Railways: Stoke on Trent

Transport written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Joan Walley Joan Walley Labour, Stoke-on-Trent North

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding is available to reopen strategic and inter-regional links of disused rail lines, including the Leek to Stoke-on-Trent line; and if he will make a statement.

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

No funding is specifically allocated to rail re-openings. We are, nevertheless, always prepared to look at proposals of this sort put forward as priorities by regions and local authorities, provided that they are supported by a proper business case. I am not aware of any current plans to re-open the Stoke-on-Trent to Leek line but any proposal which did come forward would be considered on this basis.

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