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Railways: Essex

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reasons were for the overrunning of engineering works affecting train services between Liverpool Street and Essex over the Christmas and New Year period; and if she will make a statement. (179569)

The independent Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has launched an investigation into Network Rail’s management of engineering projects including the causes of the major engineering over-run at Liverpool Street over Christmas and the new year. The ORR expects to publish its findings by 29 February 2008. We will not seek to pre-empt the ORR’s investigation by speculating on causes before its report is issued.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the reasons are for the disruption of the Liverpool Street to Chelmsford rail line experienced since 31 December 2007; what steps are being taken to improve the quality of service for commuters on that line; and if she will make a statement; (179431)

(2) for what reasons Liverpool Street Station was not fully operational for commuters on 1 January 2008; and if she will make a statement.

[holding answer 16 January 2008]: The independent Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has launched an investigation into Network Rail’s management of engineering projects including the causes of the major engineering over-runs at Liverpool Street over Christmas and the new year. The ORR expects to publish its findings by 29 February 2008. We will not seek to pre-empt the ORR’s investigation by speculating on causes before its report is issued.