Railways: Floods

Treasury written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the economy of (a) the UK and (b) the South West of the track disruption caused by flooding in 2014.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Transport.

It is too early to assess the impact on either the UK or SW economies. This will be done as part of the post emergency review which government has already announced. Studies being undertaken by Network Rail to consider long term options to ensure rail services to SW England can be sustained will also include an economic assessment.

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