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Inland Waterways: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the sum required to clear the maintenance backlog experienced by British Waterways; and if he will make a statement. (256164)

The KPMG report commissioned by British Waterways concluded that there is a significant gap between current expenditure and that required under steady state to maintain its waterways. However, British Waterways have advised that current expenditure is sufficient to maintain the network in a reasonable and safe condition for this comprehensive spending review (CSR) period. In this context, there is no safety backlog though British Waterways estimates that it would cost around £200 million to bring all principal and non principal assets up to steady state condition.