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Felixstowe to Nuneaton Railway Line: Finance

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on the Felixstowe to Nuneaton rail route in each year since 1997; how much her Department plans to spend in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d) 2012 and (e) 2013; and how much of this expenditure is intended to improve the freight carrying capacity of the line. (204023)

The amount of money spent on the Felixstowe to Nuneaton route since 1997 is a matter for Network Rail. The White Paper—‘Delivering a Sustainable Railway’—provided for £200 million to create a strategic freight network of which £50 million has been proposed for Ipswich to Nuneaton capacity enhancements. A further £80 million of Productivity—Transport Innovation Fund money was announced in October 2007 for gauge and capacity enhancements between Peterborough and Nuneaton.

All this expenditure is intended to enhance freight capacity on the route but will benefit passenger services as well. The annual breakdown of spend on these projects between 2009 and 2013 is a matter for Network Rail.