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Railways: South East

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect of the draft determination of the Office of the Rail Regulator on (a) platform lengthening at Royston and (b) electric power upgrades on the line from Kings Cross to Cambridge; and if she will make a statement. (211076)

I am pleased that the Office of Rail Regulation has confirmed that the Government's specification for a substantial increase in rail capacity by 2014, with further improvements in reliability and safety, is affordable within the funds we have made available. Passengers at Royston will be among the many that will benefit from our widespread investment in the railways. Improving the power supply between Cambridge and Kings Cross, and lengthening the platforms at Royston and other stations, will enable longer trains to operate, meeting the growing peak demand.