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Railways

Volume 931: debated on Wednesday 11 May 1977

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13.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is his policy towards improved productivity on British Railways.

42.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he is satisfied with current levels of productivity on British Rail.

I always welcome improved productivity in transport, as we must all do, throughout British industry.

14.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is his policy towards trunk route electrification on British Railways.

I look at any schemes the Railways Board submits to me on their merits.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from the Central Transport Consultative Committee and other bodies on proposals to replace rail by bus services; and whether he will make a statement.

I have noted the views of the Central Transport Consultative Committee on the Railways Board's proposals and I have heard many other views from time to time.

32.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has received any estimate from the British Railways Board of the number of track miles on which passenger services may have to be withdrawn by 1986 in the event of a continued flat investment level for British Railways beyond 1981.

37.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with rail passengers about future rail policy.

Frequent; as a rail passenger myself I am always listening and taking note.

40.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is the present track mileage of British Railways; if any plans exist to cut down on this in the next year; and whether any agreement on this has been arrived at with the National Union of Railwaymen, the Amalgamated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Footplatemen, and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association.

22,311 on 1st January 1977. I know of no such plans; the question of agreement, therefore, does not arise.

41.

Evans asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of railway lines have been closed in Wales during the last 20 years; and how many remain fully active for freight and transport.

million at outturn prices)
19721973197419751976
Eastern18·722·630·147·239·2
London Midland28·325·724·330·929·0
Scottish14·112·010·817·115·8
Southern14·718·323·928·621·1
Western10·011·113·216·311·9
Investment not directly attributable to any one region has not been included.