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Railways: Norwich

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will hold an investigation into disruptions to the service on the Norwich to London railway line (a) at Christmas 2007 and (b) throughout 2007. (177327)

The Office of Rail Regulation has launched an investigation into Network Rail’s management of engineering projects including the causes of the engineering overrun at Liverpool Street over Christmas and new year, and expect to announce their preliminary findings by 29 February 2008. We will not seek to pre-empt the Office of Rail Regulation by speculating on causes before the report is issued.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of train delays on the Norwich to London railway line were due to problems with overhead cables in 2007. (177328)

The Department does not receive the information at this level of detail. Information about specific causes of delay is collected and processed by Network Rail. The hon. Member should therefore contact Network Rail’s chief executive at the following address for a response to his question.

Iain Coucher

Chief Executive

Network Rail

40 Melton Street

London NW1 2EE