Chris Williamson (Derby North, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department
(1) has conducted an economic assessment of the potential benefits of reopening railway stations including those in Ilkeston, Belford and Baschurch;
(2) has any plans to reopen railway stations in (a) Ilkeston, (b) Belford, (c) Baschurch and (d) other locations.
Theresa Villiers (Minister of State (Rail and Aviation), Transport; Chipping Barnet, Conservative)
It is for the promoters of new stations, normally local authorities and PTEs, to carry out an economic assessment of the potential benefits of re-opening railway stations and to secure capital funding.
Derbyshire county council is promoting a new station at Ilkeston and is endeavouring to secure capital funding. Northumberland county council is considering whether to proceed with a new station at Belford. We have had no indication that Shropshire county council is planning to re-open the station at Baschurch.