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Rural Transport Services

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rural rail (a) services and (b) stations have ceased to operate in each year since 1997, broken down by location. (78203)

No rural rail services have ceased to operate since 1997, only two small stretches of passenger network at Maindee Loop (near Newport) in 2005 and Sheepcote Lane Curve in 2004 (near Clapham Junction) have closed.

Four stations have ceased to operate since 1997 and 14 stations have been replaced by either light rail, tram, or a station in a new location.

The four stations which have ceased to operate are:

Etruria in 2005;

Sinfin North, Sinfin Central and Pendleton stations in 1998.