Great Western Railway Line

Transport written question – answered on 1st February 2013.

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Photo of Alistair Darling Alistair Darling Labour, Edinburgh South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the level of investment needed to maintain and improve track and signalling on the Great Western main line between London and Bristol in (a) 2013 to 2020 and (b) 2020 to 2033.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department for Transport

Future maintenance and enhancement requirements for the route are established for each Control Period by the Government's High Level Output Specifications and Statements of Funds Available and Network Rail's delivery plans.

Details of enhancements under way at the moment were set out in Network Rail's Control Period 4 Delivery Plan and include work to be completed by March 2014.

Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan, published on 15 January 2013, sets out its plans for maintenance and renewal for Control Period 5 from 2014 to 2019. This plan is currently being reviewed by the Office of Rail Regulation.

I would expect Network Rail to produce estimates for the period 2020 to 2033 during the course of Control Periods 6 and 7.

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