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West Coast Railway Line

Transport written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Conservative, Tamworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the likely effect of technological changes to business working on the forecast demand for passenger travel on the West Coast Main Line to 2035.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport

In so far as evidence is available on the impact of technology on rail demand, this is included in any demand forecasts. Research on new and evolving influences on rail demand is carried out on an ongoing basis by the Department for Transport and the rail industry's Passenger Demand Forecasting Council.

Forecasting demand to 2026 for the West Coast Mainline will be a matter for the bidders on the new franchise. As part of its evaluation process, the Department will review any evidence and assumptions included within the bids.

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