asked Her Majesty's Government:
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 7 March (WA 58), whether they will alter their assessment of the annual passenger growth rate over the next 10 years, bearing in mind that the train operating companies operating long-distance services increased their carryings by 9.7 per cent in 2006. [HL2538]
We are continuing to evaluate projected growth in passenger numbers as part of the preparation of the forthcoming high-level output specification. This evaluation will take account of evidence provided from recent trends in numbers of passengers carried.