asked Her Majesty's Government:In view of the recent high rainfall, whether they remain satisfied with the integrity of the Severn railway tunnel. [HL185]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty)
I understand from Railtrack that the amount of water entering the tunnel has risen above normal levels over the last two weeks. However, there remains sufficient reserve pumping capacity to manage the increase in a safe and controlled manner.