Railways: Electrification

Transport written question – answered on 4th November 2009.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what capital funding he has allocated for the electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak railway line; and what his Department's most recent estimate is of the total cost of the project.

Photo of Chris Mole Chris Mole Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

In January 2009, the Department for Transport made an offer to contribute a capital sum towards the cost of the electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking line conditional on Transport for London taking forward the project, including working up a business case, finding the balance of the cost and bearing all risks.

The Department's contribution could be up to £25 million, the amount depending on as yet undefined savings against the budget for the North London Line Camden Road freight scheme announced last year.

Transport for London has since indicated that there is little likelihood that it could undertake to fund and bear the risks of the Gospel Oak to Barking electrification scheme. Although Network Rail and Transport for London have made preliminary cost estimates of this scheme, the Department has not done so.

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