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Railways: Investment

Volume 692: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their response to the criticisms by the Confederation of British Industry on 15 May on the long-term problems caused by under-investment in railway infrastructures and the delays in the Crossrail project. [HL3843]

While the affordability challenge represented by Crossrail is significant, the Government remain committed to the project. This commitment is demonstrated by the progress made on the Bill and the fact that over £400 million has been committed to fund work developing the detailed Crossrail plans, including an additional £154 million that has been recently agreed for ongoing project development.

Across the rail network as a whole, the Government are spending an unprecedented £88 million a week. This is making up for maintenance backlogs, helping deliver major projects such as phase two of the Channel Tunnel rail link and the west coast main line upgrade, and contributing towards a range of other improvement and capacity enhancement schemes.