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Railway Track

Volume 468: debated on Monday 26 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department has authorised the sale of any land containing disused rail lines in the last six months. (165291)

The disposal of non-operational property owned by BRB (Residuary) Ltd. (BRBR) is governed by guidance issued to the company on 26 July 2007 which I outlined in my statement to Parliament on that date. Since 1 April 2007, BRBR have disposed of 13 properties that contain disused rail lines. The disposal of railway property owned by Network Rail is undertaken in accordance with the conditions of their network license. Compliance with these conditions are monitored and enforced by the Office of Rail Regulation.