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Railways: Engineering

Volume 705: debated on Tuesday 4 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will ensure that most railway engineering work is pre-planned with an appropriate allowance made in timetables. [HL5967]

There is an internal industry process for pre-planning railway engineering work. Projects are planned at least 55 weeks in advance to ensure that the travelling public have timetable information at least nine weeks before they travel. This process is monitored and enforced by the independent Office of Rail Regulation under the conditions of Network Rail's network licence.