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Railways: Electrification

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) pursuant to page 17 of Building Britain's future, when he expects to bring forward plans for rail electrification; (289814)

(2) pursuant to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 29 June 2009, Official Report, column 22, on Building Britain's future, when he intends to set out his plans to advance the electrification of transport.

On 23 July the Government announced the electrification of the Great Western Main Line between London and Swansea, and of the line between Liverpool and Manchester via Newton-le-Willows. Full details are contained in the document “Britain's Transport Infrastructure: Rail Electrification,” available online at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/rail/pi/

Copies have been placed in the Library of the House.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2009, Official Report, column 762, on transport: finance, whether Network Rail will be reimbursed for its work electrifying the railway during the 2009 to 2014 spending review period. (290161)

As with other rail investments, the cost of electrification will be funded by Network Rail and supported by the Government.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2009, Official Report, column 762, on transport: finance, whether Network Rail will undertake the work of electrifying the railways during the 2009 to 2014 spending review period. (290162)

On 23 July the Government announced the electrification of the Great Western Main Line between London and Swansea, and of the line between Liverpool and Manchester via Newton-le-Willows.

On the Great Western Main Line, electrification between London and Bristol will be complete by 2016, and between London and Swansea by 2017. Some of this work will take place during the 2009 to 2014 spending review period.

On the Liverpool-Manchester line, electrification will be complete by 2013. All of this work will take place during the 2009 to 2014 spending review period.