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Railways: Greater Manchester

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department plans to increase the carrying capacity of rail services in Greater Manchester; and if he will make a statement. (257582)

In the White Paper “Delivering a Sustainable Railway” of July 2007 the Government announced their intention to meet extra demand for rail travel into Manchester by 2013-14, namely an additional 2,200 passengers in the morning high-peak hour, and 4,100 passengers in the morning peak three hours. We are currently in discussion with relevant train operating companies on measures to meet this demand and will make announcements in due course.