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Public Transport: Cambridge

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the Cambridge Capacity Study. (126052)

It is my intention to make a copy of the study available in the House Library. This will take account of any commercial sensitivities and will be available once the evaluation of the study's options is complete.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timetable is for a decision on the Cambridge Capacity Study. (126053)

DfT is currently in the process of evaluating the options proposed by the study, which was received in late December 2006. In order to take full advantage of potential minor infrastructure enhancements, a decision on the preferred option would be required by summer 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes to the rail timetable are proposed in the Cambridge Capacity Study. (126054)

The options currently under evaluation represent a combination of amending the current service pattern to make better use of the available train capacity, running a small number of additional services and some train lengthening.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to consult on rail timetable changes proposed in the Cambridge Capacity Study. (126055)

To the extent that any proposed changes to the timetable arising from the preferred option are beyond the current First Capital Connect (FCC) service level commitment, FCC, not the Department for Transport, is obliged to consult with all statutory stakeholders.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Cambridge Capacity Study includes estimates of the likely changes to journey times for commuters in North East Hertfordshire; and if he will make a statement. (126056)

The study includes various timetable options which may result in some journey time changes. To the extent that any of the options are taken forward and are in excess of the journey time specified in the current service level commitment, First Capital Connect is obliged to consult with all statutory stakeholders.