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Railways: Bridges

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what weights bridges across railway lines are required to support. (177803)

The carrying capacity of public highway bridges crossing railways is a matter for agreement between the relevant highway authority and the bridge owner (which may be the highway authority itself).

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding her Department has provided for the (a) maintenance, (b) repair, (c) rebuilding and (d) construction of bridges across railway lines in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. (177804)

The Department for Transport provides funding to Network Rail, the Highways Agency and local highway authorities to support the construction and maintenance of their networks, but does not separately identify how much of this is spent on bridges crossing railways.