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To ask Her Majesty's Government what work is (a) being conducted now, and (b) planned for the next three years, to determine station usage and demand forecasts for newly opened railway lines and stations; and what is the anticipated cost of this work.
No specific work is planned to determine station usage and demand forecasts for newly opened railway lines and stations. The Department for Transport includes newly opened stations and new lines into our rail forecasting models as part of its regular update. It is not possible to estimate the cost of this work as it is carried out in conjunction with other updates.
A report entitled Station Usage and Demand Forecasts for Newly Opened Railway Lines and Stations was commissioned by the department and has recently been published on the department's website1.