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Railways: Northern Region

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to increase rail capacity between Durham and Newcastle. (257991)

In the White Paper “Delivering a Sustainable Railway” of July 2007 the Government announced their intention to meet extra demand for rail travel into “other urban areas” (including Newcastle) by 2013-14; in total, 2,000 passengers in the morning high-peak hour, and 3,600 passengers in the morning peak three hours for all such areas. The Government are currently in discussion with relevant train operating companies on measures to meet this demand, and will make announcements in due course.