail will facilitate employment growth of up 30,000 jobs by 2026 in central London.</li> <li>Crossrail services will begin from 2017, new 10-carriage trains carrying at least 1,500 passengers will travel through the 13 mile long tunnels, significantly reducing journey times between Heathrow, the West End, the City and Canary Wharf and providing new journey opportunities and much needed additional transport capacity.</li> <li>Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG)is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is focused on the design, construction, leasing and management of Grade A office space and high quality retail and leisure facilities on its 97 acre Estate in East London.</li> <li>Over the past 20 years CWG has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business districts, constructing over 15 million sq ft of office and retail space – more than any other company in London.</li> <li>Canary Wharf is home to some of the world’s leading business organisations, including in the professional services; media, law, energy, financial services and transport sectors. It is also home to over 200 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants – including many of Britain’s leading brands. The working population is approximately 93,000. </li> <li>The Estate includes 20 acres of landscaped parks and plazas. Canary Wharf hosts over 180 events a year and has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art.</li> <li>As at 30 June 2009 the Canary Wharf Group investment portfolio was 97.7 per cent let. The weighed average unexpired lease length was 16.9 years.</li> <li>CWG was named one of the <em>Sunday Times </em>Best 60 Green Companies in the UK in 2009. </li> <li>Canary Wharf is set for further expansion. In 2009, CWG commenced work on the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station and has continued work on a new European Headquarters for J P Morgan. 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class='meta'><col class='meta-dt'/><col class='meta-dd'/><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Publisher:</td><td class='meta-dd'><a href='/news?agency=dft'>Department for Transport</a></td></tr><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Published date:</td><td class='meta-dd'> 21 June 2010</td></tr><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Type:</td><td class='meta-dd'><a href='/news/press-releases'>Press release</a></td></tr><tr><td class='meta-dt'>Mode/topic:</td><td class='meta-dd'><a href='/news?mode=rail'>Rail</a>, <a href='/news?topic=high-speed-rail'>High speed rail</a></td></tr></table> <div class="clear empty"></div> </div> <p>The Government has begun the sale of rights to operate Britain’s first high speed railway, High Speed 1, Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, announced today. The sale will help raise funds for the public purse as well as creating better opportunities for new rail services to new destinations to run on the line.</p> <p>From today, bidders interested in running the 68 mile line – which links London to the Channel Tunnel – as well as stations such as St Pancras International, Stratford, Ashford and Ebbsfleet are being invited to come forward. The successful bidder will become the owner of HS1 Ltd which has a 30 year concession to run the line and stations.</p> <p>Philip Hammond said:</p> <p>"High Speed 1 is a national success story and a world class railway operating to international standards. The money generated by this sale will make an early significant contribution to the crucial task of reducing the public sector debt.</p> <p>"That’s good news for the taxpayer. But the sale will also bring benefits to passengers as the successful private bidder will be incentivised to attract new operators serving new routes.   </p> <p>"This is part of the Government’s approach to making our national assets – and every taxpayer pound – work harder. The Government does not have to run everything directly – we need to take prompt action where private enterprise can provide both a better deal and a superior service to the public."</p> <p>High Speed 1 is currently used by international Eurostar services between London and European destinations as well as domestic high speed services between London and Kent. Following the sale, the performance of HS1 Ltd will be independently policed by the Office of Rail Regulation to ensure that rail passengers’ interests are effectively safeguarded.</p> <h2>Notes to Editors</h2> <ul> <li>HS1 Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of London and Continental Railways Ltd., which is, in turn, directly owned by the Secretary of State for Transport. As part of the general financial restructuring undertaken last summer the Secretary of State entered into a long-term Concession with HS1 Ltd. to manage and operate the High Speed 1 railway between London and the Channel Tunnel. The Government now intends to sell HS1 Ltd. with that concession in place.</li> <li>HS1 receives revenues from track access charges paid by train companies using the line including Eurostar, which operates services between London and European cities and Southeastern Trains, which operate domestic high speed services. A key objective for the future owner will be to try to attract onto the line new services, serving new destinations.</li> <li>The sale process means that the Secretary of State for Transport will continue to own the infrastructure of the railway and the freehold to the associated land. HS1 Ltd will have the rights under the Concession to sell access to track and stations on a commercial basis. It will have to preserve the nature and capacity of High Speed 1 as a high-speed railway and to maintain and renew it to modern standards. </li> <li>The performance of HS1 Ltd. under the Concession will be independently policed by the Office of Rail Regulation. After 30 years, the current Concession will cease and the Government will once again enjoy unencumbered ownership of the assets, with the potential to re-let a further Concession.</li> <li>Bidders interested in purchasing HS1 Ltd must respond to the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire published today by 12 noon on 9 July 2010. 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New safety ratings for motorcycle helmets were announced today by Road Safety Minister, Mike Penning, as he unveiled a new website to give motorcyclists the best advice and information on choosing a helmet. An extra 27 motorcycle helmets have been rated by SHARP - the Department for Transport's Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme - taking the total number of ratings published past the 200 mark. All these ratings are today published on the new [SHARP website](http://www.direct.gov.uk/sharp) which has been overhauled to include more information for motorcyclists on how to find the right helmet for them. The site also includes demonstrations of how the SHARP tests are carried out and how to make sure a helmet fits properly. In addition, new in-store information leaflets are being made available for retailers to give them and their customers more information about the SHARP scheme. Mike Penning said: "We estimate that 50 deaths could be prevented each year if all riders wore the safest helmets available. That is why I am delighted to be announcing additional SHARP ratings today at the same time as the new and improved SHARP website is launched. "By making sure that motorcyclists have access to the best safety information, promoting further training and safe riding, and reminding drivers to look out for bikers I hope that we can improve safety for motorcyclists and reduce the number of tragedies we see on the roads each year." All helmets must meet minimum legal safety standards but the SHARP scheme uses a wider range of tests to provide riders with more information on how much protection a helmet can provide in a crash. The objective advice, which includes important guidance on how to select a good fitting helmet, will help riders to choose the safest helmet suitable for them. The SHARP tests - which award ratings of between one and five stars - show that the safety performance of helmets can vary by as much as 70 per cent. With helmets across a wide price range scoring highly all riders should be able to find a high performing helmet in a size and style that fits them and at a price they want to pay. The new website was developed in response to feedback from consumers and the motorcycle industry and SHARP is inviting motorcyclists to continue giving feedback on the new site so that it best meets their needs. The new [SHARP website ](http://www.direct.gov.uk/sharp) ## Notes to editors * The new [SHARP ratings](http://nds.coi.gov.uk/ImageLibrary/detail.aspx?MediaDetailsID=1953) published today * Motorcyclists represent approximately one per cent of UK traffic yet account for 19 per cent of our casualty base; 493 motorcyclists died on UK roads in 2008. Accident studies show that approximately 80% of motorcyclists killed and 70 per cent of those with serious injuries sustain head injuries. **Press enquiries: 020 7944 3118** **Out of hours: 020 7944 4292** **Public enquiries: 0300 330 3000**
Department for Transport
New motorcycle helmet ratings on new website
Press release
27 May 2010
SHARP - a new website to give motorcyclists the best advice and information on choosing a helmet
2010-05-27
Roads, Road safety, Road transport, Vehicles
2
The Department for Transport has today published the following transport statistics * [Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: provisional estimates Q1 2010](http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/freight/secroadseur/) All details on recent [transport statistics](http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/) releases. These Official Statistics are published according to arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. **Press enquiries: 020 7944 3118** **Out of hours: 020 7944 4292** **Public enquiries: 0300 330 3000**
Department for Transport
Transport statistics - vehicles travelling to mainland Europe
Press release
27 May 2010
Latest statistics - vehicles travelling to mainland Europe
2010-05-27
Roads, Shipping, Freight, Ports, Road transport, UK shipping industry, Vehicles
3
A review of the motorcycle testing and training regime was today announced by Road Safety Minister, Mike Penning. The two-part motorcycle test was introduced in April 2009 to meet the requirements of the second EU Directive on driving licences. The Minister ordered the review after listening to concerns from motorcycle groups and visiting a test centre to look at the testing procedure in more detail. Ways to improve training will also be considered. Mike Penning said: "Road safety is a top priority and the testing and training on offer is vital in our work to cut the disproportionately high numbers of motorcyclists killed and injured on our roads each year. "It is clear there are concerns among the motorcycling community about the safety of the new test's off-road module. There have also been complaints about the difficulty for riders in some areas of accessing the off-road test centres. "That is why I am today asking riders, safety groups and motorcycle industry representatives to come forward with their ideas for how testing and training can be improved to ensure we produce safe, confident and responsible riders." The new test was introduced in order to meet the requirements of the second EU Directive on driving licences. While most elements in the off-road module 1 test are required by the Directive, there may be scope to make some changes to the way in which the test is carried out. The DfT review will look at the manoeuvres carried out in both modules 1 (off-road) and 2 (on-road) and whether these manoeuvres could safely be conducted in the on-road test. The review will also look at other related motorcycle testing and training issues, including the options for training and testing for progressive access under the third driving licence directive and how any changes relate to wider proposals to improve motorcycle training and testing. Views are welcome from motorcycle riders, trainers, road safety groups, the wider public and others on what aspects of the motorcycle test should be looked at, including how and where they think motorcycle testing might best and most safely be carried out. The precise scope and terms of reference of the review will be determined following discussions with motorcycle groups and other interested parties, with the aim of concluding the review by the autumn. Views should be submitted to the Department for Transport by 31 July. ## Notes to Editors: * Views can be sent to the DfT by[ email](mailto:RUSD4consultation@dft.gsi.gov.uk) * The current motorcycle test was introduced in April 2009 and is taken in two parts: - Module 1 contains the specified manoeuvres element of the test including exercises designed to assess the rider's ability to control their machine safely, including avoidance and emergency stop exercises. - Module 2 includes an eyesight test and at least 30 minutes of on road riding. **Press enquiries: 020 7944 3118** **Out of hours: 020 7944 4292** **Public enquiries: 0300 330 3000**
Department for Transport
Motorcycle test and training review ordered by Transport Minister
Press release
8 June 2010
DfT review will look at testing and training of motorcycle riders
2010-06-08
Roads, Road safety, Road transport, Vehicles
4
The Department for Transport has today published the following transport statistics * [Provisional port statistics: Q1 2010](http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/maritime/ports/quarterlyresults/portstatsq110) * [Port statistics 2009 annual](http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/maritime/ports/provportstats2009) All recent [transport statistics](http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/) releases. These Official Statistics are published according to arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. **Press enquiries: 020 7944 3118** **Out of hours: 020 7944 4292** **Public enquiries: 0300 330 3000**
Department for Transport
Transport statistics - ports
Press release
10 June 2010
Latest port statistics
2010-06-10
Shipping, Ports, UK shipping industry
5
Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, announced today that he wants an independent review of value for money in the rail industry to report back early with its initial findings. The review by transport industry expert Sir Roy McNulty will now speed up its work so that preliminary findings are ready in time to inform Government decisions on public spending in the autumn. The scoping study for Sir Roy's report, jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and the Office of Rail Regulation, was published today, setting out the key issues that need to be dealt with. The scoping study says that the overall cost of running Britain's railway has risen but income from users has not kept pace, meaning an increased call on the taxpayer. The way forward will involve not just cutting costs, the study says, but identifying how the industry can work more innovatively, finding new ways of doing things. The study has no "no go areas" and will aim to create a range of short and long-term solutions across the entire industry. Its scope has been informed by feedback from about 100 stakeholders. The study will focus on eight broad themes: industry objectives, strategy and outputs; industry leadership, planning and decision-making; interfaces, incentives and structure; revenue; asset management; supply chain management; innovation, standards and safety; and people. The review was launched last December and asked to report in March 2011, its remit to make recommendations to improve value for money on the railway to ensure future growth is sustainable. Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said: "Passengers and taxpayers will rightly ask why it is that our railways in the UK are so much more expensive than those in the rest of Europe. "Given the very significant financial constraints that we face, it is essential that we drive out inefficiencies and reduce costs. Better value for money is the only way we are going to protect train services and avoid very high rises in train fares. "This report by Sir Roy McNulty will play a key role in informing how we go about creating an efficient and modern railway fit for the 21st century that provides taxpayers with value for money." In setting the context of its study, the review published today said: - International benchmarking carried out by ORR suggested that Network Rail is 30 to 50% less efficient in terms of maintenance and renewals expenditure than comparable European railways. - The recent HS2 study found that civil engineering costs in the UK were typically up to double those in Europe. - Franchising of trains in countries such as Germany and Sweden has reportedly led to cost reductions of between 20 to 40%, while train operating costs in Great Britain are still above their level in 1996-7. The Office of Rail Regulation's Bill Emery said: "In recent years there has been significant growth of passenger and freight traffic on the railway, while performance has improved considerably. However, the current cost of running the railway is too high, and the burden on the taxpayer too great. "The joint ORR and DfT Value for Money study will bring together the entire rail industry to explore ways in which we can reduce these costs so that our railway can continue to grow and prosper. The study will make recommendations about how the industry can meet the challenges of the future towards achieving our vision of a railway which delivers safety, efficiency and satisfaction levels to world class standards." Leader of the independent review of value for money in the rail industry Sir Roy McNulty said: "The railway as a whole faces significant challenges in terms of costs and affordability. Finding effective responses to these challenges will not be easy in such a large and complex industry. "The study team has been encouraged by the ready co-operation we are receiving from many people within the industry, and from ORR and DfT. Our aim, with their help and support, is to chart a route to a sustainable future for rail in this country". ## Notes for editors * The full scoping study is available on the websites of the [Department for Transport ](http://www.dft.gov.uk/) and the [Office of Rail Regulation](http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/) * The former Secretary of State for Transport announced a study into the value for money of the railway on 9 December 2009, jointly sponsored by the Department and the Office of Rail Regulation. Today's scoping study is the first published output. The final report is expected by the end of March 2011. * The study is operating within the terms of reference announced by the Secretary of State for Transport in the Pre-Budget Report in December 2009: to examine the overall cost structure of all elements of the railway sector and to identify options for improving value for money to passengers and the taxpayer while continuing to expand capacity as necessary and drive up passenger satisfaction. In particular, to examine: - what legal, operational and cultural barriers stand in the way of efficiency improvements; - the incentives across different parts of the rail industry to generate greater efficiency; - the role of new technology, processes and working practices in fostering greater efficiency; - ways of generating more revenue, eg car parking, gating at stations, better utilisation of property; and - to make recommendations. * The study will examine the whole industry costs and revenues and their composition. In doing so, it will look at comparable industries in the UK and abroad. * Sir Roy McNulty was appointed by the former Secretary of State for Transport in February 2010 as Chairman to lead a special Rail Value for Money Study. * Sir Roy was previously Chairman of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the specialist aviation regulator, a post he held for eight years. Prior to this he was Chairman of National Air Traffic Services Limited (NATS) from May 1999 to July 2001. He is a former Chief Executive and latterly Chairman of Short Brothers plc, the Belfast-based aerospace company now part of Bombardier Inc. Previous posts include President of the Society of British Aerospace Companies and Chairman of the former Department of Trade and Industry Aviation Committee. * Sir Roy was appointed as Chairman of Advantage West Midlands in May 2009 and is also Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Olympic Delivery Authority, Chairman of the Ilex Urban Regeneration Company in Northern Ireland, and a non-executive Director of Norbrook Laboratories Limited. **Press enquiries: 020 7944 3118** **Out of hours: 020 7944 4292** **Public enquiries: 0300 330 3000**
Department for Transport
Better value for money rail inquiry asked for early initial report
Press release
14 June 2010
McNulty value for money review to report back early with its initial findings
2010-06-14
Rail, Rail value for money
6
A drive to reduce long queues and the number of delayed flights was announced today as Transport Secretary Philip Hammond unveiled a new group tasked with improving operations at the major South East airports. It will be made up of key players from the aviation world and chaired by Aviation Minister Theresa Villiers, with the initial focus on Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said: "This marks the start of a new chapter in our aviation policy. I have a clear vision for our airports which sees greater reliability, shorter queues, less hassle and better services for passengers. It is absolutely crucial that we get this right as aviation is vital to our national economy. "We have been clear in our opposition to additional runways at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, so the challenge we face now is making them better within existing runway capacity constraints. Working together with key partners within the aviation community, this group will look at how to secure the successful future of aviation in the Southeast and Heathrow's hub status within the constraints of the existing runways. "Our vision is for better not bigger airports, with new investment targeting improvements in reliability and passenger experience." The group features representatives from airlines, airports, passenger groups, business, environmental groups and other industry bodies such as the Civil Aviation Authority and NATS. Today's announcement complements the Government's separate commitment in the Queen's Speech to reform the economic regulation of UK airports, which should help to drive investment in existing airport facilities and improve performance to benefit passengers. ## Notes to Editors * Members invited to take part in the group are: - Minister of State for Aviation, Theresa Villiers (Chair) - BAA Heathrow - GIP Gatwick - BAA Stansted - CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) - NATS (National Air Traffic Services) - BA (British Airways) - Virgin Atlantic - EasyJet - Ryanair - London First - AUC (Air Transport Users Council) - AOA (Airport Operators Association) - AEF (Aviation Environmental Federation) * The first meeting of the group is expected within the next month, at which the precise terms of reference will be agreed. These will then be available on the DfT website. **Press enquiries: 020 7944 3118** **Out of hours: 020 7944 4292** **Public enquiries: 0300 330 3000**
Department for Transport
Better not bigger - Hammond creates South East Airports taskforce
Press release
15 June 2010
Drive to reduce long queues and the number of delayed flights
2010-06-15
Aviation, Air traffic, Airport, Aviation safety
7
Transport Secretary Philip Hammond today visited what will be the first station of the exciting Crossrail project at Canary Wharf. The Transport Secretary saw for himself visible evidence of the progress made in construction work over the last year. He was impressed at the approach to the work so far, applying innovative technology and construction techniques to drive down costs and reduce environmental impact. Philip Hammond said: "I came to visit the Crossrail project today to signal my intention to press ahead with the major improvements in our transport system that business and passengers need. The work being carried out at Canary Wharf is an excellent example of how this can be done in an innovative and efficient way, so that we get value for taxpayers' money. "We live in difficult economic times, but that does not mean that we should scrap big projects which would give the economy a vital boost in the future. But it does mean that we must ensure that every pound we invest is well spent. I am determined that this scheme remains affordable - Londoners, business and the taxpayer would expect nothing less." Mr Hammond met Crossrail Chairman Terry Morgan, Rob Holden, Crossrail Chief Executive, George Iacobescu, Chief Executive of Canary Wharf Group plc, Peter Anderson, Managing Director of Finance at Canary Wharf Group and Cliff Bryant, Chief Executive Director of Canary Wharf Contractors Limited, on his first official visit as Transport Secretary to a Crossrail construction site. The majority of works on the 74 mile route are due to be completed in 2017. ## Notes to editors * On 15 May 2009 the first tubular 61ft long pile was lowered at the site of Canary Wharf Station, signalling the start of construction on the Crossrail project. Since then a further 296 tubular piles, encasing 61ft long concrete piles, and various supporting piles, ties, links and construction platforms have been installed in North Dock at Canary Wharf, forming a 4ft wide coffer dam holding back the water outside of the work site. * In February the pumps to remove approximately 98 million litres of water (over 40 Olympic swimming pools) from inside the work site at up to 800,000 litres/hour were started and now all of this water has now been successfully removed, revealing a work site that is 840ft long and 33ft below the level of the surrounding dock water. * The next stages in the work include excavation of the dock bed to create a base slab to form the top of the ticket concourse, followed by top down construction of the lower slab and the Station Platform 82ft below. Canary Wharf Group plans to have the station box ready for the tunnel boring machines in summer 2012 with the station box complete and handed over in 2015. * The use of Giken piling techniques to drain the dock is part of the innovative construction techniques being employed at the site by Canary Wharf Group, the first time specialist Giken machinery enabling more effective draining of the dock has been used in the UK * Crossrail will run 74 miles from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 13 mile tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 60 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts. When Crossrail begins it's phased delivery in 2017 it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10 per cent, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city. * Crossrail will deliver substantial economic benefits for all of London and the South East after the new railway opens from 2017. A study published in February 2009 assessed the key benefits including faster journey times, reduced and public transport congestions, improved productivity and higher earnings. * Up to 14,000 people will be employed at the peak of construction in 2013/2015 and Crossrail will facilitate employment growth of up 30,000 jobs by 2026 in central London. * Crossrail services will begin from 2017, new 10-carriage trains carrying at least 1,500 passengers will travel through the 13 mile long tunnels, significantly reducing journey times between Heathrow, the West End, the City and Canary Wharf and providing new journey opportunities and much needed additional transport capacity. * Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG)is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is focused on the design, construction, leasing and management of Grade A office space and high quality retail and leisure facilities on its 97 acre Estate in East London. * Over the past 20 years CWG has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world's premier business districts, constructing over 15 million sq ft of office and retail space - more than any other company in London. * Canary Wharf is home to some of the world's leading business organisations, including in the professional services; media, law, energy, financial services and transport sectors. It is also home to over 200 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants - including many of Britain's leading brands. The working population is approximately 93,000. * The Estate includes 20 acres of landscaped parks and plazas. Canary Wharf hosts over 180 events a year and has one of the UK's largest collections of public art. * As at 30 June 2009 the Canary Wharf Group investment portfolio was 97.7 per cent let. The weighed average unexpired lease length was 16.9 years. * CWG was named one of the _Sunday Times _Best 60 Green Companies in the UK in 2009. * Canary Wharf is set for further expansion. In 2009, CWG commenced work on the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station and has continued work on a new European Headquarters for J P Morgan. The opening by KPMG, State Street and Fitch Ratings of new office buildings on the Estate in 2009 and 2010 will also bring thousands of new workers to Canary Wharf on a daily basis. **Press enquiries: 020 7944 3118** **Out of hours: 020 7944 4292** **Public enquiries: 0300 330 3000**
Department for Transport
Transport Secretary visits future Crossrail station at Canary Wharf
Press release
15 June 2010
Visible evidence of the progress made in construction work over the last year.
2010-06-15
Rail, Crossrail
8
The Department for Transport has today published the following transport statistics * [Bus and light rail statistics: Q1 2010](http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/public/bus/) * [Core accessibility indicators 2009](http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/ltp/) All recent [transport statistics ](http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/)releases. These Official Statistics are published according to arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. **Press enquiries: 020 7944 3118** **Out of hours: 020 7944 4292** **Public enquiries: 0300 330 3000**
Department for Transport
Transport statistics - bus and light rail, core accessibility
Press release
17 June 2010
Latest statistics - bus and light rail, core accessibility
2010-06-17
Rail, Roads, Access for disabled people, Passenger, Public transport, Road transport, Vehicles
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The Government has begun the sale of rights to operate Britain's first high speed railway, High Speed 1, Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, announced today. The sale will help raise funds for the public purse as well as creating better opportunities for new rail services to new destinations to run on the line. From today, bidders interested in running the 68 mile line - which links London to the Channel Tunnel - as well as stations such as St Pancras International, Stratford, Ashford and Ebbsfleet are being invited to come forward. The successful bidder will become the owner of HS1 Ltd which has a 30 year concession to run the line and stations. Philip Hammond said: "High Speed 1 is a national success story and a world class railway operating to international standards. The money generated by this sale will make an early significant contribution to the crucial task of reducing the public sector debt. "That's good news for the taxpayer. But the sale will also bring benefits to passengers as the successful private bidder will be incentivised to attract new operators serving new routes. "This is part of the Government's approach to making our national assets - and every taxpayer pound - work harder. The Government does not have to run everything directly - we need to take prompt action where private enterprise can provide both a better deal and a superior service to the public." High Speed 1 is currently used by international Eurostar services between London and European destinations as well as domestic high speed services between London and Kent. Following the sale, the performance of HS1 Ltd will be independently policed by the Office of Rail Regulation to ensure that rail passengers' interests are effectively safeguarded. ## Notes to Editors * HS1 Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of London and Continental Railways Ltd., which is, in turn, directly owned by the Secretary of State for Transport. As part of the general financial restructuring undertaken last summer the Secretary of State entered into a long-term Concession with HS1 Ltd. to manage and operate the High Speed 1 railway between London and the Channel Tunnel. The Government now intends to sell HS1 Ltd. with that concession in place. * HS1 receives revenues from track access charges paid by train companies using the line including Eurostar, which operates services between London and European cities and Southeastern Trains, which operate domestic high speed services. A key objective for the future owner will be to try to attract onto the line new services, serving new destinations. * The sale process means that the Secretary of State for Transport will continue to own the infrastructure of the railway and the freehold to the associated land. HS1 Ltd will have the rights under the Concession to sell access to track and stations on a commercial basis. It will have to preserve the nature and capacity of High Speed 1 as a high-speed railway and to maintain and renew it to modern standards. * The performance of HS1 Ltd. under the Concession will be independently policed by the Office of Rail Regulation. After 30 years, the current Concession will cease and the Government will once again enjoy unencumbered ownership of the assets, with the potential to re-let a further Concession. * Bidders interested in purchasing HS1 Ltd must respond to the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire published today by 12 noon on 9 July 2010. The sale is being managed on behalf of the Government by London and Continental Railways Ltd, who are advised by UBS. **Press enquiries: 020 7944 3118** **Out of hours: 020 7944 4292** **Public enquiries: 0300 330 3000**
Department for Transport
High Speed Rail sale to raise money for public purse
Press release
21 June 2010
HS1 sale will help raise funds for the public purse as well as creating better opportunities for new rail services
2010-06-21
Rail, High speed rail

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Thank you for that kind introduction Adrian and thank you for inviting me to make a contribution to tonight's proceedings. It's an absolute pleasure to be here - and for two reasons. First, I get to make one of my very first speeches as Transport Secretary to an expert audience, at an important event- so no pressure there. And second, I get a chance to a say a big thank you for all that you do. London First and its members make a real and positive difference to our Capital and our country - your commitment and sheer hard work play a huge part in communicating the message that Britain is very definitely open for business. London First is always listened to and definitely taken seriously. And, at the risk of making her blush, one of the keys to London First's success is right here tonight - Jo Valentine. Take it from me - nobody lobbies on behalf of London's business community quite like Jo. In fact, while I was Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Jo spent so much time knocking on my door and phoning me up that, at one stage, I felt as if I was being stalked. If they make lobbying an Olympic sport in time for the 2012 Games then Jo will definitely be in the frame for a gold medal. Jo - it was a pleasure working with you and London First in opposition and I look forward to doing so in government. ## The Government's wider agenda I'm conscious that I have the privilege of being the first Cabinet Minister to address this organisation since the General Election. The election was historic in every sense of the word. And its end result is a coalition government united by a common determination to tackle the fiscal crisis we inherit and a shared vision of Britain's road back to prosperity. So, before I move on to deal with the specific issue of transport, I want to briefly talk about the key components of the Government's wider agenda. Our first goal is to restore balanced and sustainable growth - so of course that means getting the public finances back on track. That's our a top priority. But it also means supporting enterprise, getting credit flowing and rebuilding business confidence so that the private sector can generate the growth that will get us back on track. And, because we want to protect our environment, as well as strengthen our economy, we regard a low carbon future as the only viable future for Britain. We believe in a new politics where people can hold ministers and public services to account - where much greater transparency is the norm and where that transparency itself becomes a driver of behaviour change in the way Government works. But we also want this country to be a place where people think about their obligations as well as their rights. So, as well as protecting civil liberties and modernising our democracy, we'll promote individual and social responsibility as the building blocks for a better Britain. An economy that's strong and stable; an environment that's clean and green, a society that's free and fair- that's the essence of the Coaltion programme for Government: the shared vision we are determined to make a reality. ## A radically changed economic landscape But all of our work, all that this Government hopes to achieve is set against the backdrop of the inherited fiscal crisis - a crisis that has radically changed the economic landscape. The legacy of debt is recognised by the theme of this very event. Indeed, as Jo said in her recent Evening Standard article, the deficit is - "the biggest challenge facing the Prime Minister and his team." As a Government, as a country, we have no option but to confront the debt crisis head on. And deal with it now. This is the only way to restore confidence in our economy, protect our credit rating and help keep interest rates lower for longer to support the recovery. If we ignore the debt crisis, if we act like a by-stander government hoping that it will go away of its own accord, then the consequences will be as stark as they are certain - no growth and no recovery. And that's why we are acting and acting immediately. The Prime Minister has consistently said that we will cut the fiscal deficit in a way that protects the poorest and most vulnerable in our society - so compassion and fairness are at the core of our approach and we will strive to win hearts and minds and take people with us as we embark on this Herculean task. Never-the-less, getting the deficit down, and keeping it down, will require hard choices and tough decisions. Some will be deeply unpopular. Of that I have absolutely no doubt. But we will not shrink from taking them because, to do otherwise would lead us to disaster. We've already laid out our plans to achieve over £6 billion of savings this year - for example, through a recruitment freeze, reducing the costs of QUANGOs, renegotiating contracts with major suppliers across government and taking an axe to discretionary spending. And, my Department is playing its full role in delivering these savings - £683 million worth to be exact. And that is just a first instalment. The emergency budget next week will set out further reductions in public spending for the years ahead. Sir Alan Budd's report yesterday, with its sobering review of Britain's real growth prospects over the next few years will provides an independent forecast against which the Chancellor's budget will be framed: a much needed move to evidence-based policy making. ## London - the beating heart There is a new economic reality and all of us, government and business, will have to adapt to it and work within it. But, in these times of challenge and change, one thing is certain, one thing remains constant - London is the beating heart of our national economy. And transport is London's lifeblood - a vital support to its future prosperity. And, if proof were needed of the crucial role played by this City and its transport networks then it can be found in London First's latest research. The "Greater Returns" report you've just launched is a timely one, with a Budget and a Spending Review fast looming, focusing as it does on how we should prioritise and where we should invest. It's an important contribution to the debate about the future of our economy and our transport system. I will study its findings with interest - and I hope my colleagues at the Treasury will do the same. ## Working smarter So we need to protect and enhance London's transport infrastructure. But we cannot bury our heads in the sand and ignore the wider fiscal climate. London has already shared in the in-year efficiency savings in the Transport budget. And if budgets are further reduced in the Spending Review, London will, of course, have to take its share of the burden. We are all in this together. The challenge for all of us - a challenge our best businesses face daily - is to absorb budget reductions through efficiency gains, not by cutting services and projects. That means working smarter and ending waste, improving productivity and prioritising spending. In short, doing more with less. The scale of the challenge is awe-inspiring: Every day over 24 million journeys are made in the Capital. Every month more than 9 million passengers pass through London's airports. And every year 53 million tonnes of cargo are loaded or unloaded at the port of London - making it the country's second busiest port and a vital gateway to the global superhighway of the seas. And all the graphs point inexorably upward. So I know that, whether it's investment in airports and seaports, or increasing road and rail capacity, every section of London's business community will have its own priorities and favoured projects. But I also know that you will understand better than any audience the need for an utterly rigorous approach to the spending of scarce taxpayer funding. That demands we do three things: First, get the most out of what we already have by sweating public assets - just as a good business will sweat private ones. So, for example, we have to actively manage our roads, targeting modest investments to clear bottlenecks; maximising the value of networks. Second, apply a rigorous cost-benefit analysis to infrastructure projects and proposals, targeting taxpayers' money where it really makes a difference; And third, ruthlessly controlling costs of the projects we are undertaking - relentlessly value-engineering, risk managing - leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of value for taxpayers' money. And that brings me to Crossrail and Thameslink. Both vital projects for London. Both supported by business - and both supported by this Government. As a practical sign of that support I paid a visit to the Crossrail station site at Canary Wharf earlier today. And I'm pleased to report that, not only is it an impressive feat of engineering; it is on time, and on budget. I believe that Crossrail and Thameslink can be growth generators, not only for London, but for the South East and the whole of the UK. But they need to be tested and re-tested at every stage and along every mile so that we engineer costs down and drive value for money up. And let me be clear - this is not just a fiscal responsibility. In the current public spending climate, it's a moral obligation. These transport projects have an able and articulate advocate in the shape of the Mayor. In standing up for the people, and the businesses, of London Boris has proved himself a city-wide innovator, as well as a city-wide champion. So I will work closely with the Mayor - as well as with Transport for London and Network Rail - to make sure we achieve those efficiency savings and get the best return for every last penny of public money invested in Crossrail and Thameslink. But, London's transport infrastructure doesn't begin and end with these two projects - as important as they are. Just yards away from where we are now we have the magnificence of St Pancras as an example of what has been achieved, and next to it, Kings Cross, well advanced with a bid to rival it as a gateway to this great city. Less visible, but every bit as important, is London Underground's major programme of investment in the tube. Again, as well as looking to the Mayor to be relentless in pursuit of efficiency savings in this programme, I'll be working with him and his team to make sure the new arrangements for Tube Lines demonstrate continuing value for money for taxpayers and farepayers. I'll also be engaging constructively with Boris on a range of other issues that matter to the communities and businesses of our City - from tackling the scourge of over-running street-works, to promoting cleaner and greener travel, to ensuring the 2012 Olympics is a window to the world for all that is great about London and Britain. Another challenge of our time is finding innovative ways of funding capital expenditure and attracting investment. So I'm especially pleased that the Mayor is doing just that by obtaining £25 million of sponsorship from Barclays for his cycle hire scheme and the new cycle super highways. In fact, I'm so impressed that I may yet be lured to ride one. Innovation, fresh thinking and partnership working are in the DNA of the business community. So I'm sure many of you here this evening will have ideas and proposals to put to us as we seek to tackle the crisis. That's something I welcome. And rest assured - I'll have an open mind as well as an open door. ## Heathrow - better not bigger Something else we feel strongly about is that politicians should keep their promises. That's the only way we'll rebuild trust in politics. During the election, both of the partners in the Coalition made a manifesto promise to scrap the third runway. So, when I took up this job, day one, decision one was the cancellation of the third runway at Heathrow. Now I accept this hasn't been greeted with universal acclaim by business community - although it is also not true that all businesses favoured the runway project. But I believe we have made the right judgement call, for the right reasons. And let's be clear - this decision does not mean we are anti-aviation. You have a Secretary of State, a Department and a Government that understands fully, and appreciates absolutely, the social and economic benefits of aviation. But we also listened to those who would be most affected by the original proposals for expanding Heathrow - as well as those for Gatwick and Stansted. And we carefully considered the wider environmental impacts in the context of our - and our predecessors' - clear commitments on cutting climate change. So, while that decision marks the closure of a chapter in the aviation debate, it also marks the opening of an important new one. Because I believe that what our Capital, our country and our companies need is a Heathrow that's better, not bigger. A Heathrow that is properly linked to our planned nationwide high speed rail network. So that 'modal shift' can become a reality for domestic and even some short-haul European flights. But it doesn't end there. A better Heathrow should offer a world class service to the travelling public and to business users. That's the reason we outlined our important new plans in the Queen's Speech to drag the current model of airport economic regulation out of its outdated framework, and into the 21st century where it belongs. When you travel, your first encounter with any city is often through its airport. And, when you arrive in London, the airport should say something positive about the kind of city this is. It should leave people thinking what a great place to visit, what a great place to do business. What it should not say is "never ending queues, time wasting delays and second rate service". I believe our Airport Economic Regulation Bill will help ensure that this country's airports always say the right thing and leave the right memory. In the spirit of raising the game at our airports, earlier today I announced the establishment of a South East Airports Taskforce made up of key players from across the industry. Chaired by my Minister of State, Theresa Villiers, it's job will be to write that new chapter in our aviation history, exploring how to get the most out of existing airport infrastructure and improve conditions for all users. And I am delighted to be able to tell you that the group will include a representative from London First. ## Concluding remarks Tonight I've talked about this Government's wider agenda; I hope I've given you a flavour of our broad vision for the sort of transport system we want to build; and I've spoken about the consequences of the radically changed economic landscape we now find ourselves in. But, before I conclude, I want to leave you with one last observation - and it's about this great metropolis. Because, the real question is not whether London, like the rest of the country, and indeed much of the world, faces challenging times. The real question is whether London has the people and the businesses, the capacity and the character to meet those challenges head on and beat them hands down. And I have no doubt whatsoever that the answer to that question is an unequivocal Yes. There are always things we could do better; there's always progress to be made. But let's not sell this City, or the people who live and work in it, short. London has advantages that other major cities around the world can only dream of: * The language * The time zone * The sophistication of our business services * The scale and breadth of our financial sector * The global reputation of our legal system * The unparalleled cultural life of our city. I am absolutely not complacent. But fate and history have dealt London a winning hand. If we lose the game it will not be the fault of the cards we hold. But, a world class city needs world class transport. I know that's your ambition for London. Tonight I came here to tell you that it's also mine - and it's one that, by working together and by working smarter, we can deliver. Over the coming years, how we respond to the fiscal crisis; how we invest our scarce resources; how we rebuild a sustainable and diverse economy; all of these things will determine whether our city retains its place at the top of the world's premier league. And I certainly didn't go into Government to preside over a relegation. The challenges will be great - but I know we will rise to them and ensure that London remains the vibrant heart of a dynamic and prosperous Britain. Thank you. **(This speech represented existing departmental policy but the words may not have been the same as those used by the Minister.)**
Department for Transport
Speech to London First
15 June 2010
London First
Speech by Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Transport.
The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP
2010-06-15
Speech
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