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Railways: Finance

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much of the £15 billion for rail infrastructure which she announced recently will be set aside for (a) new stations and (b) loops to permit slow trains on high speed train lines. (159092)

The rail White Paper published in July set out the Government’s objectives for the railways and committed £15 billion in overall Government support for the railway between 2009 and 2014 in order to achieve them. It is now for the industry to determine how the money available should best be allocated in order to meet those objectives. It is therefore not possible at this stage to say which schemes might receive funding.