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London to Cardiff Railway Line

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 745W, on the London to Cardiff railway line, where the potential new rail line along the Great Western main line being examined by Network Rail would end. (219083)

The Secretary of State invited Network Rail to begin work to develop longer-term options for the railway network. In response to 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.