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Metals: Theft

Transport written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was of replacing cable stolen from each rail franchise in each of the last five years.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

holding answer 7 November 2011

Any cable that is stolen from the railway is stolen from Network Rail, as the owner and operator of the infrastructure, and not the individual rail franchisee.

Network Rail estimates that the cost of replacing stolen cable including replacement cable and labour costs but not the cost of compensation to train operators affected by the disruption, in 2008-09 was £4.4 million; in 2009-10 was £3 million; and in 2010-11 £4.3 million.

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