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Thameslink 2000

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make an estimate of the required funding for Thameslink 2000; and if he will make a statement. (96921)

Network Rail, in their Initial Strategic Business Plan (July 2006) has estimated the cost of the Thameslink Programme to be £3.5 billion (at 2006 prices).

However, a funding decision will be considered over the next few months in the light of the emerging conclusions of the cross-government Comprehensive Spending Review and the development of the new High Level Output Specification for Network Rail.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make a decision on the required funding for Thameslink 2000; and if he will make a statement. (97488)

A funding decision on the Thameslink programme cannot be made in isolation and will be considered over the next few months in the light of the emerging conclusions of the cross-government Comprehensive Spending Review and the development of the new high level output specification for the railway.