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?
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?
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.