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Railways

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his plans are to overcome capacity problems on the rail network. (83859)

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his plans are to overcome capacity problems on the rail network. (83861)

We are increasing capacity in a number of ways. Through the franchising process, we are securing increases in train carrying capacity. And we are working with Network Rail on major projects to increase capacity, including the West Coast upgrade and Thameslink. Next year will see the opening of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. And next summer we will publish the High Level Output Statement detailing what we expect to buy from the railway from 2009-14. Capacity will be a key element.