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West Coast Railway Line

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 13 May 2008, Official Report, column 1433W, on the West Coast railway line, what contingency plans are in place should the implementation of the West Coast Main Line timetable due in December 2008 need to be delayed. (206590)

The Government remain confident that Network Rail can deliver the December 2008 timetable changes on schedule. In the event that the timetable was to be delayed, existing services would continue. However, the Department for Transport is aware of the changes that would need to be made to franchises and the impact of any delay on the delivery of other projects. These matters were carefully considered by the Secretary of State when she decided to support delivery of the December 2008 outputs on schedule.