East Coast Electrification

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd December 1984.

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Photo of Dr Brian Mawhinney Dr Brian Mawhinney , Peterborough 12:00 am, 3rd December 1984

asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the east coast main line to be electrified to Peterborough.

Photo of Mr David Mitchell Mr David Mitchell , North West Hampshire

British Rail plans to introduce electrified services to Peterborough in October 1987.

Photo of Dr Brian Mawhinney Dr Brian Mawhinney , Peterborough

I apologise to you, Mr. Speaker, but I did not hear my right hon. Friend say that question No 8 was to be linked. Will my hon. Friend give my constituents an assurance that once the main line to Peterborough is electrified services will start and that we shall not have to wait until the line is electrified beyond Peterborough?

Photo of Mr David Mitchell Mr David Mitchell , North West Hampshire

I can give my hon. Friend that assurance. He has badgered me and my predecessor to bring this enhanced service to his city. I am pleased to reassure him.

Photo of Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tam Dalyell , Linlithgow

What is the timetable for the Peterborough to Edinburgh line?

Photo of Mr David Mitchell Mr David Mitchell , North West Hampshire

The electrification date for the line between Edinburgh and Newcastle is May 1991 and to Leeds 1989.

Photo of Tim Yeo Tim Yeo , South Suffolk

Is my hon. Friend aware that the electrification of the line even further to the east, to Ipswich, has been accompanied by considerable disruption, and that there will be consternation among my constituents and those in Peterborough if electrification of that line results in similar disruption?

Photo of Mr David Mitchell Mr David Mitchell , North West Hampshire

A certain amount of disruption is inevitable to achieve such major reconstruction. British Rail has said that 95 per cent. of the work will be done at a time when the track is in possession for normal maintenance. We expect hold-ups to be approximately eight minutes.

Photo of Mr Donald Anderson Mr Donald Anderson Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

Will the Minister say which is the next line, in order of priority, after the east coast main line electrification?

Photo of Mr David Mitchell Mr David Mitchell , North West Hampshire

It is for British Rail to come forward with a proposal, which we shall then consider.

Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames , Crawley

When my hon. Friend has finished electrifying the Peterborough line, will he be so kind as to put the same amount of investment into the line serving my constituents?

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

That is also rather outside the question.