Oral Answers to Questions — Transport
Mr Tony McNulty (Minister of State, Department for Transport; Harrow East, Labour)
I met my hon. Friend and my hon. Friend Mr. Miller to discuss that specific issue. I can confirm that the SRA is not proceeding with any closure process for the Halton curve. My hon. Friend will know that, although some work is planned for the Crewe-Weaver-Ditton section of the west coast main line route this year, the need to determine the curve's future is likely to rest, as he suggests, with the re-signalling work that needs to be done, currently in 2010. I certainly assure him that, at some stage between now and 2010, we will resolve the future of the Halton curve.