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Intercity Express Programme

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on consultants during the procurement process for the Intercity Express Programme since 2007. (262932)

The Intercity Express Programme represents the most significant UK rolling stock investment ever and appropriate resources are therefore required to ensure best value is achieved both for rail passengers and taxpayers.

The Department for Transport has committed a total of £4.2 million in 2007 and £8.0 million from 2008 to end January 2009. This includes all of the project and programme management; business case; technical; financial; legal; procurement; and industry advisers required to deliver a programme valued at £7.5 billion.