To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from organisations concerning the disruption to other transport users and pedestrians by British Rail when carrying out maintenance repairs; and if he will make a statement.
I am aware from British Rail that a bridge renewal scheme in the hon. Member's constituency has led to a petition from local residents about the disruption to bus services. British Rail consults highway authorities and the police where road closures and diversions are needed. In this case, I understand that BR has also recently agreed to pay for extra bussing while the bridge is closed for three weeks.