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Railway Stations

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to improve the efficiency and delivery of larger station projects as part of the future delivery of the Railways for All Programme; and if he will make a statement. (254934)

Setting efficiency targets for Network Rail activity is a function of the Office of Rail Regulation. The “Regulator’s Period Review”, published in October 2008, sets challenging targets for Network Rail to improve efficiency over the five year period from April 2009.

Network Rail are moving towards a modular station design, and an integrated approach to station planning, in order to leverage efficiencies and minimise disruption to passengers during enhancement, renewal and maintenance works, including access for all.

The Department for Transport is working closely with Network Rail to support initiatives which improve performance and delivery of station projects, and present opportunities to realise economies of scale.