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Railways

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the original budgeted costs were for the refurbishment of Sheffield train station; and how much the refurbishment has cost to date; (89642)

(2) how long the refurbishment of Sheffield train station is scheduled to take; what progress has been made with the refurbishment; and if he will make a statement.

These are operational matters for Network Rail, the owner and operator of the national rail network. The hon. Member is advised to contact Network Rail's chief executive at the following address for a response to his questions:

John Armitt

Chief Executive

Network Rail

40 Melton Street

London

NW1 2EE

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact on passenger numbers of the proposed cutbacks to the rail service from Melksham. (89992)

The changes referred to will have a negligible impact on ridership within the First Great Western franchise.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes there have been to the reliability of rail services on the Barking to Gospel Oak line since Transport for London began funding additional services on the route. (91455)

The moving annual average reliability figure for Silverlink’s Barking to Gospel Oak line was 97.1 per cent. in January 2004. This had increased to 97.8 per cent. by September 2006—an improvement of 0.7 per cent. since Transport for London sponsored additional services on the route.