Worksop-Retford Railway

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th January 1973.

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Photo of Mr Joe Ashton Mr Joe Ashton , Bassetlaw 12:00 am, 24th January 1973

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the current annual subsidy for the Worksop-Retford railway line.

Photo of Mr John Peyton Mr John Peyton , Yeovil

The only available figures relate to the Sheffield-Lincoln and Sheffield-Cleethorpes passenger services, both of which use the Worksop-Retford line. The respective grants for these services are estimated at £331,000 and £233,000 in 1973.

Photo of Mr Joe Ashton Mr Joe Ashton , Bassetlaw

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that my constituents consider that this is money very well spent if it keeps heavy lorries and juggernauts out of this rural area? Can the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that this line will not be curtailed or closed in the next 10 years?

Photo of Mr John Peyton Mr John Peyton , Yeovil

I cannot give any such undertaking for 10 years, nor could any Minister in respect of any line. However, there are no current closure proposals.