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Railways

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers travelled on the west coast main line in each of the last five years; and what the total number of passenger miles travelled was in that period. (93591)

Statistics on passenger rail journeys are published by the Office of Rail Regulation in National Rail Trends. The 2005-06 yearbook edition covers passenger journeys on each train operator, including Virgin West Coast, but figures are not available for the whole of the west coast main line.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what total amount of freight was moved by rail in each of the last 20 years. (93657)

Statistics relating to the amount of rail freight moved in the years from 1986 to 2004 are published in the Transport Statistics Great Britain document which is available on the Department for Transport’s website (www.dft.gov.uk). The equivalent information for 2005 is available in the rail trends document that the Office of Rail Regulation publishes on its website: www.rail-reg.gov.uk. Copies of both documents are held in the House Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of rail track have been replaced in each of the last 20 years. (93659)

This is an operational matter for Network Rail, as the owner and operator of the national rail network. The hon. Gentleman should contact Network Rail’s chief executive at the following address for a response to his question.

John Armitt

Chief Executive

Network Rail

40 Melton Street

London NW1 2EE

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total (a) private and (b) Government expenditure has been made on rail services in each of the last 20 years. (93667)

Details of historic Government and private expenditure on rail are contained in National Rail Trends (NRT) copies of which are in the Library of the House. NRT is also available on the Office of Rail Regulation’s website at http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/server/show/nav.129

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passenger rail journeys were made in each of the last 30 years. (93676)

Statistics on passenger rail journeys are published by the Office of Rail Regulation in National Rail Trends. Longer time series are available in the Department’s publication Transport Statistics Great Britain. Both publications are available in the House Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what Government spending on British Rail was in the last full year before privatisation; and what the most recent full year's subsidy was of (a) the privatised rail companies and (b) Network Rail or its predecessor. (93681)

Details of historical Government expenditure on rail are contained in National Rail Trends (NRT) copies of which are in the Library of the House. NRT is also available on the Office of Rail Regulation's website at http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/server/show/nav.129