Wealden Line

Transport written question – answered on 9th July 2002.

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Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry Shadow Minister (Children, Young People and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the electrification of the Wealden Line to be completed.

Photo of Mr David Jamieson Mr David Jamieson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

holding answer 8 July 2002

My right hon. Friend has accepted advice from the Strategic Rail Authority that there is currently no case for electrifying the Wealden Line, as the costs far outweigh the benefits. Equivalent passenger and operational benefits will be secured, significantly earlier, by introducing modern diesel trains to replace the 40-year-old trains currently operating services on the line. However, it is recognised that circumstances may change over time and the SRA therefore intends to secure a full electrification study after the new South Central franchise has run for five years.

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