Railways: South West

Department for Transport written question – answered on 27th February 2018.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to On Track – the 20 year plan, published by the Peninsula Rail Task Force on October 2015, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on allocating funding for work to decrease journey times between Plymouth and Exeter.

Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to On Track – the 20 year plan, published by the Peninsula Rail Task Force on October 2015, what discussions he has had with Network Rail on decreasing journey times between Plymouth and Exeter.

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)

The Secretary of State has regular discussions on a variety of matters with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Network Rail. Development of projects that deliver journey time improvements in the southwest peninsula are included in Network Rail’s recently published Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-2024). The Government expects to announce details of the process for determining new rail infrastructure enhancements in CP6 shortly.

My Department will respond to the Peninsula Rail Task Force imminently.

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