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West Coast Railway Line

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she expects the West Coast Main Line timetable due to be implemented in December 2008 to be implemented on time. (205335)

The current expectation of Network Rail is that the modernisation will be completed in December as scheduled. The Office of Rail Regulation has undertaken a review of the delivery plan of Network Rail and found it to be robust.

Some issues remain to be resolved between Network Rail and passenger and freight train operators in relation to the timings and detail of the possessions needed for the works to take place.