Neil Bibby: Recently we have seen completion of the Borders rail link, but now it is time for the Scottish National Party Government to seriously invest in the West Scotland rail network. The Glasgow crossrail scheme would provide economic and transport benefits to Renfrewshire, as well as to Inverclyde and Ayrshire, by connecting those areas directly with central and eastern Scotland. That issue was...
Lord Greaves: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive the results of the review by Sir Peter Hendy of Network Rail projects in Control Period 5; whether those results will be subject to a period of consultation; and if so, who they plan to consult on them.
Mary Fee: I thank the minister for that answer. “We must develop alternatives to the reliance on the M8 and the road network, which is hard-pushed to cope with demand, particularly at peak times, so with rail now becoming possible once again we should seize the opportunity. What I’m suggesting is the route that would go from Braehead to Glasgow, as this would involve minimal...
Derek Mackay: Railway safety policy has not been devolved to the Scottish ministers and remains reserved to the United Kingdom Government. The Office of Rail and Road is the UK member state’s railway safety authority and is responsible for ensuring, with enforcement if necessary, that the safety performance of train operators, including those operating the ScotRail and sleeper franchises, continues...
Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what Schedule 4 compensation payments have been made by Network Rail to train operators on the Great Western Mainline as a result of electrification of the line.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: Network Rail identified possible schemes for upgrading the line between Exeter and Salisbury in its Wessex and Western Route Studies, published in August 2015. Schemes included the creation of additional double track sections, in order to improve journey times and route capacity. The costs and benefits of full line re-doubling were not assessed. Network Rail stated that the...
Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate was made of the cost of Control Period 5 in (a) the initial industry plan published in September 2011 and (b) Network Rail's final strategic business plan.
Claire Perry: Network Rail have advised the Department that since the GWEP ECAM determination on the 12 September 2014, they have identified that the cost forecast will be higher. As part of Sir Peter Hendy’s review Network Rail intends to produce a revised baseline plan later in autumn 2015.
Claire Perry: The Department is working with Network Rail and First Great Western to appraise the case to increase the Oxford – Worcester train services to half-hourly and to reduce journey times.
Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he was consulted prior to Network Rail's decision to reshape the South West Trains Alliance announced on 12 June 2015.
Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Network Rail has requested an increase to its CP5 borrowing facility limit since 4 July 2014.
Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of Network Rail's decision to pause the Ely to Soham double tracking project on the forecast maximum number of freight trains per day that could be run on the Felixstowe to Nuneaton route by the end of Control Period 5.
Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department received a copy of Network Rail's Control Period 5 Business Plan Update on 31 March 2015.
Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the time taken by Network Rail to reach GRIP 3 single option selection of the East West Rail Western Section Phase Two on the delivery timetable of that project.
Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Sir Peter Hendy's review of Network Rail's investment programme is examining the company's maintenance and renewals spending plans for Control Period 5.
Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with the East West Rail Consortium and Network Rail on the possible inclusion of the East West Rail Central Section in the industry's initial plans for Control Period 6.
Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the capacity of the rail network to meet future demand; and if he will make a statement.
Lord Krebs: ...Her Majesty’s Government whether the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, or any other legislation, confers on local planning authorities powers to enforce conditions that they have imposed upon Network Rail when approving a planning application.
Marie Rimmer: ...in the city centre. There is no car park nearby. People have to travel within the town centre to get a train out to Liverpool and then walk across the city or get another mode of travel. The travel network is not described accurately in the documentation. The consultation document states that the court was utilised at approximately 62% capacity, but that figure has been seriously...
Andrew Percy: ...the same facts, but it is important to put on record that Scunthorpe produces 3.2 million tonnes of steel per year as semi-finished slabs, blooms and billets, as well as finished products such as plate, sections, rail and wire rod. We are grateful that the important Network Rail contract was confirmed a year or two ago. It has a fantastic workforce who are proud to work in the steel...