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Railways: Finance

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department provides to regional and local authorities to plan and implement expenditure on new rail stations and lines. (253691)

The Department for Transport does not provide any funding to regional and local authorities specifically for the purposes of identifying and investing in opportunities for new rail stations and lines.

However, local authorities are free to use their revenue support grant for studies into new stations and lines and financially support new services. They can also use Local Transport Plan (LTP) integrated transport block funding for investing in new stations or lines. The region can also prioritise rail schemes for capital funding from within their regional funding allocation.