East Coast Railway Line
Stephen Hammond (Shadow Minister, Transport; Wimbledon, Conservative)
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what his estimate is of the financial effects on the economy of the failure of National Express's East Coast Main Line franchise.
Chris Mole (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport; Ipswich, Labour)
The failure of National Express East Coast will not result in a cost to the economy. The Government ensured the continuity of rail services through the use of its statutory powers.