West Coast Main Line

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 6th March 2007.

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Photo of Katy Clark Katy Clark Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran 2:30 pm, 6th March 2007

How much his Department has spent on the west coast main line upgrade.

Photo of Tom Harris Tom Harris Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Expenditure on the west coast main line upgrade to date is £7.225 billion out of a total expected cost of £8.125 billion.

Photo of Katy Clark Katy Clark Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran

I appreciate that a huge amount has been spent on upgrading the west coast main line. However, following the recent derailment, our thoughts are with the family of the bereaved and the survivors. I appreciate that the investigation is continuing, but if it becomes clear that further resources need to be invested in health and safety, does my hon. Friend agree that that funding must be provided?

Photo of Tom Harris Tom Harris Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for her comments. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has already made clear the Government's willingness to act in light of recommendations received from the rail accident investigation branch. My hon. Friend will also know that investment is running at a historical high, with £88 million being invested in the railway network every week by the Government.