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Reading Station: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the likely cost of works to Reading station; and how much of this cost will result from the payment of compensation to train operating companies. (278401)

[holding answer 8 June 2009]: The Reading scheme is a five-year project, with a total value of some £800 million, increasing capacity and improving performance at a key railway junction on the Great Western Main Line.

The whole project is still being finalised by Network Rail and the detailed specification is likely to be agreed with that company in the near future.

Network Rail is aware of the outputs required by Government, in terms of additional capacity and sustained performance, but importantly the need to deliver these within the financial resources determined by the Office of Rail Regulation. The Department for Transport is also working with the railway industry to minimise any adverse impact on the operational railway during the construction phases and the need to make compensation payments to operating companies.