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Rapid Transit Systems

Volume 468: debated on Monday 26 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of her officials are working on proposals relating to light rail. (164627)

The Department is currently working on a number of proposals from local authorities that relate to light rail. These proposals are in various stages of development from the initial submission of a business case, to those which are applying for statutory powers to operate and others which are close to finalising their bids for full funding approval.

As these schemes are complex the Department has to draw upon a number of disciplines for the provision of legal and financial advice, economic appraisal of the schemes, as well as the assessment of project delivery.

Currently we estimate that 28 departmental officials are involved in this. However, given the nature of this work this will fluctuate.