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Railways: Construction

Volume 458: debated on Tuesday 13 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of new railway line he plans to be constructed in each of the next five years. (126867)

In July the Secretary of State for Transport will publish a High Level Output Specification for England and Wales. This will set out the railway improvements the Government wishes to buy in terms of capacity, safety and reliability, and the funding to support this for the five-year period from April 2009. It will be for the rail industry to determine what inputs are required to deliver this.