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West Coast Railway Line

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what account was taken of the travelling requirements of people attending the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final in scheduling maintenance work on the West Coast Main Line on the weekend of 28 and 29 August 2009. (286672)

The planning and timing of engineering works is an operational matter for Network Rail under the national possessions regime overseen by the independent Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). Under this regime the majority of engineering possessions are specifically planned by industry-wide agreement, often up to 18 months in advance—and well before the identity of the Rugby League Cup Final teams becomes known.

Network Rail advises that on Saturday 29, Sunday 30 and until 6.30 a.m on Monday 31 August it will be taking a number of possessions on the southern section of the West Coast Main Line, meaning this section of the line will be closed to train services. As a result, passengers travelling between Birmingham New Street and London will be on hourly shuttle services which will be diverted via the Chiltern Line, though the southbound services will still terminate at Euston.