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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much freight in (a) actual and (b) percentage terms was carried by (i) road, (ii) rail and (iii) water in each year from 1974 to date. 
|Goods moved (billion tonne kilometres)||Goods moved (percentage share of total)|
|Year||Road||Rail(4)||Water||Pipeline||All modes||Road||Rail||Water||Pipeline||All modes|
(4) Road and waterDfT ; RailStrategic Rail Authority ; PipelineDTI
From 1991 figures for rail are for financial years ie 1991/92 etc, and from 1998 are calculated on a new basis.
(5) The increase in 1990 is largely due to changes in coverage
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(3) what assessment his Department has made of the action plan to minimise emissions from Heathrow Airport which BAA plc was required to produce as a condition of the planning permission for the fifth terminal. 
Mr. McNulty: The Government has reviewed a wide range of evidence, including information contained within the BAA pic Air Quality Strategy and Action Plan, in considering the future development of Heathrow. The Government remains of the view that a new runway at Heathrow could not be considered unless it could be confident that levels of all relevant pollutants could be consistently contained within EU limits. Final decisions will be announced in the forthcoming air transport White Paper.
Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures the Government is taking to reduce the number of incidents caused by missiles thrown from bridges over motorways and trunk roads. 
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These include education initiatives, visits to schools by Police and local Road Safety officers, to make younger children more aware of the consequences of this type of activity. The Agency is also looking to support the Police in implementing additional enforcement measures, including increased CCTV coverage and warning notices on the approaches to problem sites. The Agency has also incorporated guidance on measures to prevent missile throwing within the latest version of its standard for the design of footbridges.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to take back into full public ownership (a) rail operations, (b) full responsibility for track renewal and (c) London Underground; and if he will make a statement. 
What is essential is for the public and private sector working together to focus on delivering improvements. Major structural change can be disruptive and would detract effort from making improvements to the day to day management of the network.
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a competitive supply market. This work is typically carried out on a project basis, making use of a specialist workforce and is well-suited to competitive tendering.
Responsibility for London Underground (LUL) transferred from central Government to Transport for London, an agency of the London Mayor on 15 July 2003. It is now for London Underground, working with the infrastructure companies, to ensure the stable long-term funding that Government is providing is used to bring the Tube up to modern standards.
Mr. McNulty: Scope for the railways to provide an alternative to short-haul air services was among the many issues on which we invited views in our consultation on the future development of air transport in the United Kingdom.
Mr. McNulty: Over 2,000 new carriages are being introduced to replace all the slam-door trainsmost of which are over 30 years oldacross the three south-of-the-Thames franchises. Railtrack failed to plan for the associated upgrade of the power supply. The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) now has a grip on the project and expects to complete it early in 2005. Meanwhile, many of the new carriages are already in service and none is in store because of power shortages. As deliveries continue, around a 100 out of over 2,000 new carriages may be stored by December, but the SRA is leading work on ways in which they might be introduced into service using existing power supplies.
Mr. McNulty: Work is currently underway to modernise the West Coast Main Line which will substantially reduce the current journey time of two hours 41 minutes. The Strategic Rail Authority's West Coast Main Line Strategy, published in June 2003, projects a reduction in minimum journey times between London and Manchester of around 40 minutes by 2007.
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