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Railways: BRB (Residuary)

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 12 February 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the British Rail Residual Property Board spent in each year since its formation on (a) repairs and maintenance to abandoned railway lines; and (b) repairs and maintenance to bridges over and under abandoned railway lines. [HL1387]

BRB (Residuary) does not record separate figures for expenditure on disused railway lines from the overall cost of maintaining land on the rest of its burdensome estate. Figures for maintaining burdensome land dating back to 2005-06 are available as follows:

2005/6

£994,000

2006/7

£1,161,000

2007/8

£1,018,000

2008/9

£1,249,000 (forecast)

These figures account for removal of fly tipping, fencing, underground fires, etc.

The historic cost of repairs and maintenance to bridges over and above disused railway lines, including all inspections, assessments, major and minor works and some transfers to third parties is as follows:

2001/2

£5.9 million

2002/3

£5.0 million

2003/4

£6.3 million

2004/5

£5.9 million

2005/6

£6.6 million

2006/7

£7.0 million

2007/8

£7.7 million

2008/9

£8.3 million (forecast)

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what length of abandoned railway line the British Rail Residual Property Board owned, and was responsible for the repairs and maintenance of, in each year since its formation. [HL1388]

BRB (Residuary) Ltd does not record its land holdings by route mileage. The non-operational estate is recorded as a number of properties which includes buildings as well as land. There were 421 sites at the beginning of this financial year, of which the company anticipates selling 150 by March 2009.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the British Rail Residual Property Board spent in each year since its formation on (a) repairs and maintenance of the abandoned railway line between Colne and the former boundary between Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire, and (b) repairs and maintenance to bridges over and under that line. [HL1389]

The only expenditure recorded for this route was the removal of a tree which had fallen through a fence. Compensation of £10,000 was paid to the adjoining landowner and the fence was repaired at a cost of £3,000.

Historic maintenance expenditure, including all inspections, major and minor works on the bridges over and under the route is as follows.

Year

Inspection Costs

Maintenance Costs

Total

2001/2

£617

£0

£617

2002/3

£617

£5,555

£6,172

2003/4

£617

£2,197

£2,81.4

2004/5

£1,379

£1,500

£2,879

2005/6

£636

£40,282

£40,918

2006/7

£955

£0

£955

2007/8

£5,086

£2,730

£7,816

2008/9

£1,237

£730

£1,967