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Railways: Capital Investment

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to improve the railway network over the next three years; and what capital improvements of over £10 million each are planned to start in that period. (126865)

Improvements in capacity and performance are being achieved through the record investment the Government are making in the railway. Two projects in particular—the West Coast Main Line upgrade and Channel Tunnel Rail Link Stage 2—are due to be completed in the next three years. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State also announced, earlier this month that a thousand new carriages will be introduced on some of the most congested routes in the country.

The High Level Output Specification, due to be announced in the summer of this year, will set out other Government’s requirement for railways from 2009-10 and subsequently.