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Rail Electrification

Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the total cost of (a) the electrification of the railway between Edinburgh and London, including costs of locomotives and rolling stock and (b) the electrification of the railway between Glasgow and Euston at constant prices, including costs of locomotives and rolling stock.

The information requested is not immediately available. I will write to the hon. Member shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport regarding the overhead catenary on (a) the east coast route into King's Cross and (b) the west coast route into Euston, if he will list (i) the diameter of the copper traction current wire, (ii) the weight of the type of pillar and arm supporting the wire in both systems and (iii) the reliability of the locomotives on each system in failures per 10,000 miles; and if he will make a statement.

The Department does not hold the information requested. Operational details are matters for British Rail.