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Railways: Finance

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will estimate the costs of running a Sunday rail service (a) overall and (b) for each train operating company (i) on Christmas day and (ii) on Boxing day. (177334)

We have no plans to do so. Whether or not to run services on Christmas day and Boxing day is primarily a matter for the commercial judgment of Network Rail and train operators who are best placed to assess the potential costs and revenue. This has, though, to be balanced against the need to carry out major infrastructure upgrades at times when trains are not running.