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Railways: Finance

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding is available to assist communities in opening and running branch railways. (126181)

There is no specific fund for reopening branch lines, but such reopenings are eligible for funding through the Local Transport Plan process, the Transport Innovation Fund and the Communities Fund. The Government's community rail development strategy encourages local stakeholders to work together to support existing lines and services and the same principles can apply to reopenings.