Network Rail: Housing

Department for Transport written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Ian Mearns Ian Mearns Chair, Backbench Business Committee, Chair, Backbench Business Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of housing units for rent or sale built by Network Rail or its contractors since 2013.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Transport), Minister of State (London)

Network Rail has committed to releasing land for homes to support the government’s housing goal of building 1.5 million homes between 2015 and 2022.

Network Rail itself has not built any housing units for rent or sale, and nor has its contractors. Network Rail releases surplus land to sell to developers. The current programme of sales is expected to enable developers to build around 12,000 homes for the period of 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2020. Having sold the land, Network Rail does not have control over nor tracks the number or type of houses built.

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