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Railways: Finance

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department has allocated for new railway infrastructure in each year since 1997 and in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11. (253313)

Network Rail is responsible for investing in the majority of new railway infrastructure in the United Kingdom. The company is funded through a combination of direct grants from Government and track access charges levied on train operators.

Details of Government expenditure on the railway as a whole, as well as investment in rail by the rail industry are set out in “National Rail Trends”, which is published by the Office of Rail Regulation. Copies of “National Rail Trends” are available in the Library of the House and on the ORR's website at:

http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk

Details of the Government's plans for future investment in the railway years are set out in the White Paper “Delivering a Sustainable Railway”, which was published and announced to Parliament on 24 July 2007. This can be found on the Department for Transport website at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/about/strategy/whitepapers/whitepapercm7176/hitepapersustainablerailway1.pdf.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to establish a regional rail budget to allow local transport authorities to (a) re-open closed rail stations and (b) open new rail stations. (253805)

There are no proposals to establish a regional rail budget. Regions can consider investment in rail schemes alongside other transport schemes when determining priorities in the use of their regional funding allocation (RFA).