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Railways: Timetables

Volume 716: debated on Wednesday 13 January 2010

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government why the rail journey times between London and Newcastle are longer for late evening services than earlier in the day, in particular for the Durham to Newcastle stretch. [HL1162]

Network Rail undertakes much of its maintenance of the national rail network overnight and at weekends. At these times, parts of the network may be closed or only open to services travelling at reduced speeds, depending on the nature of maintenance work taking place.

If a service has to travel via a different route or at a reduced speed, this will affect the time which a train takes to complete its journey.

Detail relating to the specific services in question can be obtained from East Coast or Network Rail as follows:

Elaine Holt, Chair, East Coast, 1/18 Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR; and

Iain Coucher, Network Rail, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG.