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Railways: Consultants

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2008, Official Report, column 173W, on railways: consultants, (1) what work is being carried out by consultants on behalf of her Department on the feasibility of a high speed rail link between London and Birmingham; (202168)

(2) what work is being done by her Department on the feasibility of a high speed rail link between London and Birmingham.

[holding answer 28 April 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.