British Railways (Operating Costs)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st July 1981.

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Photo of Mr Robert McCrindle Mr Robert McCrindle , Brentwood and Ongar 12:00 am, 1st July 1981

On the relationship of the Government to British Rail, while I wholly welcome the electrification programme announced recently, is it not a fact that unless there is a substantial investment programme over the next 10 years to replace signalling and track, about 15 per cent. of British rail services, including especially the commuter services around London, will become unusable? Are these facts being taken into account in all the difficult negotiations which the Secretary of State is undertaking in relation to British Rail?