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Trunk Road Network (Investment)

Volume 974: debated on Monday 26 November 1979

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asked the Minister of Transport upon what basis he adjudges the relative merits of £1 million invested in the trunk road network as against £1 million invested in rail electrification.

It is for the Railways Board to put forward proposals for electrification if it sees a sound case for such investment. I am not therefore required to make direct comparisons of the kind envisaged in the question.The interim report of the joint study on electrification sets out the way the costs and benefits of electrification are being analysed.