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Great Western Route

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will investigate the reasons for (a) recent delays on the Great Western route and (b) track performance problems in hot weather. (78031)

[holding answer 19 June 2006]: I have held meetings with First Great Western and Network Rail to assess performance. Joint action plans are in place between Network Rail and FGW to address performance issues. These are monitored monthly.

Whether to impose temporary speed restrictions during spells of hot weather is a matter for Network Rail to judge in line with its normal operating procedures.