asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether, as part of their new investment strategy for the railways set out in the White Paper of 24 July, they intend to replace the single track line between Salisbury and Yeovil with a modern double track system throughout its length. [HL5083]
The new South Western franchise includes a commitment by South West Trains to operate hourly services from London Waterloo to Exeter subject to the necessary infrastructure being in place to allow such a service to operate. Network Rail has committed to provide this infrastructure, which requires the provision of additional loops, but not the full doubling of the route from Salisbury to Exeter.