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Track Renewals

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 14th May 2009.

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Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Secretary of State, Department for Transport 10:30 am, 14th May 2009

My hon. Friend has consistently and conscientiously raised the position of his constituents, and I well understand why he does so. I appreciate the arguments that he puts forward, and I was grateful to him for coming to see me and raising these matters directly. I emphasise that Network Rail's total output will remain as previously planned. One reason for rephasing the work is to allow what is essentially new technology to be available in the form of modular sets of points and new equipment that will allow the work to be done more efficiently and effectively. I repeat that the total amount of work will be unchanged by the rephasing.

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