London-Exeter Railway Line

Department for Transport written question – answered on 23rd September 2015.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the economic, environmental and social effects of converting the railway between Exeter and Salisbury to double-track throughout its length.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Parliamentary Under-Secretary

Network Rail identified possible schemes for upgrading the line between Exeter and Salisbury in its Wessex and Western Route Studies, published in August 2015.

Schemes included the creation of additional double track sections, in order to improve journey times and route capacity. The costs and benefits of full line re-doubling were not assessed.

Network Rail stated that the schemes it had evaluated could be an option for delivery in Control Period 7 (2025-2029) or beyond.

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