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Rail Electrification

Volume 173: debated on Thursday 24 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the estimated rate of return on the investment approved for the electrification of the Carstairs-Edinburgh line.

Electrification of the Carstairs-Edinburgh line for InterCity services was approved by British Rail itself, on the basis that the scheme meets BR's normal criterion of an 8 per cent. financial return for investment in its commercial sectors.