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Railways

Transport, Local Government and the Regions written question – answered on 16th May 2002.

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Photo of Gordon Prentice Gordon Prentice Labour, Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much the Strategic Rail Authority has spent (a) on its own account and (b) in grants to organisations on feasibility studies into the possible re-opening of closed railway lines; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr David Jamieson Mr David Jamieson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions

The table indicates how much the Strategic Rail Authority has spent, or committed to spend, on feasibility studies into the re-opening of closed lines.

Project Approximate cost (£)
West Midlands Capacity Study 100,000
East Coast Main Line-related routes 1,000,000
East London Line Extension 4,000,000
Matlock to Buxton 190,000

The authority is considering giving support to a number of other schemes.

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