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Leicester to London Railway Line

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) who the main service provider of the Leicester to London high speed train will be; (218182)

(2) what effect the construction of the high speed train link will have on travel times between Leicester and London until the link has been completed; and what plans she has to reduce adverse effects on travel times during this period.

The Secretary of State invited Network Rail to begin work to develop longer-term options for the railway network. As part of this, on 23 June 2008 Network Rail announced a strategic review of the case for new rail lines. It will consider five of Network Rail's strategic routes, north and west of London: Chiltern, East Coast, West Coast, Great Western and Midland Main Lines. It is too early to say what the results of this study will be or where any potential new lines might go. The study is expected to be complete in July 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the railway track improvements between Leicester and London will be completed. (218183)

This is an operational matter for Network Rail as the owner and operator of the national rail network. My hon. Friend should contact Network Rail's Chief Executive at the following address for a response to his question:

Iain Coucher

Chief Executive

Network Rail

40 Melton Street

London NW1 2EE.