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Railways: Construction

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what preparatory steps she has taken in connection with the possible future construction of high-speed rail lines. (203339)

[holding answer 1 May 2008]: The Secretary of State has invited Network Rail to lead work on the development of our understanding of the complex options that may be needed in the future, in the context of the Department for Transport’s wider strategic planning process. This will include looking at the feasibility and potential role of new railway lines, whether high speed or conventional.