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England and Scotland Rail Links

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

10. To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for high speed rail links between England and Scotland. (228334)

The Government are looking at the need for additional transport capacity as part of the new approach to planning set out in the October 2007 document Towards a Sustainable Transport System. While Network Rail are reviewing the case for new lines as one option, increased capacity and enhancements to the existing network are equally important as shown by the £8.8 billion investment on upgrading the West Coast Main Line, leading to reduced travel times.

12. To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for high speed rail links between England and Scotland. (228336)

The Government are looking at the need for additional transport capacity as part of the new approach to planning set out in the October 2007 document ‘Towards a Sustainable Transport System’. While Network Rail are reviewing the case for new lines as one option, increased capacity and enhancements to the existing network are equally important as shown by the £8.8 billion investment on upgrading the West Coast Main Line, leading to reduced travel times.