Severn Tunnel: Closures

Department for Transport written question – answered on 29th June 2018.

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Photo of Nick Smith Nick Smith Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the economic effect of the temporary closure of the Severn Tunnel.

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 have closed the Severn Tunnel in preparation for electrification from London to Cardiff from 16th June – 7th July.

In preparation for the £5 billion modernisation of the Great Western Mainline, the Department funded the Swindon to Kemble redoubling project to provide a robust diversionary route for passengers and freight to South Wales.

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