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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department provides for (a) feasibility studies for rail enhancement projects and (b) rail enhancement projects outside of the parish covered by the Statement of Available Funds for Control Period 6; and what the application process is for that funding.
In the current investment period, Control Period 5 (CP5: 2014-2019) we are investing around £15bn on enhancements – including feasibility studies and individual projects.
Within the parish of the Statement of Funds Available (SoFA) for Control Period 6 (CP6: 2019-2024), funding is included to continue to take forward enhancements that now span CP5 and CP6. The SoFA also makes provision for funding for early-stage development of enhancement schemes.
Any other rail enhancements in CP6 will need to be assessed using a new process for enhancements, building on the principles set out in the ‘Memorandum of Understanding between Department for Transport and Network Rail on rail enhancements’ in 2016. We’ll set out more information on this new process shortly.