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Wrexham-Bidston Railway Line

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research has been carried out into the extent of the potential for modal shift away from cars of the electrification of the Wrexham-Bidston railway line. (124327)

I am aware that the Borderlands Rail Study commissioned by the Taith Consortium of North Wales local authorities, the Welsh Development Agency, Merseytravel and Cheshire county council assessed the economic case for investment in the Wrexham-Bidston line, including electrifying all or parts of it.

The benefits of reduced road congestion would be taken into account formally in the assessment which would be required from the promoters of any rail proposal seeking Government funding.