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Rail Network

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 9 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of British Rail's total network will be continuous welded track in the years 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91 and 1991–92.

The proportion of railway track operated by British Rail that will be continuous welded track in the years listed is as follows:

Per cent.
1988–8961
1989–9063
1990–9164
1991–9265

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the £1,020 million planned to be spent by British Rail on infrastructure improvement in the period 1987–88 to 1991–92, as set out in its current five-year corporate plan, he expects to authorise to be spent on replacing existing track and new track.

I understand that British Rail plans to spend about £700 million on track renewal and replacement in the period 1987–88 to 1991–92.