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Wrexham-Bidston Railway Line

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 12 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Government has for the electrification of the Bidston to Wrexham railway line. (256269)

[holding answer 11 February 2009]: A cross-industry working group led by Network Rail is assessing the case for electrifying a wide range of lines. The group is expected to publish its conclusions at the end of March.

If costs can be reduced and funding identified, it would be for Merseytravel to consider whether a Bidston to Wrexham scheme is suitable to promote for major scheme funding via its local transport plan, provided that this is endorsed as a priority as part of the regional funding allocation process.